June 2021 (Expected)

Dissertation: “William Blake's Radical Ecology” (Advisor: Stephen F. Eisenman)

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (20 March 2015) in the following fields:

  • 19th Century: Art and Politics (Examiner: Stephen F. Eisenman, Art History)

  • Modern and Contemporary Art: Modernism’s Ecological History (Examiner: Hannah Feldman, Art History)

  • William Blake Studies (Examiner: W.J.T. Mitchell, Art History/English Literature, University of Chicago)


Interdisciplinary Critical Theory Certificate (Spring 2015)


Northwestern University Paris Program in Critical Theory (Academic Year 2015-2016: "Jacques Derrida, Religion, and the Question of Singularity")

Language Certifications: French, German for Reading Knowledge


Affiliated with the Northwestern Critical Theory Interdisciplinary Cluster Initiative, Science and Human Culture Cluster, Political Theory Colloquium, Educational Teaching Technology Fellows/Digital Learning, and Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Feinberg School of Medicine


 June 2012

Advisor: Andrew Schulz

Areas of Focus: 18th-Century European Art, Romanticism, Theories and Methods of Art History, Architecture Theory and Sustainability

Co-Chair of "Art & Politics Graduate Symposium," April 12-3, 2012

Christine L. Sundt Award for Leadership


May 2010

Advisors: Mark S. Lussier (English) and Anthony Gully (Art History)

Minors: Art History and Religious Studies

Areas of Focus: Critical Theory and Continental Philosophy, English Romantic Literature, Ancient Greek Language and Literature, Italian Language and Literature

Languages studied: French, Italian, Ancient Greek



Peer Reviewed



In William Blake and the Age of Aquarius. Edited by Stephen F. Eisenman, with contributions by Mark Crosby, Elizabeth Ferell, Jacob Henry Leveton, W.J.T. Mitchell, and John Murphy. Princeton University Press/Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 2017. Companion book to the Northwestern exhibition that explored the impact of Blake's art on 20th-century American Art, Politics, and Culture, September 23, 2017-March 11, 2018.


My essay engages Blake's color-field abstraction and Abstract Expressionism as parallel responses to social pressures of coercion and control in late 18th-century England and mid 20th-century America.


Essays in Romanticism, vol. 24, no. 2 (Fall 2018): 161-186.


This article examines Blake's sole-known experiment in lithography that he created in tandem with the production of his first epic in illuminated printing, Milton: A Poem in [1]2 Books. In Blake's print, I find the means through which he responded to a passage in John Milton's epic Paradise Lost engaging with a politics of non-violence. I conclude that Blake's lithograph and illuminated book form a shared experimental artistic ecosystem, defined by a pacifist politics, and informed by a reading of Milton conditioned by the moment of the Napoleonic Wars. 



Visiting Scholar Seminar: Yale Center for British Art, Lewis Walpole Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Sterling Memorial Library, March 26, 2018



Mount Holyoke College, Department of English/Program in Critical Social Thought, March 21, 2018


University of Colorado Boulder, Center for Humanities and the Arts, 18/19 Graduate Reading Group, May 15, 2015





"Blake's Radical Ecology," Yale Center for British Art, March 2018

I spent the month in residence working in the Department of Prints and Drawings on the extensive Blake holdings in the Paul Mellon Collection. I also explored Rare Books detailing new industrial architecture in London during Blake's time—especially that of coal distilleries for the first gas lighting of the city. 

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2016 North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, University of California—Berkeley

For essay "Painting Politics, Seeing Scientific Dissent: Spinoza, Wright's Experiment, Priestley's Chemistry," which I am currently revising for submission for peer-reviewed publication. 


Northwestern Paris Program in Critical Theory Fellowship, 2015-2016

Project: "Art and Engagement at the COP 21 United Nations Climate Summit"

While beginning my dissertation research, I was a critical theory fellow in Paris. There, I studied the work of Jacques Derrida under the contemporary philosophers Sam Weber (Northwestern/European Graduate School) and Marc Crépon (École Normale Superieure).

I engaged in fieldwork for my contemporary research project on the convergence of public art and environmental policy through the ArtCOP21 festival and the United Nations COP21 Climate Summit. 

In addition, I was an invited delegate and speaker for the Maire de Paris/Bloomberg Philanthropies "Sommet des Les Locaux pour Le Climat" [Summit of Local Elected Leaders] at the Hôtel de Ville, December 4, 2015.


Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

Graduate Curatorial Fellowship, 2013-2014


Curator of "Ecological Looking: Sustainability & the End(s) of the Earth," September 19-November 30, 2014. Reviewed by Amy M. Hadad.

Curatorial Assistant for "William Blake and the Age of Aquarius," September 23, 2017-March 11, 2018. Reviewed by the Chicago Tribune, the SpectatorNew Art ExaminerThird Coast ReviewChicago Review,  The Chicago ReaderSplash Magazines, and the Times Literary Supplement

While completing coursework, I served as a curatorial fellow at the Block Museum of Art. It was in my capacity at the museum, given its mission to use art as a springboard for interdisciplinary conversations relevant to contemporary life, that I first expanded my work into the areas of global visual culture and eco-critical art history. 

