Curriculum Vita

James M. Hutchisson

Professor of American and Southern Literatures,
Director of Graduate Study
Department of English
 The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina 29409
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Ph.D. University of Delaware, 1987

(Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century American Literature; Secondary: Victorian Literature)

M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1984


B.A. Radford College, 1982

(English; Minor: Spanish Language and Culture)


1999 - Professor, The Citadel
1994-99 Associate Professor, The Citadel
1989-94 Assistant Professor, The Citadel
1987-89 Assistant Professor, Washington and Jefferson College

Academic Honors and Awards

2006 Krause Award for Faculty Achievement
2005 Sabbatical Leave Grant
1999 Honorary Membership, Phi Kappa Phi
1998, 1995, 1992 Citadel Faculty Achievement Award
1996-97, 2004 Sabbatical Leave Grant
1986-87 University of Delaware Dissertation Fellowship




Edgar Allan Poe: Beyond Gothicism, ed. Cranbury, NJ: Associated Univ. Presses, forthcoming 2011.

Poe. xvii. 290 pp. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2005.

Renaissance in Charleston: Art and Life in the Carolina Lowcountry, 1900-1940, ed. With Harlan Greene. xi. 246 pp. 25 illustrations. Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 2003.

A DuBose Heyward Reader, ed. xlvi. 288 pp. Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 2003.

DuBose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and The World of Porgy and Bess. xix. 225 pp. 19 illustrations. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2000.

Sinclair Lewis: New Essays In Criticism, ed. vii. 257 pp. Troy, NY: Whitston, 1997.

The Rise of Sinclair Lewis, 1920-1930. xii. 272 pp. 32 illustrations. University Park: Penn State Press, 1996. Paperback reissue, 2001.

Babbitt. By Sinclair Lewis. Edited with biographical and critical introduction, explanatory notes, and bibliography. xxxii. 367 pp. NY: Penguin, 1995. 2nd edition (revised with new introduction and bibliography). NY: Penguin, 2004.

Articles - Academic

"On the Restoration of Texts: The Scholar as 'Better Editor.'" Text 16 (2005): 344-55.

"Sinclair Lewis: A Rebel Reclaimed." Review 25 (2003): 45-59.

"Dreiser Treads the Boards." Text 15 (2003): 410-18.

"'Elizabeth Stock's One Story': Kate Chopin and the Writing Lives of Women." Topic: A Journal of the Liberal Arts 50 (2000): 70-76.

"Nathanael West, Contempo Magazine, and The Composition of Miss Lonelyhearts." Resources for American Literary Study 24.1 (1998): 84-100.

"The Revision of Dreiser's Financier." Journal of Modern Literature 20.2 (1997): 201-15.

"Poe, Hoaxing, and The 'Digressions' in Arthur Gordon Pym." CEA Critic 58.2 (1996): 24-34.

"The Rise of Sinclair Lewis." Journal of Scholarly Publishing 26 (July 1995): 202-10.

"Sinclair Lewis Manuscript Collections: A Descriptive Survey." Bulletin of Bibliography 52.3 (Sept. 1995): 229-39.

"The Marguerite Tjader Collection at the Humanities Research Center." Dreiser Studies 25.2 (1994): 36-40.

"Poe, Anna Cora Mowatt, and T. Tennyson Twinkle." Studies in the American Renaissance 22 (1993): 245-54.

"Sinclair Lewis, Paul de Kruif, and The Composition of Arrowsmith." Studies in the Novel 24 (1992): 48-66.

"William Ellery Channing and American Literary Nationalism." Massachusetts Studies in English 11 (1992): 42-53.

"Babbitt in Overalls: Sinclair Lewis' Abandoned Labor Novel." South Dakota Review 29 (1991): 5-22.

"'All of us Americans at 46': The Making of Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt." Journal of Modern Literature 18 (1991): 95-108.

