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John Conley

Part-Time Faculty

PhD, University of Minnesota



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John Conley is a professional pedagogue dedicated to building alliances with students and fostering a student-centered classroom environment. He is committed to serving diverse students with diverse educational goals, and to furthering the projects of affordable and accessible liberal arts education. Originally from West Virginia, he studied English and Humanities/Classics at Ohio Wesleyan University as an undergrad, and received his Ph.D. from the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2008.

Selected Publications

My scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Arizona Quarterly and the minnesota review. More recently, I have published essays in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Research Interests

Critical Pedagogy; Representations of Poverty; Theories of Reading; 20th Century American Literature; Representations of Appalachia; The Politics of Higher Education

Teaching Interests

Composition and Academic Writing; Cultural Studies; Critical Theory and Methodologies; Literary Genres; The Politics of Higher Education

Courses Taught

In my career I have taught a wide range of courses concerning academic writing, literature, and cultural studies. In Fall 2016, I am teaching courses in academic writing that invite students to critically examine the way they think about, practice, and live their "education." Next term at Quinnipiac, my EN 102 course will examine representations of poverty, social class, and income inequality through a few key literary texts.

Educational Background

Ph.D., Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society; University of Minnesota, 2008.