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Charles Cox Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer Literature

Send email to Charles Cox
(202) 885-2909 (Office)
CAS - Literature
Battelle Tompkins - T15
Fall 2020: Monday and Thursday, 1-2:30 pm ET Other times by appointment
MA, Literature, American University

BA, English, Temple University

Languages Spoken
French (moderate); Sarcasm (fluent)
Chuck Cox joined AU’s faculty in 1998, as part of the Writing Studies Program, where he teaches the full range of first-year writing courses. He is also currently the Faculty Director of Complex Problems and University College. His writing seminars typically use pop culture to explore interdisciplinary academic work, with such themes as speculative writing, video games, and, the writing ecology of fandoms. His Complex Problems seminar explores mythic and fantastical storytelling as meaning-making forms. These courses reflect his research interests in composition pedagogy, with particular emphasis on information literacy, using theories of play to enhance learning, and the intersections between the popular and the scholarly; he has presented at numerous conferences on such subjects. He earned an MA in Literature, with a concentration in the Teaching of Writing, from American University and a BA in English from Temple University, the latter not far from his Pennsylvania hometown.
See Also
Writing Center
For the Media
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Fall 2020

  • CORE-107 Complex Problems Seminar: Myth, Fantasy, and Meaning

  • WRT-106 College Writing, Intensive

Spring 2021

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Myth, Fantasy, and Meaning

  • WRT-101 College Writing Seminar