Before coming to UNT Gabriel Cervantes had his graduate training and postdoctoral research supported by fellowships at Princeton and Vanderbilt. His research focuses on eighteenth-century English culture in a global context with special attention to the intersections of law and literature in Britain, early America, and the Atlantic world. He is completing his first book on Stephen Burroughs and literary republication in the early United States. A second book in progress examines how natural law became English in the eighteenth century, especially how imaginative literature charted the legal systems of the eighteenth-century Anglo-Atlantic. He has published articles (some forthcoming) on these topics in ELH, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, and the William and Mary Quarterly . Additionally, in collaboration with Geoffrey Sill (English, Rutgers University-Camden), he has edited a critical edition of Daniel Defoe's Colonel Jack (Broadview, 2016). Dr. Cervantes regularly teaches courses in eighteenth-century British and American literature as well as graduate and undergraduate seminars on transatlantic culture. In Spring 2016 and Spring 2017 he and Matt Fry (Geography, UNT) will offer "Property: Concepts and Methods." This cross-disciplinary advanced undergraduate course ranges from early modern literature and theories of government through a globe-spanning set of case studies in legal geography, including recent legal battles over fracking in north Texas.
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