DepartmentTorrey Honors Institute
Biola AffiliationsFaculty, Employee

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Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Biography

Joshua Smith is very pleased to join the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola. He brings a wide range of experience in the instruction of literature and composition. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in American literature and culture. He received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California. His research is in American literature, where he specializes in the nineteenth century, the American West, popular culture, media and race. As an ordained minister, he has participated in pastoral and short-term missions ministry at his local church for several years. Joshua is also a professional speaker and saxophone player. Animated, humorous, thought-provoking and explosive, he engages students with a personable and inspirational teaching style. Joshua and his wife Marsee have two boys, Josué and Angelo.

Awards

2014 Outstanding Dedicated Service, Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs

2004—2005 English Department Fellowship, University of Southern California

2004 Louis Owens Minority Travel Grant, Western Literature Association

1998—2003 Teaching Fellowship, University of Southern California

1996—1998 Academic Advancement Program Scholarship, University of California, Los Angeles

1995—1997 University of California Regents Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles

Publications (Selected)

  • If He Hollers Let Him Go: Chester Himes, Quentin Tarantino and the Making of Black Criminality in Los Angeles.” Conference of the American Literature Association, Boston, Mass.—May 2015.
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin Showdown: Stowe, Tarantino and Southern Expansionism in the American West.” Conference of the Western Literature Association. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada—November 2014.
  • “The Counterintuitive Liberator.” Biola University Advent Project—January 2014.
  • “Racial Reconstruction and the Post-Soul Western: The Legacy of Civil War and Civil Rights in Percival Everett’s God’s Country” Conference of the Western Literature Association. Los Angeles, Calif.—October 2005.

Presentations

  • “Racial Battle Lines and Through Lines: Nat Turner, Hollywood and the story arc of slave revolt in Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation.” Paper presented at the Conference of the Western Literature Association, Big Sky, Mont.—September 2016. (Forthcoming)
  • “Detective Fiction and The Protest Novel: The influence of Richard Wright and Raymond Chandler on Chester Himes’s If He Hollers Let Him Go. Paper presented at the Conference of the Western Literature Association, Reno, Nev.—November 2015.
  • “The Mobility Trope in Black Western Literature: Race and Space in Taylor Gordon’s Born to Be” Conference of the Western Literature Association. Big Sky, Mont.—October 2004.
  • “Racial Topography and Cross-Regional Exchange: Miscegenation and Frontier Adventurism in Black Mystery and Science Fiction” Conference of the Western Literature Association. Houston, Texas—October 2003.
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