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David T. Humphries
Position: Professor and Deputy Executive Officer
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Queensborough Community College
Degrees/Diplomas: Graduate Center, CUNY
Research Interests: American Studies, American Literature, Pedagogy and Writing, Community College Administration, First-Generation Student Support

MALS Concentration: American Studies

Courses Taught in MALS:

Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies (70000)

American Culture and Values (73100)

American Social Institutions (73200)


Recent Publications:

Different Dispatches: Journalism in American Modernist Prose. Routledge,  2006. (Paperback, 2014, Open access, 2019).

 “Going off the Gold Standard in Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer.The Canadian Review of American Studies, vol. 47, no. 2, 2017, pp. 239-260.    

“Gender Fantasies, Sexual Adventures, and Imagined Communities in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, edited by Precious McKenzie, Dialogue Series, edited by Henry Veggian, Brill / Rodopi, 2016, pp. 51-76.

“Where ‘death and the graveyard are final’: The Shifting Boundaries of Authority in Zora Neale Hurston’s Tell My Horse.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, 2011, pp. 32-52.

“Returning South: Reading Culture in James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Zora  Neale Hurston’s Mules and Men.” Southern Literary Journal, vol. 41, no. 2, 2009, pp. 69-86.

Review of Collecting As Modernist Practice, by Jeremy Braddock. M/MLA: The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, vol. 46, no. 2, 2013/2014, pp. 167-171.

Some of these and some older publications are available at:


About Professor Humphries:

I am interested in many aspects of American Studies. My earlier research focused on the literature of the early twentieth-century and the interwar period, and I remain interested in how changing technologies, social institutions, and cultural norms are reflected in the narrative and representational strategies from that time.  As a faculty member and  former Department Chair and Interim Assistant Dean of Faculty, I led and participated in a number of planning processes, new student support strategies and programs, and faculty mentoring initiatives, and I was involved in the hiring of a significant number of full-time faculty. I have also spoken to groups of graduate students and advised individual graduate students about going on the academic and non-academic job markets. From these and other experiences, I have become interested in critical university studies, college and administration, writing pedagogy, and, more broadly, the functioning of contemporary American social institutions.