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Degrees

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

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Biography

Dr. Joshua Smith is a literary and American studies scholar. His primary research centers on nineteenth-century American thought and the conceptual influence of the American West. He is most interested in the ways that American territorial expansion and frontier mythology shape antebellum writing and national identity. His research has forged links between such disparate subjects as Nat Turner, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Ellison, Quentin Tarantino and Toni Morrison. 

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)

A Cultural History of Democracy, Volume V: The Age of Empire, 1800-1920, University of Cambridge for Bloomsbury Press, contributing essayist. (Forthcoming)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Showdown: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Southern Expansionism in Django Unchained,essay in Race and Gender in the Weird Western, an anthology. (Forthcoming)

Blackness as Emblematic Technology: The Science of Race and Art in the Western Tradition in a collection of essays produced from the Biola Faculty Integration Seminar, “Technology and Christian Faithfulness.” (Forthcoming)

“The Counterintuitive Liberator” Biola University Advent Project, January 2014.

Presentations

“Slave Revolt and National Expansionism: Texas Annexation and the Evolving Persona of Nat Turner” Paper presented at the Conference of the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Albuquerque, NM, March 2018. (Forthcoming).

“One in Ten Thousand: Django Unchained, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Black Exceptionality and the Weird Western” Paper presented at the Conference of the American Literature Association, Minneapolis, MN, October 2017.

“Percival Everett and the Problem of Not: The Inconvenience of Race and Region in Erasure and I Am Not Sidney Poitier” Paper presented at the Conference of the American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 2017.

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