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Ross Bullen
Assistant Professor - Teaching Intensive
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

American Literature, First-Year English, Comedy Writing


I teach classes in American literature, writing, children’s literature, and science fiction at OCAD University. Since 2015, I have been the coordinator for "The Essay and the Argument," OCAD U's first-year English and writing course. I am currently the President of the Canadian Association for American Studies.


2010: Ph.D., English, Western University

2004: M.A., English, Western University

2002: B.A., English & Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University

Professional Experience

2018-present: Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream), Faculty of Arts and Science, OCAD University

2014-18: Lecturer (Teaching Stream), Faculty of Arts and Science, OCAD University

2012-14: Limited-Term Assistant Professor, Department of English Literatures, Mount Allison University

2010-12: Sessional Lecturer: OCAD University; Western University; McGill University

Awards \ Grants

OCAD University Faculty of Arts & Science Teaching Award, 2018

Ernest Redekop Prize (honourable mention), 2013

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Essays

"'Act Two for America'": Narcissism, Money, and the Death of American Literature in Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story.Canadian Review of American Studies 48.2 (2018): 231-253

"Blood Money: Gresham's Law, Property, and Race in Faulkner's Go Down, Moses." Canadian Review of American Studies 42.2 (2012): 194-215

"'This Alarming Generosity': White Elephants and the Logic of the Gift." American Literature 83.4 (December 2011): 747-773

Review Essays

"Transpacific Interpretations." Canadian Review of American Studies 45.2 (2015): 259-270

Journal Issues

Co-editor with Mary Eileen Wennekers. Canadian Review of American Studies 50.3 (2020). Special issue on "Uncertain Futures."

Selected Public Scholarship

"William Wells Brown, Wildcat Banker." The Public Domain Review. 24 November 2021

"Race and the White Elephant War of 1884." The Public Domain Review. 11 October 2017

"George Washington at the Siamese Court." The Public Domain Review. 21 April 2016

Selected Creative Writing

Various comedy pieces for McSweeney's Internet Tendency

“Board Games for Adjunct Professors.” Keep On Scrollin’ Don’t Stop: More Favorites from McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, edited by Chris Monks. E-book, McSweeney’s, 2019

"The AdjunctPod," Word Hoard 1.5: 91-95

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

President, Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS), 2020-2022

Vice-President, Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS), 2018-2020

Member-at-Large, Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS) Executive, 2017-2018

Contract Academic Faculty Caucus representative, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) Board of Directors, 2016-2018