inadequate futures


Alex Christie

Loyola University Chicago, Department of English

1032 West Sheridan Road // Chicago, IL 60660

alexj.christie [at]


  • 2019 (expected): PhD, English Literature

    • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL
  • 2014: MA, English Literature

    • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL
  • 2013: BA, English Literature; BA, Philosophy

    • Pennsylvania State University, State College PA
    • Phi Beta Kappa


inadequate futures: subjectivity, ethics, futurity
Committee: Suzanne Bost (director), Paul Jay, Pamela Caughie
Abstract: 'inadequate futures' argues that building a more equitable and ethical future requires reimagining the relationship among the human and nonhuman forces that co-constitute the world. Reading contemporary literature and film alongside new materialism, animal studies, and affect theory, I position posthumanism as a vital resource for enacting this future.
Interests: contemporary literature and theory, posthumanism, new materialism, ecocriticism, ethics, theory of the novel, media studies, popular culture, public humanities, digital humanities


  • Adjunct Instructor [Arrupe College, Chicago]

    • 2019: College Writing II (Spring, 2 sections)
    • 2018: College Writing I (Fall, 2 sections)
  • Instructor of Record [Loyola University Chicago]

    • 2018: UCWR 110 Core Writing Seminar: Writing in the Contemporary (Spring)
    • 2017: ENGL 288 Nature in Literature: Human @ the Limit (Spring)
    • 2016: ENGL 273 Exploring Fiction: Remediating Narrative (Fall)
    • 2016: UCLR 100 Core Literature Seminar: Stranger Than Fiction (Spring)
    • 2015: UCWR 110 Core Writing Seminar: Writing in the Contemporary (Fall)
    • 2014: UCWR 110 Core Writing Seminar: Writing Responsibly (Fall)
  • Teaching Assistant [Loyola University Chicago]

    • 2017: ENGL 354 Contemporary Critical Theory (Spring)
    • 2015: ENGL 354 Contemporary Critical Theory (Spring)
    • 2014: UCWR 110 Core Writing Seminar: Writing Responsibly (Spring)


  • Forthcoming: 'Sustainability and the Posthumanities.' Co-authored with Katie Dyson. Mission Driven: Reimagining Graduate Education for a Thriving Humanities Ecosystem. Ed. Stacy Hartman and Jenny Strakovsky. Modern Language Association of America.
  • Under consideration at Configurations: '"flying at our hand": Towards an Ethics of Intra-Active Responsibility.'
  • 2018: 'Review of Stacy Alaimo's Exposed.' ASAP/Journal. January 2018 (online).
  • 2017: 'Smooth Talk.' Real Life Mag. November 2017 (online)


  • 2018: “Ethical Emergency and Posthumanist Emergence”

    • American Studies Association, Atlanta GA
  • 2018: “diffracting autotheory/autotheoretical diffractions”

    • Capacious: Affect Inquiry/Making Space, Lancaster PA
  • 2017: “Towards an Intra-Active Ethics”

    • Modern and Contemporary Studies Institute, State College PA
  • 2016: “Hollywood Hacker Bullshit: Popular Hacktivism in Mr. Robot”

    • Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association, Seattle WA
  • 2016: Respondent – Instant History: The Postwar Digital Humanities and Their Legacies

    • Loyola University Chicago
  • 2015: Respondent – Modernism’s Legacies: (Post)Postmodernism

    • Loyola University Chicago
  • 2015: “Nonhuman Art and Refiguring the Public Sphere”

    • The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Greenville SC

Related Experiences

  • 2018: Web Administrator and Developer

    • Gerard Manley Hopkins Website – Loyola's Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities
  • 2018: Course Designer – Graduate Assistant

    • Loyola University Chicago School of Law – Center for Online Programming
  • 2018: Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy Online Teaching Course

    • Loyola Universeity Chicago
  • 2017: Modern and Contemporary Studies Initiative Summer Institute

    • Penn State University
  • 2015-2017: English Graduate Student Association – Treasurer
  • 2014: Medieval Disability Seminar

    • Newberry Library, Chicago IL
  • 2014: "Affect and Modernity" Seminar

    • 24th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Chicago IL

Honors & Awards

  • 2015: Stanley Clayes Essay Winner, Loyola University Chicago
  • 2012: Dotterer Scholarship, Penn State
  • 2011-2013: University Trustee Scholarship, Penn State
  • 2010-2011: Academic Competitiveness Grant, Penn State
  • 2009-2013: Dean’s List, Penn State
  • 2009-2013: George S. Wykoff Scholarship, Penn State