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Jack Sullivan is an author, critic, lecturer, and professor at Rider University, where he is Chair of the English Department. He has taught literature, music, and film at Columbia, CUNY, NYU, and The New School and is the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, a Columbia University Fellowship, and the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for best book of the year. His Ph.D. is from Columbia, where his mentors included Edward Said, Michael Rosenthal, Michael Wood, and Jacques Barzun. An advocate of an active Emersonian education, he takes students to New Orleans each year and to cultural events in New York City, where he lives with his wife and two children on the upper west side.  

His books include Hitchcock’s Music (Yale University Press, 2006); New World Symphonies: How American Culture Changed European Music (Yale University Press, 1999); Words on Music (Ohio University Press,1990); The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural (Viking, 1986); Lost Souls: A Collection of English Ghost Stories (Ohio University Press, 1983); and Elegant Nightmares: The English Ghost Story from Le Fanu to Blackwood (Ohio University Press, 1978). He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Opera, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, The Chicago Tribune, The Irish Times, Musical America, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Literature/ Interpretation /Theory, The American Record Guide, The Hitchcock Annual, Newsday, USA Today, The Kurt Weill Newsletter, Harper’s and in volumes for Wiley-Blackwell, MacMillan Palgrave, York University Press, Scribners, Chelsea House Library of Literary Criticism, R.R. Bowker, and Prentice-Hall.

He has contributed program notes for Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, Spoleto USA, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Wexford Opera Festival. His media appearances include CBS, CNN, the BBC, and NPR, where he has been both a guest and a host. His 2013 script for the New York Philharmonic's ‘”Hitchcock!", a presentation of Hitchcock's film music at Lincoln Center, was narrated by Alec Baldwin and Sam Waterston.