"The Creation (and Reduction) of The Financier." Papers on Language and Literature 27 (1991): 243-59.

"Historical Poe, Theoretical Poe." Review 10 (1989): 177-92.

"The Composition and Publication of 'Another American Tragedy': Dreiser's 'Typhoon.'" PBSA 81 (1987): 25-35.

Book Chapters, Introductions, and Afterwords

"Storytelling, Narrative Authority, and Death in 'The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherezade."  Edgar Allan Poe: Beyond Gothicism, ed. James M. Hutchisson. Cranbury, NJ:  Assoc. Univ. Presses, forthcoming 2011.

"Introduction." Peter Ashley. By DuBose Heyward. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2004.

"The Charleston Renaissance Considered" and "A Who's Who of the Charleston Renaissance." With Harlan Greene. Renaissance in Charleston: Art and Life in the Carolina Lowcountry, 1900-1940, eds. James M. Hutchisson and Harlan Greene. Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 2003, pp. 1-18; 199-210.

"Professional Authorship in the Charleston Renaissance: The Career of DuBose Heyward." Renaissance in Charleston: Art and Life in the Carolina Lowcountry, 1900-1940, eds. James M. Hutchisson and Harlan Greene. Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 2003, pp. 96-114.

"Afterword." Porgy. By DuBose Heyward. Foreword by Dorothy Heyward. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2001, pp. 159-66.

"World So Wide: The Life Journey of Sinclair Lewis." Sinclair Lewis: A Descriptive Bibliography, ed. Stephen R. Pastore (New Haven, CT: Yale Books, 1997), pp. 21-36.

"Arrowsmith and the Political Economy of Medicine." Sinclair Lewis: New Essays in Criticism, ed. James M. Hutchisson (Troy, NY: Whitston, 1997), pp. 110-24.

"The Reviews: Evolution of a Critic." A Companion to Poe Studies, ed. Eric W. Carlson (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996), pp. 296-322.

"Death and Dying in Jennie Gerhardt." New Essays on Dreiser's Jennie Gerhardt, ed. James L. W. West III (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1995), pp. 208-17.

"William Gilmore Simms and Charleston." A Literary Map of South Carolina, ed. Beverley Spears (Florence, SC: Francis Marion University, 1993), pp. 7-11.

Other Writings -- Notes, Encyclopedia Essays, and Miscellaneous Articles

"Little Gems: Children's Literature on Postage Stamps."  British Philatelic Bulletin. August 2010.

"Sinclair Lewis." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Eds. Justin Niemeyer et al. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley, 2009.

"Edgar Allan Poe." Critical and biographical headnote in Prentice-Hall Anthology of American Literature, eds. Dean Rader and Jonathan Silverman. NY: Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2007.

"The Smiths: An Introduction."  The Smiths. Exhibition Catalog.  Charleston: Smith-Killian Fine Art, 2005.

"Main Street." In American History through Literature, 1870-1920, edited by Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst, pp. 656-658. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.

"They Had Plenty of Somethin': The Heyward-Gershwin Collaboration on Porgy and Bess," The Twenties. Online. University of Charleston. Available:

"DuBose Heyward," South Carolina Encyclopedia (Columbia: Univ. of South Carolina Press), 2003.

"DuBose Heyward," "Porgy," "James Weldon Johnson," "Charles Anderson," Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, eds. Cary Wintz and Paul Finkelman (Chicago: FitzroyDearborn), forthcoming 2004.

"A Long Pull To Get There: The Life and Hard Times of Porgy and Bess." Charleston Magazine May/June 2001, pp. 89-91.

"Dorothy Thompson," "Sinclair Lewis," and "Nobel Prize." The Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia, ed. Keith Newlin (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003), pp. 230-31; 283-84; 363-64.

"Charleston" and "Porgy and Bess." The Companion to Southern Literature, eds. Joseph M. Flora and Lucinda MacKethan (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001).

