Kate Delaney

Kate Delaney


Kate Delaney came to MIT in January 2005 after a Fulbright lectureship in France and a career in the foreign service. Her diplomatic postings included Colombo, Sri Lanka; Lagos, Nigeria; Paris, France; Johannesburg, South Africa; The Hague, the Netherlands; and Warsaw, Poland. She continues her involvement in international scholarship through regular participation in European conferences, publication in European journals and collections, and service on the International Committee of the American Studies Association. Her publications often deal with the “transmission and translation” of American culture into other contexts. She also translates Dutch monographs and art catalogues into English. “Cyberpunk” and “The Sixties” are among the specialized subjects she has taught at MIT in addition to the more general subjects of fiction, poetry, American Literature, and writing.

Kate and her husband Tom Delaney have been Housemasters of East Campus since 2006.

Postmodernism, Science Fiction, Transnational American Studies, Literature and Culture in the Post-Cold-War era

“Us and Them: Children of US Citizens Born Abroad,” in Straddling Borders: The American Resonance in Transnational Identities, ed. Rob Kroes, VU University Press, 2004, pp. 62-70.

“America Perceived–post 9/11,” in Encyclopedia of American Studies, Grolier, online edition, 2003.

“The New Lost Generation, or The Sun (Also) Rises in the East,” in Post-Cold War Europe, Post-Cold War America, eds. R.V.A. Janssens and Rob Kroes, VU Press, 2004, pp. 164-170.

“Poland: Transmissions/Translations” with Andrzej Antoszek in American Culture in Europe: Americanization and Anti-Americanism since 1945, ed. Alexander Stephan, Berghahn Books, 2005.

“Are we there yet?: Immigration to ‘America’ in Post-Cold War Cinema,” in Over (T)Here–Transatlantic essays in honor of Rob Kroes, eds. Kate Delaney and R.V.A Janssens, VU Press, 2005.

“Exhibiting Leadership: Definitions and Displays of Presidential Leadership in Presidential and Other Museums,” in Who’s the Boss? Leadership and Democratic Culture in America, eds. Hans Krabbendam and Wil Verhoeven, VU Press, 2007.

“What’s new? Don’t Forget Capitol Hill,” Journal of American History, Vol. 93, No. 2, September 2006, 437-440.

“After the Wall: Jewish Identity and Post-Cold-War Writing” in Walking on a Trail of Words, eds. Jadwiga Maszewska and Zbigniew Maszewski, University of Lodz Press, 2007, pp. 267-274.

“AI and Literature: Richard Powers’s Galatea 2.2 and David Lodge’s Thinks…” in Tools of Their Communications, Technologies and American Cultural Practice, eds. Grzegorz Kosc and Krzysztof Majer, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, pp. 216-223.

Subjects taught the current academic year:


Subjects taught in recent years:

21L.003 Reading Fiction (Fall 2013)

21L.430 Popular Culture and Narrative: The Sixties (Spring 2014)