Bart Eeckhout is specialized in the writings of the American modernist poet Wallace Stevens. He has published Wallace Stevens and the Limits of Reading and Writing (University of Missouri Press, 2002), edited Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic (with Edward Ragg; Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism (with Lisa Goldfarb; Routledge, 2012), as well as several thematic issues of The Wallace Stevens Journal ("International Perspectives on Wallace Stevens"; "Wallace Stevens and British Literature"; "Stevens and the Everyday"; "Wallace Stevens and W.H. Auden"; "Helen Vendler's Stevens"). Since 2011 he has been Editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal, an election that occurred simultaneously with the journal's transition to the Johns Hopkins University Press, where it has joined Project MUSE. Eeckhout has coorganized several international conferences on Stevens (in Oxford, New York, Antwerp, and Paris) and is an Officer of the Wallace Stevens Society. Two volumes of Stevens translations into Dutch are forthcoming and he also supervises three doctoral dissertations on the poet, two in Antwerp (Lesley Janssen and Anna Jamieson) and one in Stockholm (Gül Bilge Han; diss. defended September 2015).
Eeckhout's other main research emphasis is interdisciplinary LGBT/queer studies. As an LGBT activist (see çavaria) he constantly seeks to stimulate collaboration between the worlds of activism and academia. Within academia he collaborates closely with colleagues in the history department (Henk de Smaele) and media studies (Alexander Dhoest). Individually or collectively, he supervises various doctoral dissertations in the field, with topics ranging from the underrated lesbian writer Rebecca Brown (Lies Xhonneux; diss. defended April 2013) to online LGBT self-representations in Poland and Turkey (Lukasz Szulc; diss. defended February 2015), a comparative study of the correlation between gender deviance and homonegativity in the Netherlands and Flanders (Tim Savenije), gender aspects in the theory of interior design (Inge Somers), and the role of music in the construction of LGBT subcultures and identities in Antwerp (Robbe Herreman and Marion Wasserbauer).
Eeckhout's third main research background is in interdisciplinary urban studies, including the correlation between literature and architecture. He is a member of the steering group of the Urban Studies Institute at the University of Antwerp. As a member of the Ghent Urban Studies Team (GUST) he has previously coedited two books in urban studies and published widely on urban topics in literary-critical, sociological, architectural, and cultural studies journals. His principal research focus in this regard has long been the city that never sleeps, New York, where he has studied (Columbia University), taught as a guest lecturer (Fordham University & the Gallatin School of NYU), and stayed as a research fellow (NYU).
Eeckhout has been a Francqui Fellow of the BAEF, a Marjorie Hope Nicolson Fellow at Columbia University, a Fulbright-Hayes Fellow at Fordham University, a Residential Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation, a Salzburg Seminar Fellow, a Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library, and twice a Residential Fellow at NYU. In 2016-17 he will be a Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS).