Luis Acebal received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at State University of New York (Binghamton). His interests are in comparative literatures has led him to teach and conduct literary research in Latin American and Europe in recent years. As a Fulbright scholar, he conducted research and taught graduate literature courses in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is currently editor of Glimpse, a journal dedicated to questions of media and phenomenology.
Wanda G. Addison is an Associate Professor of Literature, and earned her B.A. in English (focus in Romantic and Victorian Literature) from Christian Brother College in Memphis, TN; her M.A. in English (focus in American Literature) from the University of Memphis; and her Ph.D. in English (focus in Folklore, Women’s Studies, and American Literature) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has published several book reviews, presented her work at both national and international conferences, contributed to Writing African American Women: An Encyclopedia of Literature By and About Women of Color, and has a forthcoming article in Material Culture Review entitled Black History Month Programs: Performance and Heritage.
Janet Baker, Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities, received her PhD in English from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She founded National University’s MA English program, which was the world’s first one-hundred percent online English master’s program, and she served as Lead Faculty of that pioneering program for its first eight years. Dr. Baker teaches the English Capstone Course, and is a past recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry and has published over a hundred poems in literary journals and anthologies.
Michael Martin Day (戴迈河) is an Associate Professor of literature and history at National University. A translator of Chinese poetry and fiction since 1984, he is a contributor to the Leiden-based poetry division of the Digital Archive for Chinese Studies (DACHS) website (http://leiden.dachs-archive.org/), where some of his poetry translations and related materials may be found. Born in Canada, he lived for seven years in China and eight years in Europe before coming to NU in 2007.
Colin Dickey is the author of Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius, and Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith, both from Unbridled Books. His work has appeared in Cabinet, The Santa Monica Review, and TriQuarterly, among other places. He is the co-editor (with Nicole Antebi and Robby Herbst) of Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices. His latest book, Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, was published in October 2016.
Paul Majkut, Ph.D., C. Phil., directs the graduate Film Studies program. His original fields of study were Renaissance and medieval literature with post-graduate work in philosophy. Currently, he teaches courses on Shakespeare, Chaucer, 17th-Century Poetry, Whitman, Metafiction, Billy Wilder, Quintin Tarantino, Italian Film, Central European Film, and Pictures that Speak. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities grants (Cambridge, Oxford), three Fulbright Scholar awards (Argentina, Finland, Germany), and a special research grant from the Republic of Slovakia to research its archive of films made during the Cold War. He is frequently invited to lecture at foreign universities. In a previous career, he worked as an international journalist in the Middle East, a columnist, and a managing editor of a San Diego weekly. In this career, he won over 20 awards for his writing from the Los Angeles Press Club, the San Diego Press Club, the Southern California Press Club, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Michael McAnear received a PhD in Germanic Languages from UCLA in 1994 and has served as Department Chair and also as Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at National University. His research interests have included video gaming and society, online learning, and German studies. He has written about the Austrian writer Albert Drach, a Viennese holocaust survivor and also about B Traven, the mysterious German writer of the 1920s and 30s who wrote Der Schatz der Sierra Madre (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre). Additionally he has published ‘Alienation and Right-Wing Extremism in Austria,’ ‘German Perceptions of Austria: Modeling Anti-Foreigner Sentiment,’ and ‘East Germany: 15 Years After.’ He lives in San Diego where he was born and raised. His mother was German born, his father taught high school German for 25 years, and he attended school for a couple of years in Germany and Austria. He is married and has four adult children.
Scott McClintock has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include literatures of the Americas, anti-terror discourse critique, the Indian novel in English, and Cold War cultural studies. His publications include Topologies of Fear in Contemporary Fiction: The Anxieties of Post-Nationalism and Counter Terrorism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), “’The Matter of Being Ex-Patriots’: Hemingway and Inter-American Literary Study,” in Hemingway, Cuba, and the Cuban Works (Kent State University Press, 2014), and the co-edited anthology (with John Miller), Pynchon’s California (University of Iowa, 2014), as well as articles in Comparative Literature Studies, Clio: A Journal of Philosophy and History, and South Asian Review. He lives in Big Bear City, California.
John Miller is the Faculty Advisor for the Major in English programs at National University. He teaches classes in British literature, Shakespeare, contemporary fiction, and nature writing. He has a particular interest in questions of reader response and has published articles on early modern prose, J.R.R. Tolkien, Thomas Pynchon, hyperfiction and role playing games, the science fiction short story, and online pedagogy; with his NU colleague Scott McClintock, he co-edited the essay collection Pynchon’s California, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2014. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, and lives in Orange County, California.
Christine Photinos teaches writing, literature, and film in National University’s Department of Arts and Humanities and coordinates the Rhetoric specialization within the Masters in English program. Her research interests include rhetoric and composition theory, critical information literacy, crime fiction, and American road narratives. Her work has appeared in the journals Modern Language Studies, Popular Culture Review, Notes on Teaching English, Clues: A Journal of Detection, AmeriQuests, The Journal of Popular Culture, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, The Journal of American Culture, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and in edited collections, including The Complete Guide to Using Google in Libraries, Lujuria–Historia de los afectos: Ensayos de cine y filosofía, Murder 101: Essays on the Teaching of Detective Fiction, A Rhetorical Approach to Workplace Writing Practices, and Practical Composition: Exercises for the English Classroom from Working Instructors. She also contributes to the open education projects Writing Commons and MERLOT.
Franz Potter received his Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia in 2003. His specialization is 18th- and 19th-century Gothic literature. He has written extensively on the trade Gothic, the Gothic chapbook industry and the author Sarah Wilkinson. His book, The History of Gothic Publishing, 1800-1835: Exhuming the Trade, was published in 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan. He has also contributed articles on the Gothic to Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Gothic, Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Romantic, World Gothic and The Handbook to Gothic Literature. He is currently working on the forthcoming Palgrave’s Guide to Gothic Authors and Publishers, 1764-1830 due out in 2017. At National, he teaches courses in 18th- and 19th-century British literature including the Gothic novel, vampires, romanticism and Ann Radcliffe. In 2010 he established Studies in Gothic Fiction and served as editor until 2014. Dr. Potter serves as Lead Faculty for the MA programs as well as for the Gothic Studies Specialization. He lives in Orange County, California.
Ramie Tateishi received his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at San Diego, where he also served as Lecturer at the Muir College Writing Program. His work on film, television, and popular culture has appeared in journals such as Asian Cinema and in anthologies such as Fear Without Frontiers. As a popular cultural scholar, he is a frequent guest commentator on cinema, animation, and other popular culture-related topics on KPBS, San Diego’s local public radio station. He is also a classically-trained musician who has composed scores for independent stage productions such as Sisters, Oregon for Lost Dog Productions, and independent feature films such as The Extra and Mansion of Blood for Elusive Entertainment. At National University, he teaches courses on topics such as science fiction and detective fiction in the M.A. in English program, and is also in charge of the Japanese cinema component of the M.A. in Film Studies program.
Julie Wilhelm received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis. She teaches classes in American literature, gender and literature, and critical theory. Her research interests include sentimentalist humor, affect, and labor in American literature, gender studies, and the Gothic. She has published several essays on nineteenth-century sentimentalist humor, including an essay on The House of the Seven Gables in The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and co-authored an essay on the Gothic Bear in Monsters and Monstrosity from the Fin de Siècle to the Millennium. She lives in Orange County, California.