Joel M. Silverman is a lecturer in American Studies and English at Yale and has been the Dean of Morse since 2007. He earned his PhD in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Dean Silverman has taught three junior seminars in American Studies: Censorship and U.S. Culture, American Biography, and Early Cold War Culture. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of power and persuasion in American law and literature. He is particularly interested in the way in which lawyers, doctors, and other specialists translate technical language for a general audience. As a lecturer in English, he helps students develop the analytical tools they need to write well-reasoned, well-supported, and persuasive academic arguments. Dean Silverman has written for Judaism and American Sexuality, and is currently working on the biography of ACLU attorney Morris Ernst, who defended Ulysses in 1933.