James Kincaid is Aerol Arnold Professor in the Department of English. He received the B.S. in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology, soon saw the light, and returned to Western Reserve University (they were two separate schools in those days) for the M.A. and Ph.D. in English. Before coming to USC in 1987, he taught at Ohio State, Berkeley, and Colorado. Kincaid's earlier work in Victorian literature and culture and in literary theory has yielded to publication in cultural studies, most recently in the history and current cultural practices of eroticizing children and instituting elaborate scapegoating rituals to disguise what we are doing. He regularly teaches classes in criminality/lunacy/perversion, in age studies, in censorship, and in other areas of literary, political, and cultural studies. He has won awards, two Guggenheim Fellowships, two Mortar Board Awards, a General Education teaching award, and other teaching and scholarly honors.
On the subject of teaching, Kincaid is particularly interested in the following areas: exploring interdisciplinary teaching and curricular models across neighboring disciplines and especially across those which might seem remote; working closely with high schools and developing models for such work. In terms of his own background as it relates to these areas: he has team-taught both within his own field and with a scholar in Social Work, the last experience allowing students a chance to do both theoretical and field work and to participate in "extended learning" experiences; he has worked closely with the Neighborhood Academic Initiative (USC's highly successful high-school college-bound program) and, through them, with other inner-city programs; he has published some on pedagogy and would love to see the Center take the lead in serious work in this area through organizing conferences and symposia, providing grants, fostering publication.