John David Zuern


My writing and teaching focuses on literary criticism and theory, fiction, life writing, and electronic literature. With my colleagues Cynthia Franklin and Craig Howes, I co-edit the journal Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. In 2015 Laurie McNeill and I co-edited a special issue of Biography, "Online Lives 2.0," which follows up on the journal's 2003 "Online Lives" special issue. I also direct the Department of English Undergraduate Internship Program. My recent publications include a forthcoming article in Comparative Literature, chapter in The Profiling Handbook (2015), a chapter on electronic poetry in Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era (2013), an article on the life writing of Louis Althusser in Life Writing (2011), and a critical history of the networking company Cisco Systems in the volume Cultural Critique and the Global Corporation (Indiana UP, 2010). In 2012 I was honored to receive the University of Hawai‘i Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching.


  • Board of Regents' Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012
  • Presidential/Chancellor's Citation for Meritorious Teaching, 2005


BA, English, Moorhead State University MA Comparative Literature, MA English, University of Texas-Austin PhD Comparative Literature, University of Texas-Austin


Spring Semester 2018
  • ENG-495: Internship
  • ENG-664: Biography: Memoir Across Media

Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-420: Studies in Literature and Culture: Fiction and Financial Crisis
  • ENG-495: Internship

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-727: Seminar in Literary Criticism: What Was Psychoanalysis?

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-321: Backgrounds of Western Lit
  • ENG-384: Literature & Technology