"Dorothy Heyward: In the Shadow of Porgy." Carologue 15.2 (Summer 1999): 3.

"Edith Wharton and Grace Lewis." Sinclair Lewis Newsletter 3.2 (Fall 1994): 5.

"Typhoon," by Theodore Dreiser. Edited with biographical introduction. The Heath Anthology of American Literature, ed. Paul Lauter, et al. (NY: D. C. Heath, 1989), Vol. II. Pp. 1127-54. Successive editions. With James L. W. West III.

"Whales and Confidence-Men: Two New York Tribune Items from the Summer of 1849." Melville Society Extracts, 71 (November 1987): 8.

"James M. Cain" and "Raymond Chandler." Popular Fiction in America (Washington, DC: Beacham Publishing, 1986), pp. 207-15 and 232-39.

"Theodore Dreiser." Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (Washington, DC: Research Publishing, 1985), pp. 372-75.

Feature Articles for Charleston Magazine

"Love Stories." Charleston 24.2 (Feb. 2010)

"Shifting Sands: Botany Bay Plantation." Charleston 22.11 (Oct. 2008)

"Law and Order: Charleston's Old City Jail." Charleston 22.11 (Oct. 2008)

"The Heyday of the Silver Screen." Charleston 22.8 (July 2008)

"Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art." Charleston 22.6 (May 2008), pp. 177-189.

"The Talented Mister Catesby." Charleston 22.1 (Jan. 2008).

 “A Well-Written Life: Josephine Humphreys.” Charleston 21.14 (Nov. 2007).

 “The Naturalist: Herbert Ravenel Sass.” Charleston 21.13 (Oct. 2007)

“House Rules: Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review.” Charleston Home 21.11 (Fall 2007), pp. 160-69.

“Living Art: Brookgreen Gardens.” Charleston 21.12 (Sept. 2007), pp. 122-27.

“Setting the Stage: Charleston’s Theatrical Arts.” Charleston 21.6 (May 2007), pp. 100-07.

“Teatime in Charleston.” Charleston 21.5 (April 2007), pp. 94-99.

"Building on the Past: Architect Albert Simons.” Charleston 21.4 (March 2007), pp. 92-97.

“American Hero: The Life and Legacy of Robert Smalls.” Charleston 21.2 (February 2007), pp. 133-39.

“Devils and the Deep Blue Sea: Pirates of the Lowcountry.” Charleston 21.1 (January 2007), pp. 131-39.

"Linking the Past to the Future: Penn Center.” Charleston 20.11 (October 2006), pp. 148-156.

"Shades of the Lowcountry: Silhouettist Clay Rice." Charleston (October 2006)), pp. 160-173.

"Cultural Evolution: Spoleto USA at Thirty."  Charleston (May 2006), pp. 158-166.

"The Muse: Dorothy Heyward." Charleston (May 2006)), pp. 90-93.

"The Rites of St. Cecelia." Charleston (March 2006), pp. 118-125.

"Beloved: The Art and Passion of the Portrait Miniature." Charleston (Jan/Feb 2006), pp. 132-139.

 “Of Mortar and Memory: Susan Pringle Frost and Charleston’s Preservation Heritage”  Charleston 19.13  (Nov. 2005), pp. 122-31.

 “Grace v. Hyde:  The Bloody Battlefield of Mayoral Politics from 1911 to 1919,”   Charleston 19.13  (Nov. 2005), pp. 72-76.

 “A Life Less Ordinary: The Legendary Adventures of Lowcountry Socialite Gertrude Legendre,”  Charleston 19.10 (Oct. 2005), pp.  70-74.

“Culture Club:  The Gibbes Museum of Art Celebrates a Century of Artistic Endeavors,”  Charleston  19.10 (Sept. 2005), pp.  78-80.

