Kevin Swafford

Professor and 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 California.


I teach a wide range of courses at Bradley, though my primary work is in British literature, literary theory, Western Civilization, and writing.


Like my teaching, my research and writing is interdisciplinary (rooted in philosophy, sociology, psychoanalysis, and history) and focuses primarily on the "long 19th Century" (British Romantics to Modernists). 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 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.