Dr. Eric S. Hood


E  D  U  C  A  T  I  O  N

  • Ph.D.                     English.  University of Kansas, December 2013 with honors.
  • M.A.                       English.  Eastern Michigan University, December 2006.
  • Certification     English and Psychology. Eastern Michigan University, June 1999.
  • B.A.                        Psychology.  Michigan State University, May 1996.

Dissertation: “‘The Hero as Man of Letters’: Intellectual Politics and the Construction of the Romantic Epic.”

I argue the Romantic epic acted as a key genre in the restructuring of Britain’s intellectual stratum into a politically cohesive, and often oppositional, community.  Romantic intellectuals developed a cultural mythology to explain the rapidly changing nature of intellectual life during the Romantic century and cultivated a new heroic archetype within the revitalized field of epic poetry.

Committee: Ann Rowland (chair), Philip Barnard, Anna Neill.
P  U  B  L  I  C  A  T  I  O  N  S

  • “Karl Marx: The End of the Enlightenment” in Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History.  James Rovira, ed. Lexington Books, 2019.
  • “The Affects of ‘Fourier’: Locating Free Love Socialism in Aurora Leigh” in Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism: “A Tribe of Authoresses Andrew O. Winkles and Angela Rehbein, eds. Liverpool University Press, 2017.
  • Review of Edward Adams. Liberal Epic: The Victorian Practice of History from Gibbon to Churchill. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 64 (October, 2013).


D  I  G  I  T  A  L    H  U  M  A  N  I  T  I  E  S

Projects and Associations

  • Founding Editor at The Digital Mitford: The Mary Russell Mitford Archive. http://www.pitt.edu/~ebb8/DigitalMitford/
  • Rienzi: A Drama in Five Acts (a Digital Scholarly Edition) by Mary Russell Mitford.  The Digital Mitford. (Forthcoming).

Workshops, Seminars, and Training

  • “XSLT Transformations for Drama Workshop.” U. Pitt., Greensburg (June 2016).
  • “Data Visualization and Coding Workshop.” U. Pitt., Greensburg (June 2014).
  • “Digital Humanities with DH Commons.” MLA (January, 2014).
  • “XML Coding Workshop.”  U. Pitt., Greensburg (June 2013).
  • “The Paperless Classroom and Digital Humanities.” Workshop Series. U. Kansas (2009-2010).

S  E  L  E  C  T  E  D     P  R  E  S  E  N  T  A  T  I  O  N  S

  • “Generic Assembly: Collins and Gray’s Pindaric Odes and the Romantic Epic” (October, 2018) International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), Greenville, SC.
  • “From The Highlander to Ossian: Pathways to the Romantic Epic” (August, 2017) North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), Ottawa.
  • “Introducing the Academic Research Paper through Autoethnography” (May, 2016) Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign.
  • “Pedagogy and Empathy: Reflections on The Frederick Douglass Game” (September, 2015) Historians Against Slavery Conference, Cincinnati.
  • “The Vanishing: How Epic was Lost and Found in the Eighteenth Century” (October, 2014) Invited Presentation to the Eighteenth-Century Studies Group and the Language and Rhetorical Studies Workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • “Family Ties: The Structure of Liberal Compromise in Mitford’s Rienzi” (July, 2014) NASSR, Washington, D.C.
  • “Benjamin and the Romantics: Recovering the Critical Praxis of Flânerie” (March, 2014) Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Chicago.
  • “Saving Detroit: Utopian Economics and Antics in the Forbidden Zone” (October, 2013) Canadian Association of American Studies Conference, Waterloo.
  • “The Making of the Writing ‘Class’: Relations of Class in Southey” (September, 2013) ICR, Rochester, MI.
  • “London Streetwalkers: The Dialectics of Flânerie in de Quincey, Blake, and Benjamin” (March, 2013) Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston.
  • “‘Your Fourier’s Failed’: Socialism in Aurora Leigh.” (June, 2012) British Women Writer’s Conference, Boulder.
  • “Revolutionizing the Epic: Gramsci’s ‘Romanticism’ and Southey’s Joan of Arc.” (November, 2011) ICR, Montreal.
  • “Independence and the Intellectual Bloc” (August, 2011) NASSR, Park City.
  • “Detroit: Strategies for Post-Capitalism.” (April, 2011) Conference on Classroom Composition and Communication, Atlanta.
  • “‘The Blessing of Equality’: Questions of Ownership and Utopia in Paul and Virginia.”  (November, 2009) ICR, New York.

