Aerol Arnold Professor Emeritus of English
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
James R. Kincaid has been a beloved fixture at USC for nearly three decades. Coming to Los Angeles after more than 20 years at Ohio State University and the University of Colorado, he evinced academic leadership in assuming the prestigious Aerol Arnold Chair, and affirmed his status as a renowned specialist in Victorian literature who has published works regarding such literary luminaries as Charles Dickens, Lord Alfred Tennyson, and Anthony Trollope. His impressive body of work features numerous books and hundreds of essays, including studies of the child in Victorian and modern cultures, as well as the nature of comedy. Nationally, Professor Kincaid has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, directed summer seminars for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served in a broad variety of capacities with the Modern Language Association.
Well known by generations of Trojans for his charismatic and engaging pedagogy, Professor Kincaid received multiple teaching honors at USC, including the Albert S. Raubenheimer Award and the General Education Teaching Award. Even in his most serious moments, he retains his wry sense of humor, while his inviting personal warmth fosters a strong sense of camaraderie among his students and colleagues.
Since arriving at USC, Professor Kincaid has made a significant commitment to the Neighborhood Academic Initiative by teaching classes and taking students on field trips to important sites in Los Angeles, and generally preparing them for the joys and the rigor of college life. As a sought-after voice on literary culture, he has lectured often at the Los Angeles Opera and has written extensively for The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Salon. Indeed, his scholarly work has been a testament to his bright mind, meticulous inquiry, and intellectual sensitivity.
In recognition of his tremendous literary scholarship, and his sterling legacy as a teacher and mentor, the University of Southern California is proud to honor James R. Kincaid with the USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award.