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Dr. Christopher Cairney - MA, MA, PhD

Christopher Cairney

Professor of English; Assistant Chair, Department of English
Department of English

Phone: 478.934.3349
Website: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1490-7079

  • Cochran - Jackson Hall - 201
    Phone: (478) 934-3349
Office Hours: Spring term: Mon/Wed: 11:00-2: 00; Tues/Thurs: 11:00-12:00,and by appointment.
Biography: I am originally from the West Coast, and came to Middle Georgia State University after having taught in Ecuador (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador), South Korea (Chonbuk National University), Lebanon (the University of Balamand) and Turkey (Koç University and Doğuş University). I have been active in publishing scholarship in several areas, including Irish literature and culture, the rise of the gothic novel, and Joseph Conrad. My research takes me all over the world and involves intertextuality, semiotics, cultural materialism and other aspects of critical theory. I am also interested in educational theory and once taught in a high school in California. Sports have always been a big part of my life: I was an NCAA D2 athlete and later got the chance to work in D1 athletics at the University of Missouri and later at the University of Southern California. I have always worked to support scholar-athletes. I have always enjoyed working with clubs on campus, especially BOLD and CANTERBURY CLUB, and with our POP-CULTURE LIVING & LEARNING COMMUNITIES. Most importantly, my wife and I have a busy group at home: a college football player, a middle-school football player, and two high-school combo athletes. Personally, I have long been involved with the GAA, most recently in the Atlanta Clann na nGael sports club playing Gaelic football as well as hurling, and have been a head coach of several youth football and soccer teams through the years. I encourage people to live authentically and always pursue their passion. Our motto is "Stay Human!" Fun fact: I was a founding member of the Istanbul Ottomans International Rugby Club. Fun fact: I have an NCAA Big-8 championship ring from when I was on the staff of Mizzou Women’s Basketball, and, as a player, I have a GAA national championship medal for USGAA Junior B hurling. If you do not yet know the Irish national game, see a video here: http://usgaa.org.
Courses: Current Courses: ENGL 1101; ENGL 0999; ENGL 2121 (British Literature I); ENGL 3990 (On-Campus Internship).
Education: BA-California State University, Chico (Linguistics)
MA-California State University, Chico (Irish Studies)
Single-Subject Teaching Credential- California State University, Chico (Language Arts)
MA-University of Missouri, Columbia (English Literature)
PhD- University of Missouri, Columbia (Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature, “The Long Eighteenth Century”)
PhD Minor Field: Colonial American Literature
PhD Outside Area: History/Anthropology
Dissertation: “The Villain Character in the Puritan World: An Ideological Study of Richardson, Radcliffe, Byron, and Arnold"
CV: https://cairneys.blogspot.com/2020/05/cv.html
Professional Affiliations: The Joseph Conrad Society of America (life member).
The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA).
The International Gothic Association.
The Georgia Tutoring Association.

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