Dr. Helene Remiszewska is a Research Fellow at New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at the City University of New York. She previously taught liberal studies at NYU Los Angeles, as well as literature, rhetoric, and writing at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her Ph.D. in English at UT Austin in 2018; she also holds an M.A. in English from UT Austin (2013) and a B.A. in English and American Literature from NYU (2011).
Her research focuses broadly on labor and the laboring body, haunting and the supernatural, and American work-ethic culture. She has also written on histories and depictions of cannibalism, monstrosity, and urban spaces. She’s taught classes on race, gender, and fashion, marginalized literary communities and pop culture, and literary histories of American oppression, in addition to several first-year writing courses.
Drawing from her doctoral research that examined how early American fantasies of colonial violence prefigure working-class ideologies of national belonging in the mid-nineteenth century, she’s developing her current book project around the dehumanization of the laboring body under American industrial capitalism amid the gig econony. She’s particularly interested in the symbiotic relationship between popular imaginings of sex work/ers and the legislation that criminalizes erotic labor, as well as how alternative economies both reinforce and subvert post-recession national mythologies.