Keith Gandal


Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • American Wars and Mobilizations
  • American Poverty and the Inner City
  • Modern Medicine and Illness


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Prof. Keith Gandal

Keith Gandal


Keith Gandal is Professor of English at City College of New York, with a joint appointment in American Literature and Creative Writing.  He received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.  He is the author of six books: four scholarly monographs and a novel.  His research has so far focused on two areas of American studies: literature and poverty, and literature and war.  His third area of inquiry is the history and literature of modern medicine and illness.
The Virtues of the Vicious: Jacob Riis, Stephen Crane and the Spectacle of the Slum (Oxford UP, 1997)
Class Representation in Modern Fiction and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)
The Gun and the Pen: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and the Fiction of Mobilization (Oxford UP, 2008)
War Isn’t the Only Hell: A New Reading of World War I American Literature (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018) 
- - "A Spiritual Autopsy of Stephen Crane." Nineteenth-Century Literature 51.4 (1997): 500-530.
Cleveland Anonymous, a novel (North Atlantic Books, 2002)
- -  "What Do Suicides, Fatal Heart Attacks and COVID-19 Deaths Have in Common?" (with Neil Gandal, Prof of Economics, Tel Aviv U, SSRN 2020) (
- -  "Why is the New York City COVID Death Rate Four to Six Times that of Mumbai?" (with Neil Gandal) (


He teaches classes on American literature from 1890 through the 20th century; American war and postwar literature; ; modern medicine, illness, and literature; fiction writing, and the craft of the novel.