"William Halsey and Corrie McCallum: In Love With Art." Charleston 19.7 (Sept. 2005)

"Creative Spark: Countess Alicia Paolozzi" Charleston 19.5 (June 2005)

"Impressing Charleston: Elizabeth O'Neill Verner." Charleston 19.4 (May 2005)

"The Cradle of Jazz: The Jenkins Orphanage Band." Charleston 19.3 (Apr. 2005).

"Joie De Vivre: Josephine Pinckney" Charleston 19.2 (March 2005).

"Handmaidens of History: The Pollitzer Sisters" Charleston 19.1 (Jan/Feb 2005).

"The Invisible Artist: The Life and Times of E. A. Harleston." Charleston 18.4 (May 2004).

"The Era of Expression: Charleston's Literary Renaissance" Charleston 18.1 (Jan/Feb 2004), pp. 76-83.

Book Reviews and Review Essays - Academic

"The Permanence of Poe."  Poe Studies: Dark Romanticism, forthcoming 2011.

Review of Scott Donaldson, Fitzgerald and Hemingway: Works and Days, by Scott Donaldson.  Resources for American Literary Study, 2010: forthcoming 2010.

Review of Anthony Arthur, Literary Feuds: A Century of Celebrated Quarrels--From Mark Twain to Tom Wolfe, by Anthony Arthur. Dreiser Studies 34.2 (Winter 2003): 116-18.

Review of George Killough, ed. Minnesota Diary, 1942-1946, by Sinclair Lewis. Minnesota History 57.8 (Winter 2001-02): 438-39.

Review of Martin Bucco, ed. Main Street. Sinclair Lewis Newsletter 4.2 (Spring 1996): 2.

Review of Yvette Eastman, Dearest Wilding. Dreiser Studies 26.2 (Fall 1995): 31-33.

Review of Glen A. Love, Babbitt: An American Life. Sinclair Lewis Newsletter 2.2 (Spring 1994): 6-7.

Review of Edward E. Chielens, American Literary Magazines: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography n.s. 12--for 1986 (NY: AMS Press, 1992), p. 315.

Book Reviews - Newspaper and other media

Elizabeth Sinkler Coxe's Tales from the Grand Tour, 1890-1910. Edited by Angie Sinkler Whaley LeClercq. University of South Carolina Press.  Charleston Post and Courier. August 2006

Ordinary Heroes.  By Scott Turow.  Farrar, Straus, Giroux.  Charleston Post and Courier.  November 2007.

A Friend of the Earth. By T. C. Boyle.  Knopf.  Charleston Post and Courier. 

The Knox Brothers. By Penelope Fitzgerald.  Charleston Post and Courier. 

Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation.  By Jeffrey Meyers.  Norton.  Charleston Post and Courier.  November 2004.

Roxanna Slade. By Reynolds Price.  Charleston Post and Courier.  1998.

Celebration. By Harry Crews.  Charleston Post and Courier.  1998.

 Inventing Mark Twain: The Lives of Samuel Langhorne Clemens.  By Andrew Hoffman. 
Charleston Post and Courier. 1997.

 Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates.  By David Cordingly. Random House. 
Charleston Post and Courier.   1996.

Carolina Moon. By Jill McCorkle. Random House. Charleston Post and Courier. 1996.

 Beach Music
By Pat Conroy. Random House.  
Charleston Post and Courier.  1995.

A Man on the Moon. By Andrew Chaikin. Knopf.  Charleston Post and Courier. 1994.

The Crossing. Cormac McCarthy.  Charleston Post and Courier. 1994.

Cavaliers and Roundheads: The English Civil War, 1642-1649.  Charleston Post and Courier. 1993.

A Lesson Before Dying.  By Ernest J. GainesCharleston Post and Courier. 1993.

Bat Out Of Hell. By Barry Hannah.  Charleston Post and Courier. 1993.

The Man Who Was Late. By Louis Begley.  Charleston Post and Courier. 1993.

Where is Here? By Joyce Carol Oates. Charleston Post and Courier. 1993.

