Department of English
L & L 416E
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7553
Phone: (509) 963-3432
Fax: (509) 963-1561
Christopher Schedler was born and raised in California, with a quick detour east to pursue his B.A. in English and Religion at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He returned to the west coast to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He joined the English Department at CWU in Fall 2003. His teaching and research interests include American Literature after 1865, Multicultural Literatures (particularly American Indian and Latino/a), Latin American Literatures, Modernism, and Border Theory. He has published one book, Border Modernism: Intercultural Readings in American Literary Modernism (Routledge 2002) , as well as articles on Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Américo Paredes, Alejandro Morales, and John Joseph Mathews. He is currently working on his second book, tenatively titled Roots & Routes: Migration Narratives in Multiethnic American Literature, and has recently completed an article on tribal sovereignty and native transmotion in Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart . He is an avid user of online technologies (such as Blackboard) in his classes and has worked on a number of web projects, including an American Indian Literature Blog. He was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award for 2008-2009 from the College of Arts and Humanities and the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2005-2006 given by the Alumni Association of CWU. He also serves as Co-Director of the Latino and Latin American Studies program.
- Ph.D., English; University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999
- M.A., English; University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995
- B.A., English and Religion with Honors; Wesleyan University, 1990
- Associate Professor, English, Central Washington University, 2008-present
- Co-Director, Latino and Latin American Studies, 2010-present
- Assistant Professor, English, Central Washington University, 2003-2008
- Lecturer, English, UC Santa Barbara, 2000-2003
- Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2001-2002
- Director of Instructional Design, Mindflash Technologies, 2000-2003
Teaching Interests & Specialties
- American Literature after 1865
- Comparative U.S. Ethnic Literatures
- American Indian Literature
- Latino/a Literature
- Latin American Literature
- Border Theory
Teaching Awards & Honors
- Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
College of Arts & Humanities, Central Washington University, 2009
- Excellence in Teaching Award
Alumni Association, Central Washington University , 2005
Teaching & Training Grants
- Web-Based Course Development Grant, Academic Affairs, Spring 2009
- Web-Based Course Development Grant, Academic Affairs, Summer 2008
- Teaching Innovation Grant, College of Arts & Humanities, Summer 2008
- Sphere of Distinction Course Development Grant, Center for Latino & Latin American Studies, CWU, 2006-07
- Web-Based Course Development Grant, Academic Affairs, CWU, 2005-06
- Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship, Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2001
- Practicum Grant, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 1999
- Border Fiction & Theory(Graduate)
- Transatlantic Modernisms (Graduate)
- Multicultural Feminisms (Graduate)
- Postmodern Fiction & Theory (Graduate)
- Border Modernism (Graduate)
- Thesis/Project Colloquium (Graduate)
- Studies in Major American Writers
- American Novel II: 1940-Present
- American Literature II: 1865-Present
- American Indian Studies: 1890-Present (Team-Taught)
- American Indian Literature (Hybrid)
- Latino/a Literature
- Studies in Film and Culture: Chicano Film (Online)
- Global Perspectives in Literature: Latin America (Online)
- Multicultural Literature (Online)
- Technical Writing (Online)
- Introduction to the Literary Imagination
- English Composition: Academic Argument
Research Interests & Specialties
- Migration Narratives
- Comparative U.S. Ethnic Literatures and Cultures
- American Indian Literatures and Cultures
- Latino/a Literatures and Cultures
- Border Modernism
- Researching and writing book-length manuscript tentatively titled: Roots & Routes: Migration Narratives in Multiethnic American Literature .
- Writing and editing journal article: " Wiindigoo Sovereignty and Native Transmotion in Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart " Under submission to Studies in American Indian Literatures .
- Border Modernism: Intercultural Readings in American Literary Modernism . New York : Routledge, 2002.
- "Bugs in the Capitalist Machine: The Schizo Violence of Alejandro Morales's The Brick People ." MELUS 32.1 (Spring 2007): 53-74
- "Computer Technology in the Literature Classroom: A Constructivist Approach." Washington English Journal . 26.1 (2004): 6-10.
- "Inscribing Mexican-American Modernism in Américo Paredes's George Washington Gómez ." Texas Studies in Literature and Language . 42.2 (Summer 2000): 154-76.
- "The 'Tribal' Legacy of Hemingway's Nick Adams." The Hemingway Review 19.1 (Fall 1999): 64-78.
