Tim Dean

James M. Benson Professor

Research Interests

Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis, Poetry & Poetics, Modern & Contemporary Literature


  • BA, University of East Anglia, 1988
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1992
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1994

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Highlighted Publications

Dean, T. J. (2009). Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Dean, T. J. (2000). Beyond Sexuality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Dean, T. J. (1991). Gary Snyder and the American Unconscious: Inhabiting the Ground. (New directions in American studies). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230376649

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Recent Publications

Dean, T. (2019). Afterword. In R. Varghese (Ed.), Raw: PrEP, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Barebacking (The Exquisite Corpse). University of Regina Press.

Dean, T. (2018). Foreword: ‘I Keep My Treasure in My Arse’. In M. Mieli, D. Fernbach, & E. C. Williams (Eds.), Towards a Gay Communism: Elements of a Homosexual Critique (pp. vi-xiv). Pluto Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvqhtdg.3

Dean, T. (2018). Foucault and Sex. In L. Downing (Ed.), After Foucault: Culture, Theory, and Criticism in the 21st Century (pp. 141-154). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316492864.011

Dean, T. J. (2017). Mediated intimacies: Raw sex, Truvada, and the politics of chemoprophylaxis. In D. Holmes, S. J. Murray, & T. Foth (Eds.), Radical Sex Between Men: Assembling Desiring-Machines (pp. 40-60). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315399546

Dean, T. J. (2017). Sam Steward’s Pornography: Archive, Index, Trace. In D. A. Moddelmog, & M. J. Ponce (Eds.), Samuel Steward and the Pursuit of the Erotic: Sexuality, Literature, Archives Columbus: Ohio State University Press.

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