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Jeff Swenson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of English
Director of Writing Across the Curriculum

Jeffrey Swenson is an Associate Professor of English specializing in American Literature and Writing Pedagogy. In his role as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Jeff works with faculty from most every department to develop and improve their Colloquium and First-Year Seminar courses. He runs the Hiram College Writing Center, training new student writing tutors to become Writing Assistants every fall in one of his favorite courses—Teaching and Supervising Writing.

Education

  • B.A., Saint John’s University
  • M.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • PH.D., University of Iowa

Research Interests

Jeff’s primary research focus is Midwestern Regionalism, including recent publications on authors Jim Tully, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and J.F. Powers. Beyond regionalism, he is interested in material culture–particularly the canoe–and its influence on literature and culture, as with the work of Canadian First-Nations author E. Pauline Johnson.

His most recent scholarly work considers representations of Autism Spectrum Disorder in popular culture, particularly television.

Selected Publications

  • “Beyond the Nostalgia of Objects: Fitzgerald’s ‘A Night at the Fair.’” Midwestern Miscellany (Forthcoming).
  • “Worldly Temptations, Both Urban and Rural: J. F. Powers’s Morte D’Urban.” MidAmerica: The Yearbook of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. Vol. 43 (2016). (44-63).
  • “The Small Town” and “Main-Travelled Roads.” Entries in the Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 2: Dimensions of the Midwestern Literary Imagination. Ed. Philip Greasley. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016. 777-785, 469-473.
  • “The Chosen and the Self-Made: The Conflicted American Dream in Jim Tully’s Jarnegan.” Midwestern Miscellany XLI (Fall 2013): 61-78.
  • “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.

Fun Facts

  • Jeff serves on the board of Hiram Farm, a living and learning community for adults with Autism in Hiram, Ohio.
  • When his shin splints don’t hobble him, he enjoys running half marathons.

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