S  E  L  E  C  T  E  D     H  O  N  O  R  S    A  N  D     A  W  A  R  D  S 

  • Dissertation awarded Honors, University of Kansas Department of English (2013).
  • Outstanding Instructor Award, University of Kansas Department of English (2011).
  • James B. Kennedy Scholarship for excellence in the study of literature, University of Kansas Department of English (2011).
  • Competitive graduate position at the Hall Center’s Fall Faculty Colloquium, “The City Imagined” (2012).
  • Competitive Graduate Research Assistant position (Spring 2012, Spring 2013).

P  R  O  F  E  S  S  I  O  N  A  L    S  E  R  V  I  C  E

  • ALPHA (African-American Leadership Organization) Sponsor
  • First Year Graduate Liaison (SAGE)
  • Library Committee (SAGE)
  • Voting Department Member (University of Kansas, Department of English)
  • Travel Funds Committee (SAGE)
  • Academics Anonymous Committee (SAGE)

HS Coaching: Quiz Bowl (Academic Team); Tennis: Junior Varsity Boys and Girls.
HS Club Sponsor: Film Club; Guerrilla Poetry Club; Chess Club; Senior Class Advisor
HS Drama Club Co-Director: student musicals: Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, and Tommy; student dramas: Macbeth, Christmas Carol, and Salem’s Daughter.


I  N  S  T  R  U  C  T  I  O  N  A  L    E  X  P  E  R  I  E  N  C  E

Michigan State University

  • First-Year Writing: writing intensive course focused on recognizing and making informed decisions as a writer.

Adrian College

  • Academic Foundations: two course sequence for first-year students, teaching critical reading, writing, presentation, and research skills.

University of Kansas

  • British Literature Survey (ENG 315): a study abroad course in England and Scotland that examined a wide range of British writing (poetry, drama, and novel) from Chaucer to contemporary authors.  Selections included, but were not limited to, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Wordsworth’s Prelude, and Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.
  • Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory (ENG 308): survey of literary theory and critical approaches with an emphasis on further developing close-reading skills and advanced research practices in the humanities.
  • Introduction to Poetry (ENG 210): survey of British and American poetry from the Romantic period to contemporary poets, emphasizing the analysis of poetic form and thematic development.
  • Critical Reading and Writing (ENG 102): academic writing and reading in the humanities, as well as basic research skills. Students read and responded in writing to selections from cultural critics, including John Berger, Michel Foucault, Susan Bordo, and Pierre Bourdieu.
  • Composition (ENG 101): an interdisciplinary writing course using a rhetorical approach to genre.

Southgate Anderson High School

  • British Literature Survey: a forty week survey (poetry, drama, and novel) from Beowulf to British modernism—also taught as Advanced Placement Literature and Composition.
  • American Literature Survey: a forty week survey (poetry, drama, life-writing, and novel) from American colonial texts to postmodernism, including contemporary Native American and African American authors—also taught as Advanced Placement Language and Composition.
  • Film as Literature: a twenty week survey of international cinema from the silent era to contemporary film with a heavy writing component.
  • Grammar and Composition: twenty week course focused on basic writing skills, including thesis construction, paragraphing, and strategies for drafting and revision—also taught within the context of remediation.

E  M  P  L  O  Y  M  E  N  T     R  E  C  O  R  D

Michigan State University (August 2018 – Present)

220 Trowbridge Rd.; E. Lansing, MI 48824

Assistant Professor

Adrian College, First Year Academics (August 2014 – 2018)

110 S Madison St.; Adrian, MI 49221

Assistant Professor


University of Kansas, Department of English (August 2008 – 2012)


1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 3001; Lawrence, KS 66045

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Kansas, Library Instructional Services (August 2007 – 2011) 

1301 Hoch Auditoria Dr., Rm. 423; Lawrence KS 66045

Instructional Assistant

Southgate Community School District (August 1998 – 2007)

13201 Trenton Road; Southgate, MI 48195

English Department Chair (2003-2006)

English Teacher (1999-2007)

Substitute Teacher (1998-1999)


P  R  O  F  E  S  S  I  O  N  A  L     M  E  M  B  E  R  S  H  I  P  S

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)
  • International Conference on Romanticism (ICR)

C  E  R  T  I  F  I  C  A  T  I  O  N  S

  • English—Michigan Professional Secondary Teacher Certification
  • Psychology—Michigan Professional Secondary Teacher Certification

C  O  M  P  U  T  E  R     T  R  A  I  N  I  N  G

Experience and training in Windows and Macintosh platforms, web based syllabi and classroom pages, XML coding and tagging, Microsoft Office Applications, Blackboard, Power School, data collection, management and reporting.


References available upon request