Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and senior fellow of the Center for the Humanities, which he founded in 1993 and directed for seven years.
He is a widely published reviewer and critic, perhaps best known for his recent book on the 1930s, Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (2009). His other books include Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties (1977, 1997), Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945–1970 (2002), and A Mirror in the Roadway: Literature and the Real World (2005).
He also edited The Revival of Pragmatism (1998). His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review, The American Scholar, Raritan, The Nation, Literary Imagination, Slate, Dissent, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bookforum, and the Times Literary Supplement (London). He has served as film critic of the Bennington Review and Partisan Review and was an advisor for a documentary film about four leading New York intellectuals, Joseph Dorman’s Arguing the World.
He was a founder and board member (1983–1989) of the National Book Critics Circle and Vice-Chair of the New York Council for the Humanities from 1997 to 2001. He was a contributing editor of Partisan Review from 1972 to 2003 and served as president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics in 2006–2007.