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Caroline Levander is the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Carlson Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of English at Rice University. She is currently writing Laying Claim: Imagining Empire on the U.S. Mexico Border (Oxford University Press), Where Is American Literature? (Wiley-Blackwell’s Manifesto Series), and Hotel Life (with Matthew Guterl). Levander has recently co-edited em>Teaching and Studying the Americas (2010), A Companion to American Literary Studies (2011), and "The Global South and World Disorder," with Walter Mignolo, for The Global South (2011). She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Huntington Library, and the Institute of Museum and Library Science's National Leadership grant, among other agencies.