Gregory Stephens

Gregory in office 2-5-14
  • Rank: Assistant Professor
  • Education: PhD in Communication, University of California: San Diego
  • Research Areas: Cultural Analysis, Writing Studies, Ethnography, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing (emphasis on literary nonfiction), Generic Transformation in Literature and Film, Second Language Learning, Curriculum Reform Emphasizing Transferable Skills, Visual Narrative, Rhetorical Theory
  • Additional Interests: Applying Creative Writing Pedagogy to Writing and Communication Courses; Ethnographic Methods in Teaching, Research, and Cultural Analysis; Anglophone and Caribbean Literature.
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Gregory Stephens is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. His PhD in Communication is from the University of California-San Diego, and he completed a 2nd M.A. in Spanish literature at the University of West Indies-Mona (2007). Stephens has taught film, literature, and media/cultural studies at the University of South Florida (2010-12) the University of West Indies (2004-08), and the University of California. He is the author of On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley (Cambridge UP, 1999).

From 2013-2014 Stephens was an Assistant Professor of English at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he redesigned the Freshman English curriculum. Publications related to this experience include “Unveiling Cultural Filters: Teaching ‘The Veil’ in Puerto Rico and Saudi Arabia,” Studies in English Language Teaching, Vol. 3, No. 1 (March 2015); “Rites of Passage in an English Class: Auto-ethnography & Coming of Age stories in Cross-Cultural Contexts,” Arab World English Journal 5.4 (December, 2014); and “Recording the Rhythm of Change: A Rhetoric of Revolution in The Square,” Bright Lights Film Journal (May 7, 2014).

As a journalist Stephens has published in forums including the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. He was an award-winning songwriter in Austin Texas during the 1980s. His studies of American literature include “Out too far”: Half-Fish, Beaten Men, and the Tenor of Masculine Grace in Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea,” (Hemingway Review, Spring 2013). Writings on Latin American culture include “Sacrifice, Faith, Mestizo Identity–Three Views of Che’s New Man” (Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, 2014).

Stephens has taught Environmental Film and Environmental Literature, leading to publications such as “Feeding Tiger, Finding God: Science, Religion, and “the Better Story” in Life of Pi.” Recent film studies by Stephens include “Corn-Fed Culture: Living Large and ‘Eating Shit’ in King Corn & Fast Food Nation” (Bright Lights Film Journal), and “Confining Nature: Rites of Passage, Eco-Indigenes, and the Uses of Meat in Walkabout,” in Senses of Cinema.

Currently, Stephens is finishing a book project: Real Revolutionaries: Revisioning the Romance of Revolution in Literature and Film.

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