Leigh Claire La Berge professes at the intersection of arts, literature, visual culture and political economy. She is currently Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English at BMCC CUNY. Her book Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s was recently published by Oxford University Press. Read Michelle Chihara's wonderful essay "What We Talk About When We Talk About Finance" in the Los Angeles Review of Books, which not only reviews the book, but asks what the relationship between the humanities and finance should be. Her co-edited volume Reading Capitalist Realism (Iowa, 2014) was released last year in the New American Canon series. In 2012, La Berge co-curated an exhibition on art and debt, "To Have and To Owe" with Laurel Ptak at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in NYC.
She has published articles on Zizek; labor politics in the contemporary university; The Wire; the history of the discourse of abstraction in political economy; and American Psycho, among other topics. Her articles on the literary turn in economic anthropology and on the artist Caroline Woolard were recently published, as was her take on money in The Sopranos and Breaking Bad. She has articles forthcoming on artists in debt as well as on the relationship between the campus novel, neoliberal economic policies and the non-profit status of the university.
She is currently working on a second book project about the role of labor in contemporary arts and she is also developing a critical sports-writing practice called Sports and Surplus Value in conjunction with Bell Coin Index.