College of Arts and Sciences

Eric Carl LinkEric Carl Link
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of English

Ph.D., Purdue University (1995)
M.A., Southwest Missouri State University (1991)
B.S., Evangel University, Missouri (1988)

Liberal Arts Building, Room 153D
Phone: 260-481-5750

Eric Carl Link
serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), providing support and leadership for the students and faculty across the College of Arts and Sciences.

With a Ph.D. in American Literature from Purdue University, he also serves as Professor of American Literature in the Department of English and Linguistics at IPFW.  His teaching and research fields include 19th-century American literature and science fiction.  He is the author of numerous books, including The Vast and Terrible Drama: American Literary Naturalism in the Late Nineteenth Century (University of Alabama Press, 2004), Understanding Philip K. Dick (University of South Carolina Press, 2010), Neutral Ground: New Traditionalism and the American Romance Controversy (co-authored with G. R. Thompson, Louisiana State University Press, 1999), and Crosscurrents: Reading in the Disciplines (co-authored with Steven Frye, Pearson, 2012).  He is the founder and editor of the journal ALN: The American Literary Naturalism Newsletter and is the co-editor (along with Donald Pizer) of the Norton Critical Edition of The Red Badge of Courage, 4th edition.   He is the editor of several essay collections, including The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Taming the Bicycle: Essays, Stories, and Sketches by Mark Twain (Barnes and Noble, 2009), Critical Insights: Herman Melville (Salem Press, 2012), and Critical Insights: The Red Badge of Courage (Salem Press, 2010).  Aside from these studies, he has published over fifty essays on figures such as Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, and others, as well as articles on a variety of topics related to nineteenth-century aesthetic theory.  Current book projects include The Cambridge History of Science Fiction (Cambridge University Press), Literary Scholarship: Meaning and Method (Cambridge University Press), Understanding Octavia Butler (University of South Carolina Press), and the Cambridge Introduction to American Literary Naturalism (Cambridge University Press). 

His scholarship has won multiple awards, and in spring 2015 he was presented with the Distinguished Research Award in Humanities from the University of Memphis. He has twice served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, most recently at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland (spring 2011), and before that in Lutsk, Ukraine, where he taught American literature and consulted on program and curriculum development at Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University (spring 2008).  Additionally, in 2012, he gave a series of lectures on American literature at two universities in Nanjing, China (Nanjing University, and Nanjing University of Science and Technology).