My Life as Author and Editor. By H. L. Mencken.  Charleston Post and Courier. 1993.

English Music. By Peter Ackroyd. Knopf. Charleston Post and Courier. 1992.

Ripley Under Water. By Patricia Highsmith. Knopf. Charleston Post and Courier. 1992.

The Double Life of Stephen Crane. By Christopher Benfey.  Knopf.  Charleston Post and Courier. 1992.

The Critics Bear It Away: American Fiction and the Academy. By Frederick Crews. Charleston Post and Courier. 1992.

Sailor Song. By Ken Kesey. Random House. Charleston Post and Courier. 1992.

Colony. By Anne Rivers Siddons.  Charleston Post and Courier. 1992.

All That Remains. By Patricia Cornwell.  Scribner.  Charleston Post and Courier. 1992.

Dangerous Friends: At Large With Hemingway and Huston in the Fifties.  By Peter Viertel.  Charleston Post and Courier.  1992.

Fooling America: How Washington Insiders Twist the Truth and Manufacture the Conventional Wisdom. Charleston Post and Courier. By Robert Parry. 1992.

Easy Keeper. By Mary Tannen. Charleston Post and Courier. 1992.

After the War. By Richard Marius. Charleston Post and Courier. Knopf. 1992.


Papers Presented

"Poe and American Literary Naturalism." Poe Bicentennial Conference. Baltimore. October 2009.

"The Marriage of Sinclair Lewis and Dorothy Thompson." American Literature Association. Cambridge. May 2003.

"DuBose Heyward's Mamba's Daughters: A Novel of Charleston." Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Charleston. April 1998.

"Sinclair Lewis, Professional Author." Sinclair Lewis Anniversary Conference. Sauk Centre, MN. July 1997.

"Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis: A Reexamination." American Literature Association. Baltimore, May 1997.

"DuBose Heyward, The Charleston Renaissance, and The Main Currents of Modernism." South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Savannah, November 1996.

"Poe as a Southern Author." College English Association. New Orleans, April 1996.

"The Revision of The Financier." American Literature Association. Baltimore, May 1995.

"Reading Gender and Race in Classic Naturalistic Texts: The Bibliographical Foreground." Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston, March 1995.

"Sinclair Lewis and the Democratization of Science," Popular Culture Association in the South. Charlotte. October 1994.

"Paul De Kruif and The Composition of Arrowsmith." American Literature Association. San Diego, June 1994.

"Poe as a Professional Book Reviewer." Philological Association of the Carolinas. Charleston, March 1994.

"Sinclair Lewis at Work." American Literature Association. Baltimore, May 1993.

"Dreiser's Two Financiers." South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Knoxville, November 1992.

"The Making of Babbitt." Bibliographical Society of America. Columbia, S.C., March 1992.

"Creating A Critical Text of Dreiser's Financier." Penn State Conference on Editorial Studies. University Park, P.A., April 1989.

"The Composition and Publication of Dreiser's 'Typhoon.'" Modern Language Association. Washington, December 1984.

Invited Lectures

"Main Street: Carol Kennicott's Story." Keynote Address - Celebrating Sinclair Lewis in the 21st Century.  July 2010. Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

"Ernest Hemingway: Life and Legend." Citadel Senior Scholars. November 2009.

"Edgar Allan Poe and the 'Kingdom by the Sea'." Piccolo-Spoleto Festival. Literary Conversations series.  June 2006.

Response to Nevermore, by Julian Wiles, Charleston Stage Company, perf. Dock Street Theatre, 22 Oct. 2006.

"Edgar Allan Poe: Life and Legend."

        Library Society. Charleston. October 2005
        I'On Trust. Charleston. October 2005

"History in the Making." South Carolina Humanities Council Book Fair. Columbia. February 2005.

"Charleston in the Age of Porgy and Bess." Charleston Area Rotary Club.  Charleston. July 2004.

