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

Area(s) of Expertise

American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature, First-Year English, science fiction, Children's Literature


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

Awards \ Grants

OCAD University Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences Teaching Award, 2018

Ernest Redekop Prize (honourable mention), 2013

Selected Publications


"'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

"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

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

"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

Journal Issues

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


"How to Follow the Mediterranean Diet," Points in Case, 2020

"Literary Airbnb Reviews," McSweeney's, 2020

"Christmas Presents for Adjunct Professors," McSweeney's, 2019

"Six Key Matchups to Watch During This Week's Family Dinner at Olive Garden," McSweeney's, 2019

"Back-To-School Supplies for Adjunct Professors," McSweeney's, 2019

"How to Apply for an Academic Job and Also Summon the Ancient Mesopotamian Demon Pazuzu," McSweeney's, 2019

"How to Format Your Essay Using Any Style Guide," McSweeney's, 2019

"How to Finish Your Dissertation Before the Heat Death and Gradual Extinction of the Universe," McSweeney’s, 2019

"Literary Alternatives to 'Ghosting' at Parties," McSweeney’s, 2018

"Nobody Really Sure What Cowboy Character Is Doing in Dracula," Robot Butt, 2018

"Colin Kaepernick Would Be a Distraction, So We’ve Signed Donald Trump To Be Our New Quarterback," Points in Case, 2018

"Board Games for Adjunct Professors," McSweeney’s, 2018

"Other Headlines About Snowflake Students Correctly Interpreting Works of Literature," Robot Butt, 2018

"Classic Literature Repurposed for Millennials," McSweeney’s, 2017

"The AdjunctPod," Word Hoard, 2016

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