Hiram College
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Jeff Swenson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English, Chair

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


  • 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”