Austin Busch, Ph.D

Associate Professor, English and Director, Honors College
(585) 395-5829
abusch@brockport.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 243
Office Hours:

Monday 10:00 am-noon; Friday 1:25-3:00 PM; and by appointment • Brown 132 (Honors Director’s office)

My responsibilities as director of the Honors College keep me in the Honor’s Director’s office for several hours on most days of the week. Email or telephone to confirm I’m there and then stop by for consultation, even outside my regularly scheduled office hours.

Education

  • PhD, Classical Studies and Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 2004
  • MA, Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 2000
  • BA, Comparative Literature, summa cum laude, San Francisco State University, 1997

Areas of Specialty

Biblical Studies, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature

Courses Taught

Select Classes 

  • ENG 220: Early World Literature
  • ENG 221: Who Wrote the Bible?
  • ENG 223: Modern World Literature
  • ENG 224: Filming Rome
  • ENG 303: Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • ENG 320: Ancient Mediterranean Literature
  • ENG 323: Shakespeare’s Histories and Tragedies
  • ENG 350: Tragedy and Trauma
  • ENG 353: Bible and Modernism: “Stories of Jesus, Ancient and Modern”
  • ENG 353: Bible and Modernism: “The Bible, Faulkner, and García Márquez”
  • ENG 353: (Honors) Bible and Modernity: “Modern Approaches to Jesus”
  • ENG 353: Bible and Modernity: “King David and Jesus in Modern Literature”
  • ENG 311: Bible as Literature
  • ENG 312: Classical Mythology
  • ENG 365: (Honors) Confronting Death
  • ENG 364: Vision/Revision
  • ENG 369: International Science Fiction (asynchronous online)
  • ENG 402: Religious Faith in World Literature
  • ENG 403: New Testament Literature
  • ENG 405/505: Sex and Gender in World (Classical) Literature
  • ENL 4/510: Greek and Roman Poetry: “Roman Epic and its Influence”
  • ENL 4/510: Greek and Roman Poetry: “Classical Epic”
  • ENL 4/572: Critical Approaches to Literature: “Ovid and Theory”
  • ENG 472: Capstone Seminar: “Rewriting the Bible”
  • ENG 472: Capstone Seminar: “The Scriptural Imagination of William Faulkner”
  • ENG 472: Capstone Seminar: “Demons and the Demonic in World Literature”
  • ENL 4/578: Seminar in World Literature: “Jesus and the Gospels”
  • ENG 611: Literary Approaches to the Bible
  • ENG 615: Evil in World Literature (asynchronous online)
  • ENG 690: Advanced Writing in the Discipline
  • LST 749: Ancient Christianities
  • GEP 100: Academic Planning Seminar
  • DCC 310: Human Heritage
  • HON 112: Introduction to Honors: “Constructing Reality and Acting Morally”
  • HON 112: Introduction to Honors: “Literary and Cultural Transformations”
  • HON 112: Introduction to Honors: “Convictions and Questions, Vision and Revision”
  • HON 380: Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Consciousness in Science Fiction
  • HON 380: Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Great Books: David Copperfield
  • HON 395: Thesis Practicum

Select Directed Studies

  • LAT 111: Introduction to Latin I 
  • LAT 112: Introduction to Latin II
  • LAT 211: Intermediate Latin I 
  • ENG 499: Latin Language and Literature
  • ENG 599: Ancient Christian Latin 
  • ENG 605: Studies in World Literature: Sacrifice and Atonement 
  • ENG 699: Readings in Classical Latin 
  • ENG 699: Latin Literature in the British Augustan Age 

Research Interests

  • New Testament and early Christian literature
  • Roman imperial literature
  • Biblical and classical traditions

Academic Positions

College at Brockport (SUNY), Department of English and Honors College

  • Associate Professor of Early World Literatures (2012-present)
  • Assistant Professor of Early World Literatures (2006-2012)
  • Associate Director of Honors College (2016-2019)
  • Director of the Honors College (2019-present)

Stanford University, Introduction to the Humanities Program

  • Teaching Fellow in the Humanities (2004-2006)