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- B.A. University of Iowa, English
- M.A. University of Illinois, English
- Ph.D. University of Illinois, English
Chris grew up primarily in Minnesota, went to college in Iowa and Illinois, taught at Oregon State University from 2003-2005, and has been at UND since 2005. He has been the Director of Graduate Studies in English since 2009. He teaches a wide variety of courses, ranging from Horror Fiction to Detective Fiction to Critical Theory to Latino/a, Native American, and Asian American literatures. He has published articles primarily on Native American literatures and Cormac McCarthy.
- 20th and 21st Century American Literature
- Critical theory (especially Cultural Studies, Postcolonial and Postmodern Theories, Critical Race Theory, and Discipline Formation, with particular attention to issues of social justice)
- Rhetoric of Literary Criticism
- Native American literature and theory
- Latino/a literature and theory
- Asian American literature and theory
- Popular fiction, especially Horror Fiction, Detective Fiction, and Science Fiction
""Created in Words": Theorizing (Postmodern) Native American Survival through Story in James Welch's Fools Crow." Cultural Critique 81, no. 1 (2012): 31-69.
"A Style of Horror: Is Evil Real in Cormac McCarthy's Outer Dark?" Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 53.1: 30-48, 2012.
"Genetic Crossing: Imagining Tribal Identity and Nation in Gerald Vizenor's The Heirs of Columbus" Studies in American Indian Literature. 23.3 (Fall 2011): pgs. 1-33.
"Gerald Vizenor." The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia. Eds. Christian Zacher, Richard Sisson, and Andrew Cayton. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2007: 514-515.
"Embodying the Indian: Rethinking Blood, Culture and Identity in James Welch's Winter in the Blood and The Death of Jim Loney." Western American Literature (Fall 2006) 41(3): 301-34.
"Review of Red Cloud: Photographs of a Lakota Chief, Frank H. Goodyear III." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 27:4 (Fall 2004): 870-874.
"Review of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism." Workplace: A Journal of Academic Labor 5.1 (October 2002), (http://www.louisville.edu/journal/workplace/issue5p1).
- Association of Directors of Graduate Studies in English
- Modern Language Association
- Finalist for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Dakota, 2009-2010
- Identified as Faculty Star by Presidential Scholars, UND, Spring 2012
Courses Recently Taught
- English 521 Race, Violence, and Justice in American Minority Literature
- English 521 Critical Race: Theory and Literature
- English 511 Quantum Entanglement: Postmodernism, Cultural Studies, and Anthropology
- English 510 History of Literary Theory and Criticism
- English 501 The Teaching of College English
- English 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies
- English 415 Gender, Sexuality and the Body in Native American Literature
- English 415 Latino/a Literature and Theory
- English 415 American Psycho?: Violence in American Literature and Culture
- English 407 Latino/a Literature and Theory
- English 407 Asian American Literature and Theory
- English 407 Modern and Postmodern American novels
- English 367 Native American Literature
- English 320 Genre Fiction