Jeff Aziz

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Contact Information

Senior Lecturer

Advisor, English Department

CL 501C


Jeffrey Aziz received his Masters and his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh.

Research and Publications

Jeff prefers to see culture in the round, exploring the manner in which literary, religious, artistic, dramatic, and scientific representation are richly connected and interdependent.  An undergraduate at heart, he is interested in many disciplinary areas.  He teaches courses on Shakespeare, early modern literature, drama, museum studies, religious studies, and the cultural history of science, medicine, and anatomy, often in curious combinations.  He is interested in the history of radical liberatory movements from the late medieval to modernity, from the Anabaptists to the modern political Left.  His interest in the artistic/literary representation of the human body extends from religious allegory and iconography, to the body in drama, to medical/anatomical bodies.  He designed and introduced the literature program’s Apocalypse and Literature and Science courses.

Jeff directs and teaches in a Pitt Panther Programs study abroad, Prague: Monsters, Madmen, and the Modern City.

Jeff has worked to promote the place of the humanities in the university and to encourage collaboration across the disciplines.  He was a founding member of the Humanities at Pitt and served on the Dietrich School Humanities Council.  He currently serves in the Working Group on the Medical Humanities.  He is an affiliated member of the Medical Humanities and Jewish Studies faculties, and is a Faculty Fellow of the University Honors College.


The Bible as Literature
Detective Fiction
The Dramatic Imagination
Introduction to Critical Reading
Introduction to Popular Culture
Introduction to Shakespeare
Literature and Science
Literature, Media, and Science in the Age of Shakespeare
Project Seminar (“Representing the Devil”)
Masterpieces of Renaissance Literature (The Renaissance in England)
Shakespeare’s Sexualities (Women in Shakespeare)
The Wild West

First-Year Seminars (“Pirate Democracy”; “An Anatomy of Anatomy”; “Robot Revolution”)