Faculty Research


Mark Pepper published "Post-Postmodernism and the Market Popularity of Superhero Movies" in Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, Issue 18 (February 2015) Full Web-Text.

Rob Carney published selected poems in EIL (4 February 2015) and (14 February 2015), Rock & Sling Issue 10 (2015), saltfront Issue 3 (2015), Atticus Review (30 December 2014),  EIL  (June 2014), Poecology Issue 4 (2014), The Robinson Jeffers Newsletter (Summer 2014), ellipsis . . . literature and art, Issue 50 (2014), Hothouse (6 April 2014)

Mark Pepper published "Classical Rhetoric Up in Smoke: Cool Persuasion, Digital Ethos, and Online Advocacy" in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Vol 18, Issue 2 (January 2014) Full Web-Text.

Lydia Kerr edited a special issue on "Psychoanalysis and Race," CR: The New Centennial Review, Vol. 13, Issue 3 (Winter 2013)

Nathan Gorelick published "Extimate Revolt: Mesmerism, Haiti, and the Origin of Psychoanalysis" in The New Centennial Review, Vol 13, Issue 3 (Winter 2013) Abstract.

Rob Carney published "Seven Pages from the Book of Sharks" in Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments, Issue 34 (November 2013) Full Text and Audio.

Kate McPherson published Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, ed. with Kathryn M. Moncrief and Sarah Enloe. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 2013. 344 pages.

Conference Presentations

Grant Moss presented his paper "To Boldly Go Where Some Men Have Gone Before: Shakespeare, Spock, and Plausibly Deniable Homoeroticism" at the 2014 Popular Culture Association Conference. Abstract.

Kate McPherson participated in the "Signals for Performance" workshop at the 2014 Shakespeare Association of America Conference in April. Letter from Workshop Director. McPherson's Preparation.

Brian Whaley presented his paper "An Anthropology of Ourselves: Mass Observation and British Popular Culture " in April at the 2014 Popular Culture Association Conference. Abstract.

Todd Goddard presented his paper "Swamps, Marshes, and Mud-Holes: Caroline Kirkland’s 'Great' Excursions through the Michigan Frontier" in June at the Catherine Maria Sedgwick Society's conference: Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination . Abstract.

Nathan Gorelick presented his paper "Crusoe’s Terror: Trauma and the Limits of Representation in the Early British Novel” in March at the 2014 Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Abstract.

Gae Lyn Henderson presented her paper "Implications of Transgender Identity: Dysphoria in Regulated Health Care and Education" in March at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Abstract.

Gae Lyn Henderson presented her paper "Peaceful Transgression: Graphic Design as Activist Pedagogy" in March as part of the Rhetoricians for Peace at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Abstract.

Mark Pepper presented his paper "Re-Remembering the Depth of Your Topic: Episodic Memory and the Neuroscience of the Research Paper" in March at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Abstract.


Rob Carney received the Dean's Award of Excellence for Creative Work. 2014-2015.

Rob Carney's poem "Seven Circles in the Book of Sharks" was awarded the 2014 Robinson Jeffers Tor House prize for poetry. Poem.

Rob Carney won Terrain.org's 4th Annual Poetry Contest. As part of the reward, he was asked for reading recommendations of works that have influenced him.

Christopher Lee and Angie Carter won the Best Paper: Literature Division award from The Journal of Utah Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters. 2014. Abstract.

Forthcoming Publications

Rob Carney's book 88 Maps has been accepted by Lost Horse Press for a Fall 2015 publication.

Kate McPherson will publish Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England. Ed. with James Mardock. Duquesne University Press. Forthcoming 2014.


Rob Carney and Rick McDonald (along with a number of English Department students) participated in Poetry Matters on April 2, 2014 for National Poetry Month. Video of Event.

Works in Progress

Jans Wager is currently working on a book: Jazz and Cocktails: Music and Representation in Film Noir. Description and Abstract.