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Ryan M. Brooks

Ryan M. Brooks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Office: Classroom Center, Suite 326D
Email: rbrooks@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2484

Professional Profile

Dr. Brooks joined the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages in 2015. He received his B.A. in English and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, he completed his M.A. in English in 2006 and his Ph.D. in English in 2014. In 2014-2015, Dr. Brooks was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Brooks teaches courses in American literature, 20th century literature, and composition.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Brooks’s research tries to account for the differences between contemporary American fiction and the postmodern writing that preceded it. His work explores how this literary shift intersects with broader changes in the way contemporary politicians, activists, and citizens understand the nature of social conflict. Dr. Brooks’s research and teaching interests also include earlier periods of American literature, transatlantic modernism and postmodernism, and the history of literary criticism and theory. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature, 49th Parallel, Mediations, The Account, and the critical anthology The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television.