Jeff Swenson, Ph.D.

Interim VP of Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College, Professor of English

Jeff Swenson


Jeffrey Swenson became the Interim Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College in June of 2023.  He had previously served as Associate Academic Dean since May of 2020, and as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum from fall of 2007 to fall of 2022. Swenson has been a Professor of English at Hiram since 2007. A scholar of American Literature and Culture, he studies and writes about Midwestern literature, Native American literature, and disability studies—particularly representations of Autism in popular culture. 


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

Research Interests

  • Midwestern regionalism
  • Native American studies
  • Representations of autism in popular culture

Selected Publications

  • “‘A Scrap of the Savage’: E. Pauline Johnson’s Canoeing Journalism.” Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne. Vol. 43, No. 1 (2018): 69-90.
  • “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).

Fun Facts

  • Swenson spends his weekends on woodworking projects, including work on bookcases and a coffee table inspired by George Nakashima.
  • He enjoys running, particularly half marathons.