Talia Shalev

Postdoctoral Associate

Talia Shalev’s research centers on the intersections of aesthetics and politics, with attention to the ways in which literature, law, and rights discourses shape the imaginable horizons of identity and social life in the 20th– and 21st-century United States. Her book project, Some Inarticulate Major Premise: Poetry, the Will of the People, and the U.S. Supreme Court, analyzes references to poetry in U.S. Supreme Court opinions and legal scholarship in order to track shifting understandings of the relationship between common law, constitutional rights, and the judiciary’s perceived relationship to popular will. Talia is a co-editor of two selections of poets’ archived teaching materials: June Jordan’s Life Studies, 1966-1976 and Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968- 1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative). Her writing appears in The Seattle Review, The Volta, Cream City Review, and Women’s Studies: an inter-disciplinary journal.