Kevin Swafford

Associate Professor & Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Bradley Hall 371
(309) 677-2451

Ph.D., English Literature, University of Rhode Island
M.A., English Literature, New York University
B.A., English Literature, San Francisco State University


I am a proud native of southern California, an avid surfer, musician and lover of nature and books. I find deep personal fulfillment in reading and writing and in talking about reading and writing. 


I have had the great pleasure of teaching a wide range of courses at Bradley, though my primary teaching is in British and European literature, Western Civilization, and writing. I have also taught regularly in the Study Abroad Program in Vienna, London, and Dublin.


Like my teaching, my research and writing is interdisciplinary (rooted in philosophy, sociology, psychoanalysis, and history) and focuses primarily on Victorian and Edwardian literature and culture. My writing has appeared in a variety of journals such as Pacific Coast Philology, The European Studies Journal, Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, The Gissing Journal, Kairos, The Journal of Popular Culture, Victorian Newsletter, The Wellsian and in the collection Literacy Theory in the Age of the Internet (Columbia University Press). My book, Class in Late-Victorian Britain: the Narrative Concern with Social Hierarchy and its Representation is published by Cambria Press. I am currently working on a second book on issues of aesthetics and politics in the writings of H.G. Wells. 


I am currently the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English and I have served on various committees such as the University’s Research Excellence Committee, the General Education Sub-Committee, and the English department’s Assessment Committee.