Christine Muller is the Dean of Saybrook College and a Lecturer in American Studies at Yale. Her work focuses on the first decades of the twenty-first century, including how the emergent cultural aftereffects of September 11 have manifested a cultural trauma. She is now turning more concentrated attention to the era of the War on Terror, particularly on the fraught relationship between a distant battlefield and a comparatively peaceful home front that has been navigating complex and rapid social transformations. Her work has considered how literature, film, television, and other forms of popular culture have been drawing mass audiences into pertinent ethical and practical questions about power, violence, and historical change. Ultimately, her research and teaching principally concern how popular culture entertainments provide sites for negotiating complex and ongoing contemporary dilemmas and ambivalences about identity, knowledge, subjectivity, agency, and responsibility.
Publications include September 11, 2001 as a Cultural Trauma: A Case Study through Popular Culture, forthcoming in early 2017 through Palgrave Macmillan.