"What Was the Charleston Renaissance?"

Arkansas Executives Conference. Charleston, SC. October 2007.
Friends of the Daniel Library. Charleston, SC. August 2003.
Phi Kappa Phi. Charleston, SC. September 2003.
Friends of the Charleston County Library. Charleston, SC. October 2003.
Poetry Society of South Carolina. February 2004.
Senior Scholars. Charleston, SC. March 2004.
Wachovia Lecture Series. Program in the Lowcountry and the Atlantic World, College of Charleston. Charleston, SC April 2004.
Heyward Family Association. April 2004.

"The History of Hampton Park." The Community Foundation. Charleston, SC. March 2003.

"DuBose Heyward's Peter Ashley: Charleston History and Culture." Friends of the Daniel Library. Charleston, S.C. September 2001.

"Edgar Allan Poe: Life and Work." Citadel Senior Scholars Program. Charleston. July 2001.

"Poe's Detective Fiction." Friends of the Daniel Library. Charleston, SC. February 2001.

"Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale." Friends of the Daniel Library. Charleston, SC. September 1999.

"DuBose Heyward and the Charleston Renaissance." The Morris Museum of Art. Augusta, GA. September 1999.

"DuBose Heyward and Mamba's Daughters." Spoleto Festival USA. Charleston, SC. June 1999.

"DuBose Heyward and the Charleston Renaissance." The Charleston Renaissance: A Symposium. Columbia Museum of Art. Columbia, SC. May 1999.

"DuBose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and the World of Porgy and Bess."

Citadel Senior Scholars Program. Charleston. October 1997.
Poetry Society of South Carolina. Charleston. March 1997.
The Shepherd's Club. Charleston. February 1997.
Friends of the Daniel Library. Charleston. April 2000.
Charleston Library Society. Charleston. April 2000.
Charleston County Public Library. May 2000.
Charleston Tour Association. May 2000.
English Speaking Union. Charleston. January 2001.
South Carolina Humanities Council Book Fair. Columbia, SC. April 2001.
Center for Creative Retirement. Charleston. May 2001.
Harbour Club. Charleston. May 2001.
South Carolina Historical Society. Charleston. April 2003.
Elderhostel. Charleston. 2-3 times a year 2001 - 2007

"DuBose Heyward's Poetry." Poetry Society of South Carolina. Charleston. May 1996.

"The American Scholar Today." Phi Sigma Tau National Philosophy Honorary Society. Washington and Jefferson College. February 1989.

"The Making of Dreiser's Financier." The Citadel. January 1989.

"Poe, Anna Cora Mowatt, and 'The Velocity of Composition.'" Washington and Jefferson College. October 1988.

"The Adventures of 'Carter Holmes': An Episode of the American Literary Revolution." Indiana University at Indianapolis. January 1988.


1999 Publication grant for A DuBose Heyward Reader. The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Foundation.
1990- Numerous grants-in-aid from The Citadel Foundation for research, travel, and conference presentations
1989 "The Composition of Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt." NEH.


Service to the Profession and Other Scholarly Activity

Referee for:

Cambridge University Press; Oxford University Press; Polity Press (UK); University of South Carolina Press; Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich; Longman/Pearson; Penn State Press; University of Pennsylvania Press; University of Delaware Press; Southern Illinois University Press; University of Idaho Press; University of Colorado Press; Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing; Society for the Study of Southern Literature; PMLA;  PBSA; Nineteenth-Century Studies; Studies in American Fiction; South Atlantic Review; Thalia: Studies in Literary Humor; Dreiser Studies; Southern Cultures; Mosaic; Text; Sinclair Lewis Newsletter; American Literary History; Studies in the Novel; Edgar Allan Poe Review; Modern Fiction Studies; others.

