Ryan Poll
Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator, Undergraduate Advisor
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5824
U.S. literature and culture, critical theory, popular culture and cultural studies.
Courses Taught
ENGL 316 Forms of Poetry
ENGL 356 The Graphic Novel
ENGL 374/476 Oil Fictions: Reading Along the Transnational Pipelines
ENGL 410 Literary Methods and Practice
ENGL 480 Ethnic Literatures
Also: Cultural Studies: Theory, History, and Practice; Global Ecologies and Transnational Ecofiction
Research Interests
Narratives and cultures of globalization; cultural geographies and ecologies; energy cultures; working-class narratives; media studies; poetic forms

Ph.D.  English with Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, University of California, Davis, 2009

Selected Publications

Main Street and Empire: The Fictional Small Town in the Age of Globalization (Rutgers University Press, 2012)

“The Rising Tide of Neoliberalism: Attica Locke’s Black Water Rising and the Segregated Geographies of Globalization” in Class and Culture in Crime Fiction: Essays on Works in English Since the 1970s (McFarland & Company, 2014)

“The Boss and the Workers: Bruce Springsteen as Blue-Collar Icon” in Blue Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to the Jersey Shore (Praeger, 2012)

"Can One Get Out? The Aesthetics of Afro-Pessimism," Journal of Midwest Modern Language Association, Special Issue: "Arts and Activism" (Fall 2019)

"Neoliberal Heroes:Clint Eastwood's Sully and the Haunting of History." The Journal of Popular Culture, Special Edition: Neoliberalism and Popular Culture," (April 2018)

Lech Walesa Hall 2024
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5824
Office Hours
Virtual Advising Hours: by appointment, Wednesdays 12-5
Email at least 24 hours before to schedule: r-poll@neiu.edu
Main Campus