Natalie Prizel received her Ph.D. in English from Yale University and her B.A. in English and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies from University of Maryland—College Park, where she served as commencement speaker and was the inaugural recipient of the Rodler-Wood Scholarship in LGBT Studies. She comes to Princeton from a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Bard College, where she taught courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature and visual culture, as well as disability and queer theory and aesthetics. A specialist in Victorian culture, queer and disability studies, and aesthetics and ethics, Natalie is at work on a monograph titled, "The Good Look: Victorian Visual Ethics and Physical Difference" that juxtaposes queer/crip theory with Victorian aesthetic and ethical thought to consider encounters between disabled and non-disabled subjects in visual art and literature. Putting Victorian aesthetic thinkers such as John Ruskin next to queer theorists such as Eve Sedgwick, she argues, allows for a fundamental rethinking of the ethics of looking at difference in the nineteenth century. Work on this project has received support from a Leylan Fellowship at Yale University in addition to a research travel grant from the Yale Center for British Art. Natalie’s work on queer/crip theory, the nineteenth-century Black Atlantic, lesbian literary traditions from the Victorian period to the present, and Victorian culture more broadly has been published or is forthcoming in GLQ, Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and in the online forum V21.
At Princeton, in addition to working on completing her first monograph, Natalie plans to launch a new project, provisionally titled, "Little Empire: Intimacies Across Imperial Space, 1840-1950," which will consider how aesthetic strategies of bodily intimacy and proximity shape colonial encounters across the British Empire from Ireland to India to Jamaica and to rural “little England.” During the academic year 2018-2019, she will teach a Freshman Seminar in the Residential Colleges called “Disability and the Making of the Modern Subject,” as well as co-teach the Humanities Sequence course “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture” in the spring.