Joseph North is Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies at Yale University, where he focuses on 20th and 21st century literature in English, the history of literary criticism, the history of universities, critical methodology, theories of the literary, and the politics of aesthetic education. His research is primarily in the literature of British modernism, with a special interest in the history and theory of criticism throughout the 20th century. His book, Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History, tracks the history of Anglo-American literary criticism from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, focusing particularly on the question of its political character.