Everyday Fictions

Writing by Adam Golub

Latest words:

Reading the Monster and Its Moment,Pedagogy and American Literary Studies

Making Context Matter: American Studies and the Connecting Imagination,The Society of Americanists Review

The Lizard,Indicia: A Journal Curating Literary Arts


Kingswell & Vermont, Los Angeles

Kingswell & Vermont, Los Angeles

I am a writer and American Studies professor who lives in Southern California. I teach courses on literature, popular culture, music, childhood, and monsters at California State University, Fullerton, and I am developing a new class on creative work in American Studies. I also direct the M.A. program in American Studies at CSUF. I am co-editor, with Heather Richardson Hayton, of Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us (McFarland, 2017), which explores ways of using monsters to teach literature, film, religion, philosophy, art history, and other subjects. My short stories have appeared in Linden Avenue Literary Journal, IndiciaThe Bookends Review, Pulp Literature, and elsewhere. My unpublished collection of literary short fiction, Genuine Natural Color: Stories, recently earned honorable mention in the 2018 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, and I was a semifinalist in the 2018 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. I have also published academic articles on 1950s film and literature (ask me anything about The Blackboard Jungle or Good Morning, Miss Dove), the history of U.S. education, zombie culture, and the teaching of American Studies, and my essays on literature and culture have been featured on the Forbes.com “Booked” blog. I earned my B.A. in English from Vassar College, M.A.T. in English from Boston College, and Ph.D. in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

I am at work on my first novel, which tells the story of two distant and very different adult siblings trying to find a way to connect after their mother passes away. Nate is a withdrawn college professor who teaches composition in Orange County. His sister Audrey is a dreamer who floats from job to job and makes poor dating decisions. Neither of them feels like they've got adulthood figured out just yet, and now they are the only family they have left. The story takes place in the course of a weekend, as Nate and Audrey end up on a road trip to Big Bear Lake to retrieve a valuable stolen David Bowie record from a would-be fashion entrepreneur. My manuscript was a semifinalist for the 2018 University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab prize.

I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in New Jersey, where I spent much of my time writing stories, running cross country, and playing keyboard and composing songs for a rock band whose gigs ranged from middle school dances to CBGB. For five years, I taught high school English and History at boarding schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. On the college level, I've taught American Studies and Cultural Studies at UC Davis, Education Studies at Guilford College (where I worked with future high school history and English teachers), and American Studies and Rhetoric and Composition at The University of Texas at Austin. I currently teach in the American Studies department at Cal State Fullerton. If you want to learn more about my teaching and my academic work, you can visit my faculty web page

My scholarship has been published in a variety of journals, including Film and History, American Quarterly, The Journal of Transnational American StudiesHybrid Pedagogy, TransformationsQuarterly Horse, The Society of Americanists Review, and Anthropology Now. Over the years, I have presented my research at the American Historical Association, the Society for the History of Children and Youth, the American Educational Research Association, the American Studies Association, the Popular Culture Association, and Comic-Con International, among other venues.  


In 2018, I was named a Quarter-Finalist in the Nimrod Literary Awards Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, for my story "Lone Pine.” In 2016, I was named first runner up in Pulp Literature’s Raven Short Story Contest, and I have earned honorable mention in the New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction contest three times. Over the past few years, I have participated in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, the Yale Writers' Conference, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the UCLA Extension Writers Studio.

In 2018, I received the CSUF College of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Legacy Award for Innovations in Pedagogy.

contact: agolub70@gmail.com