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Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor
Office: Merrifield 122D
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- Ph.D. in English, University of Washington, 1990
- M.A. in English, University of Washington, 1986
- B.A. in Communication/Editorial Journalism, University of Washington, 1982
- A.A.S. in Human Services: Emergency Mental Health/Crisis Intervention, Seattle Central Community College, 1977
- American Literature: fiction as social criticism; philosophy and literature; comparative religions and literature; Pragmatism; emphasis 19th C and early-mid 20th C.
- Black Literature and Interdisciplinary Black Studies: Abolition era; Civil Rights Movement; Political Philosophy; Black Theology.
- Comparative Religions and Literatures: World religions and literatures; Jewish Theology and Literature; Christian Theology and Literature
- Bibles as Literature: Hebrew Bible (Tanakh); New Testament; narrative theory, redaction theory, philosophical hermeneutics.
- Cross-national and Comparative Study: 19th and 20th Century American and German Literature, Political Philosophy and Theology; American and Turkish Literature.
- Narrative Journalism, Audio Documentary and Audio Drama: Theory and production.
- Literature of the American Left: socialist fiction; socialist theory and art.
- Homeric Epic
Co-Edited Journal Special Issues:
- Carson, Sharon and Timothy Pasch. Special Issue: What is Digital Art? North Dakota Quarterly. Volume 79.1. Spring 2014.
- Carson, Sharon et al (8 co-editors). Special Issue: Robert W. Lewis: In Memorium. North Dakota Quarterly. Volume 79.3&4. Summer 2014
Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Article Length Reference, Multi-Media Public Humanities:
- "All That is Solid Melts Into Air: An Interview with Jonathan Miller." North Dakota Quarterly. Volume 79.1. 2014. 28-35.
- Reconstruction (invited overview essay). American History Through Literature: 1870-1920. Eds. Quirk, Tom and Gary Scharnhorst. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006, pp. 953-958.
- Discussion and Resource Guide: Race With History, Between Civil War and Civil Rights. Academic supplement for six-episode audio/radio documentary series produced by Creative Change Productions/Alan Lipke/Reality Works. Broadcast by Public Radio International. San Francisco: Creative ChangeProductions, 2004.
- Slavery. (overview and introductory essay) The African American Encyclopedia. Ed. R. Kent Rasmussen. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. Vol. 8, 2300-2311. (28 MS pages)
- Book Chapter: "Africana Constellations: African American Studies and Uncle Tom's Cabin." Approaches to Teaching Uncle Tom's Cabin. Ammons, Elizabeth and Susan Belasco, eds. New York: Modern Language Association Press, 2000. 162-171.
- "Dismantling the House of the Lord: Theology as Political Philosophy in Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl." Journal of Religious Thought. Howard University, Summer-Fall, 1994, Vol 51, Number 1, 53-66.
- Religion. (overview and introductory essay on Comparative Religion) The Encyclopedia of Multiculturalism. Ed. Susan Auerbach. Marshall Cavendish Pubs, 1993. 1419-1427 (27 MS pages).
- "Shaking the Foundation: Liberation Theology in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass." Religion and Literature. University of Notre Dame, Summer 1992 Vol. 24.2, 19-34.
Reference Articles (longer):
- "Henry Highland Garnet." Great Lives from History: African Americans. Ed. Carl Bankston III, Pasadena: Salem Press, 2011.
- Philosophy and Philosophers During the 1940's. The Forties in America. Ed. R Kent Rasmussen, Pasadena: Salem Press, 2010.
- Labor History. (overview essay) Historical Encyclopedia of American Business. Ed. Richard L. Wilson. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2009. 496-498.
- "1941: Reinhold Niebuhr publishes The Nature and Destiny of Man," (reference essay on intellectual history), Great Events from History: The Twentieth Century, 1941-1970. Ed. Gorman, Robert F. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2007. 45-47.
- "The Essence of Christianity (Ludwig Feuerbach, 1841)," (critical reference essay). Masterplots II: Christian Literature. Ed John K. Roth, Pasadena: Salem Press, 2007.
- Slave Religions. (overview essay) The African American Encyclopedia. Ed. R. Kent Rasmussen. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. Vol. 8, 2292-2295.
- [Black] Abolitionist Movement. (overview essay). The African American Encyclopedia. Ed. R. Kent Rasmussen. New York: Marshall Cavendish,2001. Vol. 1, 7-11.
- The Souls of Black Folk (by W.E.B. Du Bois). (critical essay) World Philosophers and Their Work. Ed. John K. Roth, Pasadena: Salem Press, 2000. 531-534.
- Review Essay: The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings. (James Baldwin). Magill's Literary Annual 2011. Pasadena: Salem Press, 183-187.
- Review essay. American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone (D.D. Gutenplan). Magill's Literary Annual 2010, Pasadena: Salem Press, 15-19.
- Review essay. Weimar in Exile: The Antifascist Emigration to Europe and America (Jean-Michel Palmier) Magill's Literary Annual 2007. Eds. Wilson. John D. and Steven Kellman. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2007. 846-850.
- Review essay. Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent (by Gerald Sorin) Magill's Literary Annual 2004. Eds. Wilson, John D. and Steven Kellman. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2004. 364-67.
- Review essay: Gershom Scholem: A Life in Letters, 1914-1982. (edited by Anthony David Skinner). Magill's Literary Annual 2003. Eds. Wilson, John D. and Steven Kellman. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2003. 475-479.
