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Indiana University Bloomington

De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore

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Associate Professor

Ph.D., Brown University, 1994

De Witt Douglas Kilgore is an Associate Professor of English and American and Cultural Studies at Indiana University. He holds an AB in Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, MO (1980) and an MA and PhD in American Civilization from Brown University, Providence, RI. Professor Kilgore was a Mendenhall Fellow in American Studies at Smith College, Northampton, MA and has held research and teaching positions at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ and the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. His book, Astrofuturism: Science, Race and Visions of Utopia in Space (2003), is an incisive engagement with the science writing and science fiction produced by the modern spaceflight movement as its advocates sought ways to validate the social and cultural centrality of their project. Professor Kilgore’s current research includes work on popular narratives emerging from the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) and an investigation of the role science plays in validating the political and theological positions in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Recent publications include "Queering the Coming Race: A Utopian Historical Imperative" in Queer Universes: Sexuality in Science Fiction, edited by Wendy Pearson, Veronica Hollinger and Joan Gordon (2008) and "C/SETI as Fiction: On James Gunn’s The Listeners," in Societal Impact of Spaceflight (2008) edited by Steven J. Dick and Roger D. Launius.

Selected Publications (click images for more information)


Astrofuturism: Science, Race, and Visions of Utopia in Space (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003).