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Education

  • Ph.D., American Studies, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, May 2011. Dissertation: “Reading The Uncanny X-Men: Portrayals of Race and Gender in a Popular Narrative.”
  • M.A., English, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, Aug. 2006. Thesis: “The American Way: What Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and the XMen Reveal About America”
  • B.A., English, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, Apr. 2005.

Areas of Specialization/Interest

Popular Culture Studies, Comic Book Theory, Twentieth Century American Literature

Select Publications/Presentations

The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times, Ed. Joseph J. Darowski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2012.

Movies, Music, and More: Advancing Popular Culture in the Writing Classroom, Eds. Trixie Smith and Joseph J. Darowski. Copell, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2011.

The Entertainment Society, Eds. Gary Hoppenstand and Joseph J. Darowski. Dubuque, IA: Great River Technologies, 2009. E-Book.

The American Way: What Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and The X-Men Reveal About America. Joseph J. Darowski. Koln, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009.

"Inspired, Obsessive, and Nostalgic: The Facets of Fandom in "Beware the Gray Ghost." Fan Phenoma: Batman, Ed. William Burke. Briston, UK: Intellect Books, to be published 2012.

"Chuck Versus the Machine: The Intersection of Technology and Biology on Chuck," The Journal of Popular Culture, 45.4 (2012): 712-726.

"Hume's Moral Philosophy and Thomas's Moral Corruption." Downton Abbey and Philosophy, Ed.Mark D. White. Boston, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2012. E-book.

"Searching for Meaning in 'The Death of Superman.'" The Ages of Superman: Essays on The Man of Steel in Changing Times. Ed. Joseph J. Darowski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2012. 166-177.

"Preface.'" The Ages of Superman: Essays on The Man of Steel in Changing Times. Ed. Joseph J. Darowski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2012. 1-4.

"Mouse Guard." A Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independent and Underground Classics. Eds. Bart Beatty and Stephen Weiner. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012. 556-561.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past." A Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes. Eds. Bart Beatty and Stephen Weiner. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012. 643-647.

"It's Funny Because It's True: 'The Office' and Our Inner-Michael." Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream. Volume One: Film and Television. Ed. Batchelor, Bob. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 2012. 241-254.

"Morality, Guilt, and Hal Jordan's Shifting Motivations." Green Lantern and Philosophy. Eds. Rebecca Housel and J. Jeremy Wisnewski. Boston, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2011. 92-104.

"Entering the Ivory Tower: Popular Culture and the College Classroom." Movies, Music, and More: Popular Culture in the Classroom. Eds. Trixie Smith and Joseph J. Darowski. Copell, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2011. 1-10.

"A Brief History of Comic Books." The Entertainment Society. eds. Gary Hoppenstand and Joseph J. Darowski. Dubuque, IA: Great River Technologies, 2009. E-book.

"When You Know You're Just a Comic Book Character: Deadpool." X-Men and Philosophy. Eds. Rebecca Housel and J. Jeremy Wisnewski. Boston, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2009. 107-121.

"It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's...Synthesis: Superman, Clark Kent, and Hegel's Dialectic." The International Journal of Comic Art. 10.1 (2008): 461-71.