Assistant Professor, of Torrey Honors Institute
Dr. 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 MA and PhD 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. Dr. Smith is also a professional speaker and saxophone player. Animated, humorous, thought-provoking and explosive, he engages students with a personable and inspirational teaching style. Dr. Smith and his wife Marsee have two boys, Josué and Angelo.
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
“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, Nevada, November 2015.
“If He Hollers Let Him Go: Chester Himes, Quentin Tarantino and the Making of Black
Criminality in Los Angeles” Paper presented at the Conference of the American Literature
Association, Boston, MA, May 2015.
“Uncle Tom’s Cabin Showdown: Stowe, Tarantino and Southern Expansionism in the
American West” Paper presented at the 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.” Paper presented at the Conference of the Western
Literature Association. Los Angeles, California, October 2005.
“The Mobility Trope in Black Western Literature: Race and Space in Taylor Gordon’s
Born to Be.” Paper presented at the Conference of the Western Literature Association. Big Sky,
Montana, October 2004.
“Racial Topography and Cross-Regional Exchange: Miscegenation and Frontier
Adventurism in Black Mystery and Science Fiction.” Paper presented at the Conference of the
Western Literature Association. Houston, Texas, October 2003.