Chris Foss, Associate Professor of English, earned a Ph.D. (1995) in 19th-century British literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. (1988) in literature from Northeastern University, and a B.A. (1986) in English (with secondary education certification) and Spanish from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.).
Dr. Foss is the author of numerous scholarly articles and academic conference papers. His particular emphases within his specialty area include Toru Dutt, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Oscar Wilde. He also recently has developed a subspecialty in disability studies, with a particular emphasis on autism.
In a recent interview aired on the “With Good Reason” public radio show, Dr. Foss discusses his interest in how autism is portrayed in contemporary literature and film, and he says it’s time to rethink difference, dignity, discrimination and other disability issues.