Chair of:

Nominating committee, American Literature (SAMLA, 1994); Nominating committee, Textual and Bibliographical Studies (SAMLA, 1995); Charleston session (SSSL 1998); Lewis sessions (ALA, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998); Dreiser session (ALA, 1994); Textual and Bibliographical Studies (SAMLA, 1994); Faulkner session (Popular Culture Assoc, 1994); American Literature sessions (SAMLA, 1992). President (1994-98), Board Member (1998 - ) of Sinclair Lewis Society (1994-97); Director-at-Large, International Dreiser Society (1995-98). Local Arrangements Director, Society for the Study of Southern Literature biennial conference, Charleston, 1998; Editorial Board, Edgar Allan Poe Review; others


Thomson Learning Co.
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Memberships - Professional Organizations

Modern Language Association (MLA)
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
American Literature Association (ALA)
International Dreiser Society
Sinclair Lewis Society
Edgar Allan Poe Society
Ernest Hemingway Society
Philological Association of the Carolinas (PAC)
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)

Courses Taught

At The Citadel:

Freshman English; Major British Writers; Survey of British Literature (for English majors); Masterpieces of American Literature; Public Speaking; Southern Literature to 1900; American Romanticism (undergraduate and graduate levels); American Realism and Naturalism (undergraduate and graduate levels); Modern American Fiction; Seminar (Poe) (undergraduate and graduate levels); Honors English (Utopian Literature; Poe); Honors Tutorial (Poe); Principles of Literary Research (graduate); Lowcountry Literature (undergraduate and graduate)

At Washington and Jefferson College:

Freshman English; American Literature surveys; Seminars (Poe, Faulkner)


Administrative Service (Selected)

At The Citadel:

Core Curriculum; Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness; Library Acquisitions; Faculty Research; Community Relations; Faculty Employment; Computer Services; Advisor, English Majors Club; Department Seminar Coordinator; Faculty Council (1995-96; 1997-99); Committee on Post-Tenure Review; Committee on Grading Systems (chair); Committee on Summer School Enrollment (chair); Department Curriculum (1995-96; 1998-99; 1999-2000); Department Search Committee (1997-98; 1998-99) (Chair, 2003-04; 2007-08); Department Head Search Committee (1997-98); Freshman Majors Advisor (1997-01); Graduate Program Committee (1998- ); Sabbaticals Committee (1998-99); Faculty Development Committee (1998-99); Faculty Tenure and Promotions Committee (chair) (1999 - 2002); (2002- ); Faculty Employment Committee; Financial Affairs Committee; Graduate Council; Professional Education Board; Fine Arts Committee (1999 - ); Scheduling Committee (chair, 2000-07); many others.

At Washington and Jefferson College:

Freshman English; Admissions


Service to the Community (Selected)

Vestry, Grace Church (Episcopal), 2010-2013

Board of Trustees, Charleston Collegiate School, 2009-2011

Volunteer at Crisis Ministries (2000 - ). Outreach activities (various) for Grace Church (Episcopal) (2000 -). Reader for Association for the Blind (1996-97). Book reviewer for Charleston Post and Courier (1992- ). Judge for Poetry Society of South Carolina competitions (1991-92; 2002, 2003).


Charleston Animal Society
Charleston Horticultural Society
Charleston Library Society
South Carolina Historical Society
Verger's Guild of the Church of England



Reviewed in:

             Washington Post; Washington Times; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; The State (Columbia); Post and Courier (Charleston); Richmond Times-Dispatch; Oxford American; others

 Interviewed in:

             BBC World Service (radio); Radio Free Europe (Russia); Associated Press; The Observer (London); The Times (London); Orangeburg Inside/Out (South Carolina ETV); Raleigh News and Observer; Charlotte Observer; Sandlapper; Chronicle of Higher Education; Charleston Post and Courier;  New York Observer; others.


Listed In

Directory of American Scholars; Who's Who in the South and Southeast; Contemporary Authors;  Writer's Directory; Dictionary of International Biography; Encyclopedia of South Carolina Writers



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