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Dennis McDaniel Ph.D.

Professor, English


  • Ph.D., Duquesne University
  • M.A., Duquesne University
  • B.A., Saint Vincent College
  • Courses

  • British Renaissance Literature
  • Literary Criticism II: Contemporary Theories
  • Modern European Literature
  • Rock 'n' Roll Criticism
  • Shakespeare on Film
  • Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragedies
  • The Beat Generation
  • The Literature of Protest
  • About Dennis McDaniel Ph.D.

    Dr. McDaniel's teaching and research interests range from British Renaissance literature to popular music studies. In all of his courses, be they introductory or advanced, writing courses or literature courses, Dr. McDaniel's students explore forms and statements of cultural resistance. In addition to chairing the English Department, Dr. McDaniel is the Faculty Moderator of the student newspaper, The Review.


    • “US Christian Nationalism is far from Christianity, authors argue.” Review of Taking American Back for God. The National Catholic Reporter. April 15, 2020.
    • “Heartland conveys perpetual cycle of poverty in the Midwest.” Review of Heartland, by Sarah Smarsh. The National Catholic Reporter, August 21, 2019.
    • “’Mommy’s Dead’: The Gallows Humor of Hardcore Punk.” The Routledge Companion to Popular Music and Humor. Edited by Thomas Kitts and Nicholas Baxter-Moore, 2019
    • “In the face of Trumpism, Jon Meacham maintains belief in our national soul.” Review of The Soul of America, by Jon Meacham. The National Catholic Reporter, January 29, 2019
    • Review of Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community during the Great Depression by Timothy Kelly, et al. The National Catholic Reporter, April 6, 2018.