Alec Pollak


Alec Pollak is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University. Her dissertation, tentatively titled "Literary Estates and Transmission of Culture," examines how the decisions of literary heirs and estates, the management of archives, mechanics of intellectual property law have influenced the legacies of early- and mid-twentieth century authors. She is the winner of the 2018 Ursula Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship for her work on a biography of Joanna Russ, and her work is forthcoming in Feminist Theory and MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States

Research Focus

  • Gender studies
  • Queer theory
  • Critical race theory
  • Cultural & media studies
  • 20th-century print culture
  • African American literature
  • Intellectual property law
  • Archival methods