- "Formulating a Native American Modernism in John Joseph Mathews' Sundown ." Arizona Quarterly 55.1 (Spring 1999): 127-49.
- "Writing Culture: Willa Cather's Southwest." Willa Cather and the American Southwest . Eds. John N. Swift and Joseph R. Urgo. Lincoln : U of Nebraska P, 2002. 108-23.
- "Inscribing Mexican-American Modernism in Américo Paredes's George Washington Gómez ." Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage . Vol. IV. Eds. José F. Aranda, Jr. and Silvio Torres-Saillant. Houston : Arte Público P, 2002. 246-69.
Conference Papers & Presentations
- "Tribal Sovereignty and Native Transmotion." Pacific Northwest American Studies Association Conference. Spokane, April 2010.
- "Engaging the Online Learner through Multi-Ethnic Literature."Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference. Spokane, April 2009.
- "Immigrants at the Gates: Social Borders and Global Suburbs in The Tortilla Curtain." American Studies Association Conference. Philadelphia, October 2007.
- "Immigrants at the Gates: Social Borders and Global Suburbs in The Tortilla Curtain." Pacific Northwest American Studies Association Conference. Portland, April 2007.
- "Consuming to Excess: Windigo Cannibalism in Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart ." American Literature Association Conference. San Francisco, May 2006.
- "Bridging Cultures: Using Online Communication Tools to Teach American Indian Literature." Pacific Northwest American Studies Association Conference. Spokane , April 2006.
- "Migratory Modernism: Mariano Azuela's Los de abajo (The Underdogs) ." Pacific Northwest American Studies Association Conference. Portland , April 2005.
- "D. H. Lawrence's Modern Myth of Return in The Plumed Serpent ." Modern Language Association Conference. Philadelphia , December 2004.
- "Visualizing Violence as Schizo Flow in Alejandro Morales's The Brick People ." American Studies Association Conference. Hartford , October, 2003.
- "Teaching Multiethnic Literature and Electronic Media: Syllabi and Instructional Aids." Modern Language Association Conference. New York , December 2002.
- "Centers and Edges: Localization and Deterritorialization in D. H. Lawrence and Mariano Azuela." California American Studies Association Conference. UC Santa Barbara , April 2000.
- "Writing Culture: Willa Cather's Southwest." Willa Cather on Mesa Verde Symposium. Mesa Verde National Park , October 1999.
- "Willa Cather & Américo Paredes: Historical Returns on the Borders of Modernity." California American Studies Association Conference. UC Santa Cruz, May 1999.
- "Inscribing Mexican-American Modernism in Américo Paredes's George Washington Gómez ." Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference. University of Houston , December 1998.
- "The Indian Ancestors of Hemingway's Nick Adams." Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville , February 1998.
- "American Modernism from Primitivism to Tribalism." California American Studies Association Conference. Berkeley , May 1997.
- "Native American Modernism and John Joseph Mathews's Sundown ." Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference. San Antonio , March 1997.
- Travel Grant, College of Arts and Humanities, CWU, 2003, 2004, 2007
- Dissertation Grant, Graduate Division, UC Santa Barbara , 1999
- Dissertation Grant, English, UC Santa Barbara , 1998
- Dissertation Grant, General Affiliates, UC Santa Barbara, 1997-98
- Travel Grant, Graduate Division, UC Santa Barbara , 1998
Honors & Awards
- Doctoral Candidacy Fellowship, Graduate Division, UC Santa Barbara, 1996-97
- First Year Graduate Student Fellowship, English, UC Santa Barbara, 1993-94
- Phi Beta Kappa, Wesleyan University , inducted 1989
English Department, Central Washington University
- Creator, American Indian Literature Weblog
English Department, UC Santa Barbara
- Creator, Weaving Webs: Native American Lit, Oral Tradition, and Internet http://transcriptions.english.ucsb.edu/archive/topics/weaving-webs/home....
- Research Assistant, Transcriptions: Literature and the Culture of Information http://transcriptions.english.ucsb.edu/archive/
- Editorial Assistant, Voice of the Shuttle: Web Page for Humanities Research http://vos.ucsb.edu
Offices in Professional Associations
- Vice President, Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, 2010-present
Membership in Professional Associations
- Modern Language Association
- MELUS (Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States)
- American Studies Association
- Pacific Northwest American Studies Association
- American Literature Association
- Phi Beta Kappa