Fellow: Awarded 2013
Field of Study: Literary Criticism
Competition: US & Canada
Kevin Ohi is Professor of English at Boston College, where he has taught since 2001. His writing and teaching interests include queer theory, aestheticism and decadence, Victorian and modernist literature, twentieth-century American literature, and film.
He is the author of Innocence and Rapture: The Erotic Child in Pater, Wilde, James, and Nabokov (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), of Henry James and the Queerness of Style (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), and of essays that have been published in edited collections and in such journals as ELH, Criticism, Camera Obscura, Victorian Literature and Culture, and The Henry James Review. His article “Molestation 101: Child Abuse, Homophobia, and The Boys of St. Vincent” (GLQ, 2000) was awarded the Crompton-Noll Prize by the gay and lesbian studies caucus of the Modern Language Association
Born in Greeley, Colorado, Mr. Ohi grew up in Denver and was educated at Williams College (B.A.) and Cornell University (M.A., Ph.D.), where his studies were supported by the Jacob Javits Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. In 2004–2005, he held the Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship (endowed by the Research Triangle Foundation) at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.
During the fellowship year he will continue work on his current book project, “Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission.”