Robert Merrill holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of South Carolina and is a cultural and intellectual historian whose work centers primarily in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but also includes contemporary "new" humanities. For the last 20 years he has been the director of the Institute for Advanced Cultural Studies and editor of its publishing division, Maisonneuve Press in Washington, DC. Merrill's Current research and teaching interests center around a book in progress on Byron and Shelley in Geneva and their differences on Rousseau. He is also interested in the discourse around post-humanism, cognitive science, semiotics, and narratology. He has taught and written in the areas of mass media studies, propaganda and public relations. His books include: Violent Persuasions: The Politics and Imagery of Terrorism (Bay Press, 1993), Sir Thomas Malory and the Cultural Crisis of the Late Middle Ages (Peter Lang, 1989), Ethics/Aesthetics: Post-Modern Positions (Maisonneuve Press, 1988), and a study guide to accompnay the PBS Adult Learning Service Television Course Joseph Campbell: Transformation of Myths Through Time (Harcourt College Publishers, 1989).