Daniel Ibrahim Abdalla is completing his DPhil at the Faculty of English, University of Oxford. His thesis considers the importance of evolutionary biology in the work of three American expatriates: Henry James, Elizabeth Robins, and Edith Wharton. He traces the way that modern science informed literature, especially its engagements with eugenics, heredity, gender, and race.
Daniel’s academic work has also informed various related projects. He was asked to contribute a preface for Hurst Street Press’s series ANON, which celebrates the work of undervalued women writers. He has presented on the relationship between queer theory and literature and science at the AHRC-funded one-day workshop ‘Humanitarian Fictions’ (King’s College London, 2018) and at the Oxford Queer Studies Network (2018). In 2019-20, as Esmond Harmsworth Graduate Scholar, he will convene the American Literature Research Seminar at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford and will be a visiting researcher at the École normale supérieure (Paris).