Curriculum Vitae




PH.D. IN ENGLISH. The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. 1988.

Dissertation: “Politics, Reality, and Religion in Philip K. Dick’s Fiction.”
Brooks Landon, Director.

Comprehensive Areas: British and American Novel, 1914-1945;
American Literature to 1914;
American Short Story.

M.A. IN ENGLISH. The University of Iowa. Iowa City, IA. 1983.

B.A. IN PHILOSOPHY. Beloit College. Beloit, WI. 1973.



Professor of English, New York City College of Technology (CUNY), 2016-current. Associate Professor, 2012-2016. Assistant Professor, 2006-2012.

Faculty Editor, Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors, Washington, DC, 2012-current.

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, 2004-2006.

Co-Founder and Manager, Shakespeare’s Sister Café and Gift Store, Brooklyn, NY, 1994-2008.

Dean of the Upper School, Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, NY, 1992-1993.

Peace Corps Volunteer for Animal Traction with secondary project in Reforestation, Togo, West Africa, 1988-1990.

Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa, 1985-1987.

Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College, Catholic University of America, George Washington University, Long Island University, New York City College of Technology, Pratt Institute and Southeastern University at various times from 1990 until 2004.

Significant earlier activities include teaching at a Quaker boarding school (Psychology and Graphic Arts); working in garages, a parts department and as an automobile salesperson; handling inventory control and domestic purchasing; writing for various publications; printing a number of books using a letterpress; working as a hot-type printer; learning offset printing technology and darkroom skills; and exhibiting my own photography.

Current Projects

The 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television: From I Love Lucy to Modern Family. Co-editor with Laura Westengard. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, completed manuscript due to publisher in 2016.



Doughboys on the Western Front: American Soldiers in the Great War. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, November, 2016.

The Depression Era: A Historical Exploration of Literature. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2016.

The Cult of Individualism. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers, 2013.

Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children. With Robert Leston. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers, 2012.

Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2010. Also in Romanian as Quentin Tarantino: viaţa la extreme. Bucharest: IBU Publishing, 2011.

Blogging America: The New Public Sphere. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2008.

The Rise of the Blogosphere. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2007.

The DVD Revolution: Movies, Culture and Technology. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2005.

Cuánto te Asusta el Caos?: Política, Religión y Filosofía en la obra de Philip K. Dick. Translated by Eva Verloop Van der Meij. Granada, Spain: Grupo Editorial AJEC, 2003. 2nd Edition, 2004.


Edited Books

Star Power: On the Impact of Branded Celebrity. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers, 2014. 2 volumes.

One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories. Palo Alto, CA: Travelers’ Tales, 2011.


Book Chapters

“’Believing a Thing’: Sanity and Perception in Philip K. Dick’s Clans of the Alphane Moon—and Beyond,” In Mental Illness in American Culture, Sharon Packer, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, forthcoming 2017.

“Implications of Re-Defining ‘Working Class’ in the Urban Composition Classroom.” With Patrick Corbett. In Pedagogy and the Working Class, William H. Thelin and Genesea Carter, ed.: Utah State University Press, forthcoming, 2016.

“The Limits of Ownership.” In Cultures of Copyright, Danielle Nicole DeVoss and Marine Courant Rife, ed. Vol, 4 in the Communication Law series, Susan Drucker, general editor. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

“Taking IP Digital.” In Cultures of Copyright, Danielle Nicole DeVoss and Marine Courant Rife, ed. Vol, 4 in the Communication Law series, Susan Drucker, general editor. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

“From Conrad Veidt to Christoph Waltz: The Nazi in American Film.” In A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King, and Vampires Reveal About America, Sharon Packer and Jody Pennington, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Paeger, 2014.

DeFacing Race: Quentin Tarantino and the Use of a Racial Vulgarity.” In Star Power: On the Impact of Branded Celebrity, Aaron Barlow, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2014.

“Lessons from Chaplin: Breaking the Arc of a Career.” In Star Power: On the Impact of Branded Celebrity, Aaron Barlow, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2014.

“Another Colonialist Tool?” In Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses, Steven Krause and Charles Lowe, ed. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, March, 2014.

“If We Own It, We Can Destroy It: Fahrenheit 451 and Intellectual Property.” Critical Insights: Fahrenheit 451, Rafeeq McGiveron, ed. Amenia, NY: Salem Press/Grey House Publishing, 2013.

“Loss in the Language of Tomorrow: Journeying Through Tucson on the way to ‘Usher II.’ In Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars, Gloria McMillan, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.

“Android Dreams and Human Imaginings.” In Critical Insights: Technology and Humanity. Carol Colatrella, ed. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2012.

“The Pride and Reward of Falsification: Post-Objectivity as Post-Responsibility.” News with a View: Essays on the Eclipse of Objectivity in Modern Journalism. Burton Saint John and Kirsten Johnson, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.

“’If It Sucks, It’s Your Fault’: Joss Whedon and the Empowerment of Fans.” In Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream. Bob Batchelor, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011.

“The Citizen Journalist as Gatekeeper: A Critical Evolution from the Public Journalism Movement.” Public Journalism 2.0. Burton Saint John and Jack Rosenberry, ed. New York: Routledge, 2010.

“Seeing the Unseen: Is New-Media Journalism Reshaping Questions of Race?” With Ann Seaton. Web Journalism: A New Form of Citizenship? Sean Tunney and Garrett Monaghan, ed. Eastbourne, UK: Sussex Academic Press, 2009.

“The Greatest Cowboy Star You’ve Never Heard Of: Yakima Canutt and Creation of the Image Creating Fame.” Film and Television Stardom: An Anthology. Kylo Hart, ed. Middlesex, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.

“La que está cayendo: lecciones para el mundo posterior al 11-S en la obra breve de Philip K. Dick.” Arturo Villarrubia, trans. Arturo Villarrubia and Alberto García-Teresa, ed. Jabberwock. Anuario de ensayo fantastic, vol. 2. Madrid: Bibliópolis, 2007.

“Reel Frogs and Imaginary Cities: The Influences of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Philip K. Dick on the

Contemporary Science Fiction Movie.” The Blade Runner Experience: The Legacy of a Science Fiction Classic. Will Brooker, ed. London: Wallflower Press, 2005.

“Victimized Victimizers: Philip K. Dick’s Androids.” In Retrofitting Blade Runner: Issues in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Ed., Judith Kerman. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1991.