Milo Obourn, Ph.D

Professor and Chair (Women & Gender Studies), Professor (English), Committee Member (President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusion)
(585) 395-2034
mobourn@brockport.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 118

Education

  • Ph.D. Department of English, New York University, 2006
    Dissertation: “Critical Distances: Liberal Multiculturalism, U.S. Citizenship, and Contemporary American Literature,” Director: Phillip Brian Harper
  • M.A. Department of English, New York University, 2000
  • B.A. English Literature & French Language and Literature, Tufts University, summa cum laude, 1998

Courses Taught

SUNY BROCKPORT

  • Queer Theory, Disability Theory, and Contemporary American Literature (graduate seminar)
  • Asian American Literature (graduate seminar)
  • American Literature 1920-1950: Lead-up to Civil Rights (graduate seminar)
  • Critical Approaches to Literature (senior capstone & MA “swing” course)
  • American Literature after 1950 (senior & MA “swing” course)
  • Race, Sex, Gender and the Public Sphere (senior seminar)
  • African American Women Writers (cross-listed with Women’s Studies)
  • American Women Writers: Women with Weapons (cross-listed with Women’s Studies)
  • Sex and Gender in Literary Theory (cross-listed with Women’s Studies)
  • Disability Studies and American Literature: Honors College Contemporary Issues
  • American Literature II Survey: 1865-present
  • College Composition

SUNY PURCHASE

  • The Search For Equity: Race, Class, and Gender in America Since 1945

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, GALLATIN SCHOOL FOR INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY

  • Multiculturalism in American Political Thought and Literature Freshman Writing Seminar: Self-Representation in Writing

PACE UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENTS OF ENGLISH AND WOMEN’S STUDIES

  • Women’s Bodies: Violence and Resistance (Freshman Writing component to a Learning Community, interdisciplinary pairing with Introduction to Women’s Studies)
  • Women in Literature (cross-listed with Women’s Studies) Introduction to Women’s Studies Through Civic Engagement (Women’s Studies)

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

  • Representations of Women
  • Literary Interpretation (English major gateway course)
  • Writing New York, Teaching Assistant
  • American Literature I Survey: beginnings-1865, Teaching Assistant

Research Interests

  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Cultural Citizenship
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Critical Race Theory

Academic Positions

  • State University of New York, College at Brockport, Assistant Professor of English, English Department (2007-present)
  • State University of New York, Purchase College, Adjunct Profesor, School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education (2007)
  • New York University, Adjunct Professor, Gallatin School for Individualized Study (2006-2007)
  • Pace University, Adjunct Professor, Department of Women’s Studies and Department of English (2006-2007)
  • New York University, Instructor, Department of English (2004-2005)
  • New York University, Teaching Assistant, Department of English (2001-2003)