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



I am a writer and American Studies professor who lives in Southern California. I teach courses on literature, popular culture, creative expression, music, childhood, and monsters at California State University, Fullerton. 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 My unpublished collection of literary short fiction, Genuine Natural Color: Stories, recently earned honorable mention in the 2018 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, and I was a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 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 track and 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 coached cross country at boarding schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Before coming to Cal State Fullerton, I taught American Studies and Cultural Studies at UC Davis, Education Studies at Guilford College (where I worked with future high school teachers), and American Studies and Rhetoric and Composition at The University of Texas at Austin.

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. If you want to learn more about my teaching and my academic work, you can visit my faculty web page.   


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

contact: agolub70@gmail.com