Michael Levenson, Director

Michael Levenson is William B. Christian Professor of English at the University of Virginia and author of  A Genealogy of Modernism (Cambridge University Press), Modernism and the Fate of Individuality (Cambridge University Press), The Spectacle of Intimacy (Princeton University Press, co-author Karen Chase), and the forthcoming Modernism from Yale University Press (2011). He is also the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Modernism (2000, 2nd edition 2011).

He has been awarded a series of grants and fellowships, including a Mellon Fellowship (2002-2005), a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1995), and Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant (2010 — ).

He has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Chicago, York, Sussex, Warwick (among others) and has published essays in such journals as Modernism/ Modernity ELH, The New Republic, Wilson Quarterly, and Raritan.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Professor Levenson received his B.A. from Harvard College and Ph.D from Stanford University. His interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century transatlantic literatures, the Broadway Musical, the history of literary theory, and global comparative cultures.


Angela Nemecek, Program Administrator

Angela Nemecek received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in August of 2012.  Before coming to UVA, Angela earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She has published both scholarly and creative work. Angela manages communications matters, day-to-day operations, and event planning for the Institute. You can reach her by email>.


Emily Tonks, Intern, UHI Chair

Emily Tonks is currently a 4th year at the University of Virginia graduating in May 2015 with a double major in biochemistry and art history. After UVA, she will be working with the Boston Consulting Group in Washington, D.C. Emily handles event planning including the Global Film Series and daily operations for the Undergraduate Humanities Initiative (UHI). She is also Chair of the UHI. You can reach her by email at


Katherine (Katie) Abbott, Intern

Katie Abbott is currently a 3rd year at the University of Virginia graduating in May 2016 with a double major in Economics and Modern Literature and Culture.  Katie handles web page updates, social media outreach, and event planning, including Slam Poetry events, for the Undergraduate Humanities Initiative (UHI) and Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) You can reach her by email at


Brian Porter, Intern

Brian is a 4th year Philosophy major at the University of Virginia. He handles event planning, outreach and social media. You can reach him by email at