Craig Svonkin

Craig Svonkin

Topics:

Art/Fine Arts, Literature and Theatre, Pop Culture, Rhetoric, Writing

Expertise:

American literature, American poetry, American film (amusement parks, Disney, Lucas, fantasy, science fiction, comics), American popular culture, Children's literature and culture (Disney, Harry Potter, children’s fantasy, children’s poetry, children’s film, animation).


Degree: Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor

Department: English

Email: csvonkin@msudenver.edu

Alternate Email: svonkin@netzero.com

Office Phone: 303-615-1313

Alternate Phone: 626-354-7526

Interviewed by: KPCC (Pasadena, CA), WBUR (Boston), KVCR, "Air Talk with Larry Mantle" (KPCC), "On Point with Tom Ashbrook" (NPR), The Denver Post, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), The Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA), The Telegraph (UK), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Biography:

Craig Svonkin, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His expertise is in amusement parks and children’s literature.

In addition to teaching, Svonkin is an executive director of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. He has quite a few publications including “A Southern California Boyhood in the Simu-Southland Shadows of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” published in the Disneyland and Culture: Essays on the Parks and Their Influence journal and “From Disneyland to Modesto: George Lucas and Walt Disney,” chapter 3 in Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology. Svonkin has also done many presentations including “Theorizing Multicultural and Multiethnic Children’s Fantasy” at the Children’s Literature Association Conference in 2008 and “Muggles & Giants & House-Elves, Oh My!: Harry Potter, Liberalism, and Evil” at the National Popular Culture Association Conference in 2003.

Svonkin is often called upon to share his expertise on pop culture topics related to amusement parks, Disney, Sesame Street and The Muppets. He is a member of Children’s Literature Association, Modern Language Association, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, American Studies Association, Popular Culture Association and Oceanic Popular Culture Association.  His research interests include American literature, children’s literature; and American film and visual culture.

Svonkin received his doctorate in English from University of California, Riverside in 2008, a masters in English from California State University, Los Angeles in 1997 and a bachelor’s in English from University of Southern California in 1986.