Professor Curtain is a theorist and philosopher with the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in theory, as well as courses in science fiction and fantasy. He co-direct Duke's Center for the Philosophy of Biology. (For more information, see http://www.philbio.org/.) His research interests include theoretical philosophy, philosophy of biology, evolutionary theories of language, linguistics, philosophy of language, and theoretical computer science.
This summer, Professor Curtain was named to the 2013 Robert Frost Chair of Literature at Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont. Bread Loaf bestowed the top honor on Professor Curtain for intellectual innovation, mentorship in graduate student education, and exceptional graduate-level teaching. The Chair is named after poet Robert Frost who taught at Bread Loaf for 42 years, starting in 1921. Former Chair holders include Sacvan Bercovitch (Harvard), Laurence Holland (Johns Hopkins), Michael Wood (Princeton), Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck, University of London), and Paul Muldoon (Princeton).
Professor Curtain serves on the executive committee of the Discussion Group on Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature for the Modern Language Association. He will be Secretary of the MLA SF/UF Group in 2016, becoming President for the 2017 academic year.