- Review essay. Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry (by Samuel Freedman). Magill's Literary Annual 2001. Eds. Wilson, John D. and Steven Kellman. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001. 480-484.
- Review essay. The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington (by Maurice Isserman). Magill's Literary Annual 2001. Eds. Wilson, John D. and Steven Kellman. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001. 689-693.
Editorial Journalism and Public Humanities:
- "Short Take: Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline." North Dakota Quarterly online: September 13, 2016. ndquarterly.org
- "Short Take: Recent Works on Bayard Rustin." North Dakota Quarterly online: June 21, 2016. ndquarlterly.org
- "Short Take: Three Digital Museums." North Dakota Quarterly online: May 17, 2016. ndquarterly.org
- "Short Take: Bureaucracies in a Transnational Perspective (review of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s The Time Regulation Institute)." North Dakota Quarterly online: April 26, 2016. ndquarterly.org
- "Short Take: Picturing Frederick Douglass (review of Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American, by John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste-Marie Bernier)." North Dakota Quarterly online: February 16, 2016. ndquarterly.org
- "Short Take: Twenty Thousand Books (review of The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramksy)." North Dakota Quarterly online: February 2, 2016. ndquarterly.org
- "Short Take: Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World (review of book by same title, by Gillen D’Arcy Wood)." North Dakota Quarterly online: Jan 19, 2016. ndquarterly.org
- Editorial: “Perpetrators – Not Victims- of Discrimination Should Yield", April 15, 2015, pg A4. And online same date.
- Old Books. (History Notes column) Prairie Independent September 2012, pg.13 (print edition).
- Marking Time. (History Notes column) Prairie Independent August 2012, pg. 13 (print edition), August 28, 2012 online.
- Northern Lights. (History Notes column) Prairie Independent June 2012, pg. 13 (print edition), June 25, 2012 online.
- The "S" Word. (History Notes column) Prairie Independent May 2012, pg. 13 (print edition), May 31, 2012 online.
- Views of Fort Laramie. (History Notes column) Prairie Independent April 2012, pg. 15 (print edition), April 27, 2012 online
- Separation of Church and State. (History Notes column) Prairie Independent March 2012 pg. 13 (print edition), March 27, 2012 online.
- Minority Report. (History Notes column) Prairie Independent February 2012, pg. 7 (print edition), February 5, 2012 online
- The Story Behind Amidon. (History Notes column) Prairie Independent January 2012, pg. 7 (print edition), January 20, 2012 online
- New Column Explores Progressive Past, Present and Future. (History Notes column) Prairie Independent December 2011, pg. 7 (print edition), December 15, 2011 online.
- American Studies Association
- Union for Democratic Communication
- Association for Study of African American Life and History
- American Academy of Religion
- Western Jewish Studies Association
- Association for Independents in Radio (AIR)
- Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship, UND, 2015
- UND Time Out/ Wacipi Honoring for Co-chairing Campus Committee for Human Rights, April 2012
- UND Faculty "Spirit Award" (College of Arts and Sciences), 2010
- UND Undergraduate Presidential Scholars "Faculty Star" Banquet Award (2008, 2010, 2011)
- UND Nominated: Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2008
- UND Elmer and Min West Distinguished Arts and Sciences Faculty Award, 2002
- UND Martin Luther King Jr. Service to Community Award (Campus Committee For Human Rights, Co-Chair), 2002
- UND "Access Champion Faculty Award" (Disability Support Services), 2002
- UND Honors Program Meritorious Teaching Award, 1996
- UND B.C. Gamble Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching, 1995
- UND Dean of Students Distinguished Service Award, 1992
- UW Joan Webber Distinguished Teaching Prize, 1989
Courses Recently Taught
- 19th Century American Social Novel (varied frameworks) Pragmatism and American Literature
- African American Literary Theory
- Social Theory (Sociology and Literature)
- Comparative American Religions and Literature
- Biblical Literary Criticism
- American Literary Criticism
- Marx and American Interpretations of Marx (19th and early 20th C)
- Comparative Studies: Early 19th Century American and German Literature
- 19th Century American Literature Seminars (e.g.: "Abolition and Reconstruction"; "19th C. Novel as Social Criticism"; "American and German Literature: Early 19th Century")
- Black American Writers
- Comparative Religion and Literature
- African American Religious History (Dept of Religion)
- Black Civil Rights Movement in Literature and Film
- American Political Novel (emphasis on 1930-1950)
- The Art of Non-fiction
- Colonial American Literature
- Jewish Theology and Jewish American Literature
- Judaism (Dept. of Religion)
- Christian Theology and Literature (comparative approaches)
- The Bible as Literature (Hebrew Bible/ Tanakh, New Testament)
- Audio Documentary and Drama
- Homeric Epic
- Literature and Film of War
- Epics of War (Exodus, Iliad, Gospel of Mark, etc.)
- American Literature Survey (all periods)
- Composition (including Grand Forks Air Force Base)
- Introduction to Fiction
Honors/ Arts and Sciences (Special seminars):
- "African American History Through Literature"
- "The Black Civil Rights Movement"
- "Interdisciplinary African American Studies"
- "Race With History: Audio and Film Documentary"
- "Jesus and Paul, in Judaism and Christianity"