Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

David Walter

David Walter


4405 Dwinelle
Friday 3:15-5 or by appt.

Professional Statement

I am a writer and scholar with interests in script analysis and story structure; literature and philosophy; critical theory; race, immigration and social justice; history of philosophy and science; poetics; Classics; French and Italian, English and American; Film & Media; Rhetoric; Writing in fiction and nonfiction.

B.A. St. John's College (Math and Philosophy)

Ph.D University of California, Berkeley (Comparative Literature)

Lecturer in Humanities and Rhetoric, Stanford University (2005-2012) and UC Berkeley Comparative Literature (2012 to the present)


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Strange Attractions: Sibling Love Triangles in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Balzac’s ‘La Fille aux yeux d’or’. Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 44, No. 4, Winter 2007.

Current Research

My current research and writing focuses on narratives of transnational crime, specifically between Mexico and the U.S., and domestic crime related to trafficking across southwestern borders, with specific focus on women's involvement in these activities. In addition to literature and journalism in the field, I gather oral histories from personal interviews with law enforcement, members of all ranks of domestic and transnational gangs, criminologists, and victims and their families.

English Department Classes