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NATHANIEL LANGDON WILLIAMS
363 Voorhies Hall, University of California, Davis
- Lecturer, University of California, Davis, 2012-present
- Postdoctoral/Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas, 2005-2012
- Graduate Research Assistant (Susan K. Harris’s God’s Arbiters manuscript), 2010
- Adjunct Instructor of English, Kansas City Kansas Community College, 2010-2011
- AboutSF Program Coordinator, 2007-2009
- Instructor of English, Missouri Valley College, 2003-2005
- Technical Writer / On-Site Software Trainer, Covansys (now CSC), 1997-2004
- Product Manager, BHA Group Inc. (now General Electric), 1996-1997
SELECTED ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS
- “War Machines and Child Geniuses: American Edisonades.” The Cambridge History of Science Fiction. Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link (eds.) (book chapter, forthcoming)
- “Dreiser, Dey, and the Dime-Novel Detective Tradition.” The Centrality of Crime Fiction in American Literary Culture. Alfred Bendixen and Olivia Carr Edenfield (eds.), New York: Routledge, 2017: 53-74 (book chapter).
- “George Lippard’s Fragile Utopian Future and 1840s American Economic Turmoil.” Utopian Studies 24.2 (2013): 166-83.
- “Reconstructing Biblical History: Garrett P. Serviss, Pauline Hopkins, and Technocratic Exploration Novels.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 34.4 (September 2012): 323-40.
- “Frank Reade, Jr., in Cuba: Dime-Novel Technology, U.S. Imperialism, and the ‘American Jules Verne.'” American Literature 83.2 (June 2011): 279-303.
SELECTED FICTION PUBLICATIONS
- “River Styx Leads to Athens” (short story), Sockdolager, Summer 2016
- “Have You Seen Lucky?” (short story), Abyss & Apex, April 2014
- “Eyesores” (short story), Perihelion, December 2013.
- “The Return of Old Warpaint” (short story), Bronies (original anthology) Ed. L. Lambert Lawson. Kazka Press, 2012.
- “Tenientes” (short story), Fantasy Magazine, February 2010.
- “End of the Punch Line” (short story), Poor Mojo’s Almanac(k), February 2010.
- “Rural Suburban” (short story), 10 Flash Quarterly (1:3), January 2010.
- “Relics of Interesting Times” (short story), Footprints (original anthology) Ed. Jay Lake and Eric T. Reynolds. Hadley Rille Books, 2009.
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
- Quarry Farm Fellowship, Center for Mark Twain Studies, Elmira College, 2017
- Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Award, UC Davis, 2015
- Honorable Mention, Norman Foerster Prize for Best Essay in American Literature, 2011
- Horatio Alger Fellowship in American Popular Culture, Northern Illinois University Libraries, 2011
- Finalist, Marnie and Bill Argersinger Prize for Outstanding Dissertation, KU, 2011
- Anne Marie Turner Award (for Outstanding Research in U.S. Literature), KU, 2010
- Outstanding Instructor Award, KU Department of English, 2009
- James E. Gunn Award for Science Fiction Writing, 2008, 2007
- PDA Quarterly Pride Award (Technical Writing, Bayer HomeHealth Project), 2001
SELECTED CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS
- “American C19 SF: Methodologies for the ‘Poe-Gernsback Gulf.'” Special Session on Recovering 19th-Century American Science Fiction. Science Fiction Research Association Conference, University of California, Riverside. June 30, 2017.
- “Albert Bigelow Paine and Anna Adolph’s Polar Utopias: Gender, Faith, and Technocracy,” American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, May 2016.
- “Boy Inventors and Jewish Giants: Biblical Literalism in 19th-Century Technocratic Dime Novels,” American Literature Association, Symposium on “God and the American Writer,” San Antonio, TX , Feb. 2015.
- “Re-imagining Twain’s Talking-Dog Sentimentalism in 21st-Century Speculative Fiction.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), May 2013.
- “Retro-Futurism in Context: Buddy Holly as Science-Fiction Metaphor.” SFRA/Eaton Conference, University of California-Riverside, 2013.
- “Martí, Maceo, and Gómez as Dime-Novel Action Heroes, 1895-1898.” American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, May 2012.
- “U.S. Expansionism and the Editorship of Luis Senarens.” Horatio Alger Society Conference, Northern Illinois University, May 2012.
- “Sam and Orion’s Journey to the Center of Religious Doubt; or, Twain vs. Verne.” The Clemens Conference, Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal, MO, Aug 2011.
- “From ‘Used Up’ Man to Steam Man: Prosthetic Technology and U.S. Imperialism in Poe and Ellis.” 2011 Eaton Science Fiction Conference, University of California-Riverside, Feb 2011.
- “Teaching Poe’s Anti-Technocratic Perspective.” American Literature Association (Special Session on “Teaching Poe in the Digital Age”), San Francisco, CA, May 2010.
- “‘Re-Bop, Mop’: The R&B Heart of Langston Hughes’s Be-Bop Montage.” National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations (Black Music Culture Area), St. Louis, MO, Apr 2010.
- Ph.D. in English, University of Kansas
- M.A. in English, Truman State University
- B.A. in Communication (minor in International Studies), Truman State University
ORGANIZATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
- Modern Language Association
- C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
- Mark Twain Circle
- Science Fiction Research Association
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
- BMI (Registered Songwriter)