Gregory Tague


English, Honors

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BA, Brooklyn College, cum laude (1979)
MA, Hunter College (1990)
M Phil, New York University (1996)
Ph.D, New York University (1998)

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Expertise in the evolution of culture and the biology of morality and consciousness; the English novel; reader-response ethical criticism; the modernist movement.

Becoming a professor is a long journey. While working eighteen years for corporate lawyers during the 1980s and 1990s, I simultaneously cultivated my academic career by teaching as an adjunct early in the morning and by attending graduate school at night. My primary interest was in the English novel and the creation and behavior of characters. After earning my Ph.D., I began to focus on the subjects of character, individual consciousness, and moral behavior, mostly from a philosophical perspective. In recent years, however, I’ve studied evolutionary psychology and the biology of morality to illuminate these subjects. I’ve come to realize how our hominin past, as well as continuities with nonhuman primates with whom we share a common ancestor, can help us understand some of our current behaviors.

In terms of service, I have taught over thirty different courses and have mentored a range of topics for senior projects. I also have a distinguished record of involvement in the college community. To date, I’ve worked on no fewer than eight standing or ad hoc committees, prominent ones including Academic Standards, Curriculum, Promotion and Tenure, and Faculty Development. I serve on the Honors Council and was an active member on several Middle States accrediting committees, in particular chairing the committee on Faculty. While too numerous to list, I have initiated and organized many student-centered and other campus events related to small press authors, editors, and other artistic, creative, or scholarly people. A notable event close to my line of analysis is the ongoing Moral Sense Colloquia, which I began in 2012 to acknowledge the renovation of our science labs. Also noteworthy, I co-organized with Dr. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe (University of Lincoln, UK) the three-day Sixth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts which gathered over 70 scholars from 24 countries. I have initiated The Evolutionary Studies Collaborative with biologist Dr. Irina Ellison (currently working with Dr. Alison Dell), and psychologist Dr. Kristy Biolsi, and we link different events to the mission of the collaborative. Partnering with English Professor and Fulbright Scholar Dr. Virginia Franklin, I helped bring South African Shakespearean actor Vaneshran Arumugan to the college as our first Fulbright Scholar in Residence for the Spring 2013 semester.

I have participated in many academic conferences and have been privileged to present papers twice at the prestigious Modern Language Association annual meeting. In addition to scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, I have published creative writings, two of which were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Along with Fredericka Jacks, my wife, we edited and published five, themed literary anthologies containing the poetry and prose of contemporary writers from all over the world.

I have edited, co-edited, and contributed to Origins of English Literary Modernism (2009) and Origins of English Dramatic Modernism (2010). Monographs include Character and Consciousness (2005) and Ethos and Behavior (2008). More recently, I have written on the origins and evolution of narration in Making Mind: Moral Sense and Consciousness, published in a series on Consciousness and the Arts (Rodopi 2014). I’ve also written on hominid-hominin cognition, morality, and creativity in Evolution and Human Culture: Texts and Contexts (Brill, forthcoming). A concise academic book on the adaptive function of visual culture, Art and Adaptation: A Primer from Notes has been published under my wife’s imprint, Bibliotekos (2015).

I am the founding and current editor of the ASEBL Journal, whose objective is to publish online peer-reviewed papers on the convergence of ethics, evolution, and the arts. I also edit the Bibliotekos literary website, which features profiles on and some original writing from authors all over the world. I have consistently involved student editorial interns in book projects, the Bibliotekos website, and the ASEBL Journal, and aim to continue with that mission.

In addition to mentoring English majors, I am available to mentor Independent Study topics in evolutionary studies for any interested student. Stop by room 6005 during office hours and we can talk.

For more information about Gregory F. Tague, including a full C.V., see his website.