Dr. Bruce Simon

Dr. Bruce Simon
Dr. Bruce Simon
Associate Professor (Chair-English; Univ Faculty Senator)
Fenton Hall 278

Ph.D., Princeton University

I came to Fredonia's English Department in 1998 from Princeton University (MA and PhD in English) and Hamilton College (AB in English and Math). Except for stints as an instructor and writing tutor at the Princeton Writing Center and as a teaching assistant for Princeton's Department of English (once for Toni Morrison!), along with a year teaching U.S. literatures and American Studies in Fukuoka, Japan, as a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer at Kyushu University, Seinan Gakuin University, and Fukuoka University, I have devoted my career to Fredonia English.

I am currently serving as Department Chairperson and advising Anime Club, Gamers Guild, Hillel, and Japanese Club. I am a past faculty advisor to Amnesty International and the Black Student Union.

My research and teaching interests span the range of U.S. literatures and their intersections with American studies, black studies, critical race/ethnicity studies, and postcolonial studies. Although my primary research focus is on pre-Civil War America, I'm also interested in the history and governance of higher education, the nature of academic and intellectual work, the structure and status of the profession, and the conditions of teaching and learning.

These interests have led me to take an active role in shared governance at Fredonia and across SUNY. I am currently Fredonia's University Faculty Senator on SUNY's University Faculty Senate and serve on the UFS's Governance Committee, the Fredonia University Senate's Executive Committee, and Fredonia's Applied Learning Council. I am a past Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of Fredonia's University Senate and a past chair of the Planning and Budget Committee.

I have also played a leading role in the Fredonia Chapter of United University Professions (the faculty-professionals union for SUNY employees). I have been a member of the chapter's Executive Board for over 15 years and during that stretch have served as the chapter Officer for Contingents, Membership Development Officer, and Vice President for Academics. I have been one of Fredonia's delegates to the statewide UUP Delegate Assembly for just as long and have served on statewide committees on Contingent Employment, the Future of Public Higher Education, Globalization and Corporatization, and Legislation/Outreach.

My essays can be found in such books as Exploring Shared Governance in Higher Education, Vol. 1: Demands, Transitions, Transformations, ed. Sharon Cramer; Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity, and Literature, eds. Amritjit Singh and Peter Schmidt; The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity in the United States, eds. Joan Ferrante and Prince Brown, Jr.; and Race Consciousness: African-American Studies for the New Century, eds. Judith Jackson Fossett and Jeffrey Tucker. I was co-General Editor of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor from 1998 to 2002, where I edited two special issues ("Striking Back: Academic Labor in Action" and "The Prison Issue").

Personal Website

Office Hours

Monday: 11-12
Tuesday: 11-12, 2-3:30
Wednesday: 11-12
Thursday: 11-12, 2-3:30
by appointment

Teaching Interests

U.S. Literatures
American Studies
Black Studies
Critical Race/Ethnicity Studies
Postcolonial Studies
Science Fiction and Fantasy

Research Interests

American Studies
Black Studies
Critical Race/Ethnicity Studies
Higher Education Studies
Postcolonial Studies
Race and American Literature
U.S. Literatures

Professional Membership

  • Modern Language Association
  • Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor

Awards and Honors

  • SUNY Shared Governance Award (2014).
  • Fulbright Lecturing Grant in American Studies (2006).
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (1996).
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship (1994).
  • Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship (1990).