Jeff Swenson

Associate Professor of English

Department Chair
Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Writing Center

B.A., St. John's University
M.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Ph.D., University of Iowa


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  • American Literature I
  • American Noir Fiction
  • American Regionalism
  • American Indian Literature
  • Readings in American Literature: Mark Twain
  • Teaching and Supervising Writing
  • Basics of Creative Writing
  • Playing Indian: America's Obsession with the American Indian
  • The American Myth of the Self-Made Man

Research Interests

  • American Literature
  • Midwestern Literature
  • Native American Literature
  • Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction
  • Material Culture in Literature
  • Writing Center Theory and Practice

Selected Publications

  • "The Chosen and the Self-Made: The Conflicted American Dream in Jim Tully’s Jarnegan." Midwestern Miscellany XLI (Fall 2013): 61-78.
  • "Classification and System: A Father’s Thoughts on Asperger’s." American Athenaeum (Autumn/Winter 2013): 80-87.
  • "Middling Modernism and the Midwestern Literary Magazine: The Midland (1915-1933) and Prairie Schooner (1927-)." The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Volume 2: North America, 1880-1960. Oxford, Oxford UP. 2012. 558-575.
  • Review: Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler. By Paul J. Bauer and Mark Dawidziak. Beggars of Life (1924); Circus Parade (1927); Shanty Irish (1928); The Bruiser (1936); By Jim Tully. Kent State UP. M/MLA Journal 46.1(Spring 2013): 105-110
  • "A Comparison of Online Feedback Requests by Non-Native English-Speaking and Native English-Speaking Writers" Co-authors Zin Lu and Carol Severino. Writing Center Journal (Fall 2008).
  • "Tripping Over the Border: The American Wilderness Myth in Sinclair Lewis' Mantrap." The American Village in a Global Setting. Eds. Michael E. Connaughton and Suellen Rundquist. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 113-124.


  • Martin E. Martin Award, 2011—Hiram College: For teaching and outstanding leadership contributions to the first year program and assessment activities
  • The Michael Starr Award, 2009—Hiram College
  • Midwestern Heritage Prize, 2003: Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML)

Current Projects

  • "Unstable Identities: Ethnicity and Gender Play in E. Pauline Johnson’s Wilderness Journalism"
  • "Crafting the Canoe: Control of the Cultural Notion of Canoeing and Wilderness in Thoreau's Maine Woods"
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