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Apologies for the puffery: it's what's expected of a profile page. Written in third person to be extra pretentious.
Brendan Riley is an Associate Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago, a liberal arts school for the performing and media arts. He teaches Composition, New Media, and Media Studies classes there, and he also serves as the English Department's Technology and Pedagogy Coordinator, a position in which he helps other instructors develop their use of technology in the classroom. He's probably best known around campus for his popular J-session class, "Zombies in Popular Media," which has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Chicago RedEye, and CNN Online, among many other places.
Brendan earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida in 2004, where he studied Film and Media Studies as well as Rhetoric and Composition. His research interests include: Media Studies; Rhetoric and Composition theory, particularly work in the sub-field of Computers & Writing; New Media studies; Grammatology (the study of the history of writing).
He has been published on a wide variety of subjects. Among his recent published essays are:
"Zombie People: The Complicated Nature of Personhood in The Walking Dead." Triumph of the Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen. Ed. James Lowder. Dallas, TX: SmartPop, 2011.
"The E-Dead: Zombies in the Digital Age." Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture. Eds Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.
“A Style Guide to the Secrets of <style>.” From A to <A>: Keywords in HTML and Writing. Eds Jeffrey Rice and Bradley Dilger. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
“From Sherlock to Angel: The 21st Century Detective.” The Journal of Popular Culture.Vol 42:5, Oct 2009.
“Warren Ellis is the Future of Superhero Comics: Or How to Write Superhero Stories without Superheroes.” The Amazing Transforming Superhero! Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television. Ed. Terrence Wandtke. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007.
His work has also appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Kairos and Computers and Composition Online, among others.
Brendan serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Popular Culture, the advisory board for the Zombie Research Society, and the Executive Board of the Popular and American Culture Association. He has also been the Executive Secretary of the Midwest PCA/ACA since 2008.
My Curriculum Vitae
Email is the fastest, best way to reach me.
By email: briley [at] colum.edu (for issues regarding Columbia or my research)
or email: briley [at] curragh-labs.org (for other communications)
or phone: 312.369.8817
or mail: Brendan Riley, Columbia College Chicago, 600 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, 60605