Jasper Verlinden is a researcher at the Department of Literature of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies. He received his M.A. in North American Studies and English Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2014 with a thesis on “Affect, Emotion, and the Critical Investment in Melville’s Bartleby.” He published an article titled “Transgender Bodies and Male Pregnancy: The Ethics of Radical Self-Refashioning” as part of a volume titled Machine: Bodies, Genders, Technologies edited by M. Michaela Hampf and MaryAnn Snyder-Körber in 2012. His interests include queer and transgender studies, critical race and ethnic studies, affect and the recent turn to non-representational theories. He is currently working on his dissertation project “Administering the Nation: Bureaucratic Governance, Comparative Racialization, and American Literature, 1875-1925” (working title).