For my exhibition, Ecological Looking, I brought together art, photographs, and rare books materials documenting and challenging technologies of industry and natural resource extraction. My curatorial research connected collections in Prints and Drawings at the Block with the Melville J. Herskovitz Library of African Studies at Northwestern. Ultimately, the project linked the visual culture of 20th-century American petrol-consumer culture with 19th-century regimes of mining in South Africa and speculative futures of mining and extra-planetary materials from outer space. 



Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University, September 2017-Present

Reviewer, Digital Humanities Quarterly, 2017-Present



Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University, September 2017-September 2018. Appointed by Corey Byrnes (Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures) and Keith Woodhouse (Assistant Professor, History). 

In this role, I assist with the development of environmental humanities activities at Northwestern. In 2017-2018, we hosted reading group sessions on "Slow Violence and Disaster Capitalism" during the Atlantic Hurricane season, work-in-progress sessions by faculty in the areas of Chinese Landscape, Green Marxism, and Ecocriticism and Sound. The year was headlined by plenary visits from Julia Adeney Thomas (History, Notre Dame) and the contemporary novelist Jeff VanderMeer.

GRADUATE COORDINATOR, Environmental Humanities Research Workshop

REVIEWER, dhq: digital humanities quarterly

Fields: Art History, Architecture, History of Science, Science and Technology Studies, Marxism, Critical Theory, January 2017-Present

CO-ORGANIZER, Why Do Animal Studies? The Turn to the Quasi-, Post-, Anti-, Non-, Para-

Conference Co-hosted by the University of Chicago + Northwestern University, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL.

April 26-7, 2018. Website:

GUEST CO-COORDINATOR, Animal/Nonhuman Workshop

Elected by peers, and served from October 2013-October 2017. Website:

During my time as co-chair, and with the collaborative leadership of Teresa Pershing (Ph.D. Candidate, West Virginia University) and Laura Kremmel (Ph.D. Candidate, Lehigh University), the graduate caucus convened professionalization panels at the annual NASSR conferences in Bethesda, MD ("Stages of the Job Search, from Application to Negotiation"), Winnipeg, MB ("Engagement and Alternative Trajectories"), Berkeley, CA ("Potentialities"), and Ottawa, ON ("Vectors of Care").

On the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus blog—under my editorship—the site hosted an artist's e-residency featuring the contemporary printmaker Nicole Geary.

The blog also moved to include a multi-authorial "Dialogues" series on Geology and Anatomy.

INTERN for Cultural and Communications Affairs, Fondation des États-Unis, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris

Graduate Student Representative, Department of Art History, Northwestern University

Invited to serve by residence directors Dr. Sophie Vasset (Université Paris-Diderot), Dr. Anne Cremieux (University of Paris-West Nanterre), and head of cultural and international relations Noëmi Haire-Sievers, 2015-2016.  

During my time at the Fondation des États-Unis (FEUSA), I assisted in the organization of the cultural program—principally in relation to the United Nations COP21 Climate Summit.


Working with the Harriet Hale Woolley classical musicians in residence at FEUSA, I directed the "Concert for Peace and the Climate."In this public humanities work, I developed capabilities in translating my expertise in the areas of ecology, critical theory, and peace studies into bases of assisting musicians select and engage repertoire from nineteenth-century romantic scores to contemporary experimental minimalism.


I also helped produce a performance of the playwright Karen Malpede's work Extreme Whether during the COP21. In addition, I facilitated a visiting scholar lecture by Arden Hegele (English and Comparative Literature, Columbia) and a visiting artist talk by Nicole Geary.

CO-ORGANIZER, Graduate Symposium:"Art and Politics" 

Appointed by Professor Jesús Escobar (Chair), September 2013-June 2015. 

In this role, I attended all department meetings and served on the Committee on Department Events and Planning. In this way, I worked to develop art history programming to successfully bridge faculty and graduate student wishes and needs. During my time coordinating the Graduate Student Lecture series, we welcomed Amy Knight Powell (Art History, University of California, Irvine), James Smalls (Visual Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County), and Jessica Maier (Art History, Mount Holyoke College) as guests of the department.

I also assisted Professor Rob Linrothe, director of graduate studies, with the development of the first-ever departmental Graduate Student Handbook. The text ultimately served to solidify policies for the Graduate Program in Art History, and instantiate goals and milestones with the input of students to develop capabilities and expertise across areas of global art-historical awareness, critical writing for scholarship and museum texts, deep knowledge in recognized fields of specialized expertise, and a flexible framework for the dissertation that can include digital humanities models and platforms.


Council on Advanced Studies, University of Chicago, September 2017-June 2018. 

In this capacity, with co-coordinator Zoe Hughes (Ph.D. Student, English Language & Literature, Chicago), and faculty advisors Mark Payne (Classics/Committee on Social Thought, Chicago) and James Hevia (History/Global Studies, Chicago), I was responsible for convening biweekly work-in-progress sessions and quarterly "orienting reading" meetings on trending critical theory topics for the field ("Anarcho-Primitivism + Biopolitics"; "Animal Studies after Latour"). 

