Doctor of Philosophy, Literary Studies (May 2011-December 2015)
Georgia State University
Primary: American Literature, 1828-1900
Secondary: Critical Theory
Master of Arts, Literary Studies (August 2009-May 2011)
Georgia State University
Bachelor of Arts (August 2003-May 2007)
Minor: American literature
Nineteenth-century American literature and non-fiction
Pop Culture studies
History of American capitalism
American detective fiction
American folk and popular music
Dr. Cantrell studies nineteenth century American literature and its relationship to labor in American culture. He has also written on Midwestern literature and on Bruce Springsteen and folk music. His courses include: “The Power of ‘Truthiness’: Thinking and Writing Empirically in a Post-Fact World” (ENGL 1101), “We Understand, Then, Do We Not: Narrative and Empathy in Fictional Forms” (ENGL 1102), “Imaginary Resolutions to Real Contradictions: American Popular Culture, 1828-present (PERS 2003), and “Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They’re Not After You: Paranoia and Pop Culture” (PERS 2003H). Additionally, Dr. Cantrell serves as a coordinator of the Georgia State University Prison Education Project and with Common Good Atlanta at Phillips State Prison.
- Recognitions and Awards
Sustainability Grant, Serve-Learn-Sustain, Georgia Institute of Technology (March 2017)
$1000 grant for student-related activities in course affiliated with SLS initiatives
Poetry @ Tech Pedagogy Grant, Georgia Institute of Technology (September 2016)
$500 grant to incorporate poetry into the classroom
Advanced Teaching Fellowship, Lower Division Studies, Georgia State University (August 2013-July 2015)
Competitive fellowship awarded to students demonstrating excellent teaching and advanced scholarship
Technology @ Georgia State Grant (May 2013)
$26,000 technology grant for The Writing Studio @Georgia State for new iMacs and MacBooks (May 2013)
Bedford/St. Martin's Scholarship, Digital Media and Composition Institute at The Ohio State University (June 2011)
Competitive scholarship awarded to students demonstrating engagement with digital media in the composition classroom
- Committees and Organizations
Faculty Senate, Georgia State University (2019-)
Faculty Affairs Committee
Cultural Diversity Committee
Coordinator, Georgia State University Prison Education Project (2019-)
“‘Ya Got Trouble’: River City, Main Street U.S.A., and Nostalgia in the Imagined Midwest,” The Midwestern Moment: Pieces of the Heartland: Representing Early Twentieth-Century Midwestern Places, edited by Andy Oler, Hastings College Press, pp. 53-68, 2018.
“‘To Stand Shoulder to Shoulder and Heart to Heart’: Politics, Authenticity, Community, and Folk Music in the Recent Work of Bruce Springsteen,” Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music: Rhetoric, Memorial, and Contemporary Culture, edited by William I. Wolff, Routlege, pp. 147-161, 2017.
“‘It’s Not Polite to Talk About Yourself’: Regional Identity and Erasure in the Midwest from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Mad Men.” MidAmerica, volume 41, 2014, pp. 39-61.