Cyrus R. K. Patell is Professor of Literature at NYUAD and Professor of English at NYU in New York. He began his scholarly career as a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century American literature and culture, but his recent scholarship and teaching has centered on the theory and practice of cosmopolitanism, on late-twentieth-century U.S. emergent literatures, and on the literature and culture of New York City. He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Undergraduate Honors for the English Department at NYU. From 2010-2013, Patell was the Associate Dean of Humanities for NYU Abu Dhabi.
At NYU Abu Dhabi, Patell teaches a variety of courses including "Foundations of Literature I & II," "Global Shakespeare," and "Technophilia and Its Discontents." Past courses include "The Cosmopolitan Imagination," "Speculative Fiction," and "Classic American Literature."
Recent publications include Emergent U.S. Literatures (NYU Press, 2014) and Cosmopolitanism and the Literary Imagination (Palgrave, 2015). Patell is presently at work on a study of the seminal punk band The Clash and a study of the ways in which Shakespeare's Hamlet became part of global cultural heritage. He is co-editing (with Deborah Lindsay Williams) volume eight of the twelve-volume Oxford History of the Novel in English (general editor Patrick Parrinder) on the American novel after 1940.
Patell serves as the publisher for Electra Street: A Journal of the Arts and Humanities and its sister publication, Airport Road, a journal of student creative work. He is co-director, with Rubén Polendo, of the NYUAD Global Shakespeare Project.
Patell received his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. His blogs include patell dot org and Patell and Waterman's History of New York.