Michael Rectenwald


Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies

Ph.D Carnegie Mellon University- Literary and Cultural Studies

M.A. English Literature, Case Western Reserve University

B.A., English Literature, University of Pittsburgh

Areas of Interest: History and philosophy of science; secularism; science and literature; future(s) of science and technology; composition theory and pedagogy

Course(s) Taught: Global Secularisms, Writing I & II, Cultural Foundations II & III


    NYU Center for the Humanities Research Grant, Fall 2015
    Research Challenge Grant Recipient, Fall 2014
    Research Challenge Grant Recipient, Summer 2012
    NYU Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant Recipient, Summer 2011
    Technology Academy Grant, Summer 2011
    Research Challenge Grant Recipient, Summer 2010
    NYU Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant Recipient, Summer 2009

Intellectual Autobiography

Teaching Statement: Please see Extended Teaching Statement.



Rectenwald, Michael and Lisa Carl. Academic Writing, Real World Topics. (Concise Edition). Peterborough, Ont: Broadview Press. (2016)

Rectenwald, Michael. Nineteenth-Century British Secularism: Science, Religion and Literature. Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (February 2016)

Rectenwald, Michael and Rochelle Almeida, Eds. Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age. Boston: De Gruyter. (2015)

Rectenwald, Michael and Lisa Carl. Academic Writing, Real World Topics. Peterborough, Ont: Broadview Press. (May 2015)

Articles in Journals and Books:

Rectenwald, Michael. "Secularism." George Eliot in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. July 2013. PP 271-278.

Rectenwald, Michael. "Secularism and the cultures of nineteenth-century scientific naturalism." The British Journal for the History of Science. 46.2 (June 2013): 231-254. (Copyright, British Society for the History of Science.)

Rectenwald, Michael. "Craig on God and Morality." Co-authored with Thomas W. Smythe. International Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. 51, No. 3, Issue 203 (September 2011): 331-338.

Rectenwald, Michael. “Reading Around the Kids.” Constance Coiner and Diana Hume George, eds., The Family Track: Keeping Your Faculties while You Mentor, Nurture, Teach, and Serve. University of Illinois Press, 1998, pp. 107-13.

Book Reviews:

Rectenwald, Michael. “A Category in Contention.” Review of Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity, G. Dawson, B. Lightman (Eds.), University of Chicago, 2014. Endeavor 39.1 (March 2015): 3.

Rectenwald, Michael. "Naturally Scientific": Review of The Age of Scientific Naturalism: Tyndall and His Contemporaries, Bernard Lightman and Michael S. Reidy, eds. Pickering & Chatto, 2014. Endeavour Vol. 38 No. 3–4, pp. 151-52.

Rectenwald, Michael. "Local Histories, Broader Implications:" Review of Patricia Donahue and Gretchen Flesher Moon, eds. Local Histories: Reading the Archives of Composition. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007. Series in Composition, Literacy and Culture. College Composition and Communication. Vol. 60, No. 2 (December 2008): W53-W57.

Web Only:

Rectenwald, Michael, "The Singularity and Socialism.” Insurgent Notes: Journal of Communist Theory and Practice. October 5, 2013.

Rectenwald, Michael. "Postmodernism, the Academic Left, and the Crisis of Capitalism." Insurgent Notes: Journal of Communist Theory and Practice. March 11, 2013.

Rectenwald, Michael. "Darwin's Ancestors: The Evolution of Evolution." The Victorian Web. December, 2008.

Rectenwald, Michael. "The Construction and Deconstruction of Science in Middlemarch." The Victorian Web. December, 2008.

Popular and Creative:

Rectenwald, Michael. "Launching Pad." Ductsorg RSS. N.p., Issue 31. 01 June 2013.

Breach: Collected Poems, Apogee Publishing, 2013

The Thief and other Stories, Apogee Publishing, 2013.

The Beat Generation Meets The E-Generation,” review of Orpheus Emerged by Jack Kerouac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, February 11, 2001.

Who's afraid of a Woolf Biography? Scholarly, Feminist Examination of Writer's Life Discards Romantic Bravado,” review of Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, August 24, 1997.

Milton Finds and Loses Paradise in the New World,” A review of Milton In America by Peter Ackroyd, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, July 13, 1997.

The Landscape Of Yeats' Life Emerges From A Personal Perspective,” review of W.B. Yeats: The Man And The Milieu by Keith Alldritt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, June 8, 1997.

An Apprentice's Appreciation: Learning And Growing As A Poet, With Allen Ginsberg For A Guide: A Eulogy for Allen Ginsberg,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, April 20, 1997.

The Eros of the Baby Boom Eras, Bethesda, MD: Apogee Books, l991 (Poetry).

"The Eros of the Baby Boom Eras," The New York Quarterly, 44, 1990.

Poems appeared in Pig Iron Press, 13 (1987).

Professional website: http://www.michaelrectenwald.com
Blog: http://www.apogeepublishing.com/blog/
Updated on 11/08/2016