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Mark BauerleinProfessor Emeritus


Mark Bauerlein earned his doctorate in English at UCLA in 1988.

He taught at Emory from 1989-2018, with a two-and-a-half-year break in 2003-05 to serve as the Director, Office of Research and Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Apart from his scholarly work, he publishes in popular periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education. His latest book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30 was published in May 2008.

He recently co-edited a collection of essays entitled The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism, published in 2015.


  • Ph.D., UCLA

Selected Publications

  • Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (Encounter Books, 2001)
  • Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997)
  • The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief (Duke University Press, 1997)
  • Whitman and the American Idiom (Louisiana State University Press, 1991)
  • Civil Rights Chronicle: The African American Struggle for Freedom, with Clayborne Carson, Myrtle Evers-Williams, Todd Steven Burroughs, Ella Forbes, and Jim Haskins (Publications International, Ltd., 2003)
  • A Handbook of Literary Terms, with Dana Gioia and X. J. Kennedy (Longman, 2004)