In his new job, he is responsible for teaching courses in literature and writing, designing courses for the English department’s revised literature curriculum and mentoring undergraduates.
Carlson’s area of expertise is 20th century British literature, and his current research focuses on the relationship between literature and the other arts, particularly music and film. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles in Modern Drama, “The Conradian,” and “The Explicator,” and his book reviews have appeared in “The Modern Language Review.” He has also received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Carlson says he is excited to join a faculty of accomplished teacher-scholars who are committed to their students’ intellectual development.
“I will encourage students to approach the study of literature from a variety of fresh perspectives that emphasize interdisciplinary connections and cultivate critical thinking,” says Carlson.
Carlson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College, where he double majored in English and philosophy. His master’s and doctoral degrees in English are both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.