- Ph.D, English, University of Kentucky, 2018
- MA, American Literature, Western Michigan University, 2010
- BA, English, Western Michigan University, 2008
- BA, Journalism, Michigan State University, 2004
Owen R. Horton
I am interested in representations of masculinity in American popular culture, especially in the 21st century. While I frequently write about contemporary film, any multimedia form (be it television, music, or video games) that features men and violence piques my interest. My dissertation, which chronicled the multivalent presentations of masculinity and violence during the War on Terror, investigated such topics as the Superhero movie revolution, the rebirth of the James Bond films, time travel and time loop narratives, and modern war stories.
In my classroom, my students read, watch, and discuss violence and masculinity in art, literature, and film. This semester, we are focused on American War Literature since World War I. In the future, I hope to offer courses on Rap Music and Masculinity, Sports Narratives, the American Superhero, and Crime and Gender.