Moglen, Seth

Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. University of California, Berkley, 1999

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Seth Moglen is a South Side resident and teaches in the English Department and in the American Studies and Africana Studies programs at Lehigh University. He is a scholar of modern American literary and political movements (click here for his faculty webpage.

Moglen is the author of Mourning Modernity: Literary Modernism and the Injuries of American Capitalism and he has published widely on modern American literature, on emancipatory political movements in the U.S. and Britain, and on the democratic promise of the 21st-century university. He is currently at work on a book, “Bethlehem: American Utopia, American Tragedy,” which employs modernist literary techniques to explore the 270-year history of one iconic American city. This project has been supported by research fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2009-10) and the American Council of Learned Societies (2014-15).

Moglen served as founding Co-Director and then Director of South Side Initiative from 2007- 2013. He has been especially active in SSI’s Public Humanities activities and helped to coordinate the Free Speech campaign in 2012-2014. He is currently working on the “Women of Bethlehem Steel” oral history project. Moglen has served on many nonprofit boards in the city of Bethlehem, including Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem, and the South Bethlehem Historical Society.