In the year, the workshop hosted 9 sessions featuring faculty and graduate scholars from the departments of Art History, English, Anthropology, and Comparative Literature, the Law School, the Divinity School, and the Committee on Social Thought, at the University of Chicago, and Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern. We also hosted plenary visits from Kate Marshall (English, Notre Dame) and Lucinda Cole (English, UIUC).

OUTSIDE EVALUATOR, National Endowment for the Humanities

"Electronic Vesalius Project,"Digital Humanities @ Rice University, Humanities Research Center, Rice University. Invited for expertise in the areas of early-modern art history and digital humanities, Summer 2016.

CO-CHAIR, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Graduate Student Caucus

Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Oregon, April 12-3, 2012. 

Elected by my graduate peers to co-chair the organization of the department's annual graduate student symposium, I worked with my colleague Jessi DiTillio to convene an interdisciplinary event that engaged the topic of aesthetics and politics during the election year climate. We were delighted to have Jennifer Doyle (English, University of California, Riverside) to deliver the symposium's plenary address. 

For the symposium itself, the department welcomed 13 graduate students in art history and visual culture programs in the United States and Canada. Presentations addressed topics of state-sanctioned art, propaganda, art as a medium for political activism, and architecture and environmental awareness. 


“Science, Art, & Politics,” in collaboration with Nina Amstutz, University of Oregon, and John C. Mulligan, Rice University, at the 24th annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Berkeley, CA, 13 August 2016.

“Precarious Geologies, Mediated Temporalities & the Politics of Rupture: Art/Image/Text,” in collaboration with Ron Broglio, Kent Linthicum, Arizona State University, and Caroline Phillips, University of Oregon, at the 31st annual Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Tempe, AZ, 9 November 2017.

“New Reflections in Keats Studies: Sociability, Media, and the (Non)Human Body,” in collaboration with Deven Parker, University of Colorado Boulder, and Arden Hegele, Columbia University, at the International Conference on Romanticism, Minneapolis, MN, 26 September 2014.


"Gold From Brazil to Art in Blake’s London: Biopolitics of Anglo-Portuguese Exchange in The Book of Urizen (1794/1818)," Critical Theory in the Global South Project,  Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, April 26, 2019.

"Fossil Fuels in Romantic-Period London and Speculative Health at the Threshold of the Anthropocene" at the 26th annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Providence, RI, 23 June 2018. 

“French Impressionism and Banlieue Industry" at the 40th annual Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 16 March 2018. 

“Climate Change, Coal, and the Politics of Revolt” at the 31st annual Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference, Tempe, AZ, 9 November 2017.

“Painting Politics, Seeing Scientific Dissent: Spinoza, Wright’s Experiment, Priestley’s Chemistry” at the 24th annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Berkeley, CA, 13 August 2016.

“Coal Ash & ‘The Atmosphere of Romanticism’: Art/COP21 in Paris” at Congress 2016 of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Calgary, Alberta, 29 May 2016.

“Enclosure and the Rights to/of Nature: From the Farm to Art Theory” at the 23rd annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 13 August 2015.

“Mining Post-Nuclear Ecocritique and the Archive: The Otolith Group’s The Radiant.” Part of session “Fossils, Films, and Sedimentation: Ecocritical Approaches to Archival Moving Images,” organized by Rachel Jekanowski, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montréal, Quebec, 26 March 2015.

 “The Politics of Nonhuman Perception and the Visual Culture of Animal Rights: Keats’s ‘Ode to a Nightingale,’” at The International Conference on Romanticism, Minneapolis, MN, 26 September 2014. 

 “Viewing Blake with Barthes: All Religions are One”at The International Conference on Romanticism, Oakland, MI, 28 September 2013. 

“Nonhuman Animal Movement in William Blake’s Jerusalem” at the 21st annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Boston, MA, 8-11 August 2013.

“Towards a Post-Romantic Architecture: Alisa Andrasek’s Biothing” at The International Conference on Romanticism, 8 November 2012. 

“Towards a Visual Ecocriticism of Landmark,’” at The British Women Writers Conference, Boulder, CO, 9 June 2012. 

“Self-annihilation, Inspiration, and the Individual in William Blake’s Enoch Lithograph” at the 19th annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Park City, UT, 10-14 August 2011.


I contributed “Teaching Art History after #BlackLivesMatter” to roundtable panel Romanticism after Black Lives Matter, organized by Deanna P. Koretsky, Spellman College, 25th annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Ottawa, ON, 11 August 2017.

Goldstein, Amanda Jo, with Orrin N.C. Wang. Respondents to Goldstein, Sweet Science: Romantic Materialism and the New Logics of Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. For roundtable panel New Work in Romantic Studies; or, Romanticism is Alive and Kicking, organized by Timothy Campbell, University of Chicago, 25th annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Ottawa, ON, 11 August 2017.


Available upon request : jleveton at u [dot] northwestern .edu