Gregory Dobbins

Gregory Dobbins

Position Title
Associate Professor of English

213 Voorhies Hall

Education and Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Duke University (2002)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1994)

Currently Teaching:

  • 189 - Seminar in Literary Studies
  • 40 - Introductory Topics in Literature

Research Interest(s)

20th-c. Irish and British Literature, Modernism, Postcolonial Theory and Literature, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Marxism, 1970s, Noir, Punk Rock, Extreme Metal, Popular Culture (primarily music and sports).


  • Finalist, ASUCD Excellence in Education Award, 2011
  • Stern Dissertation Fellowship, Duke University, 2001-2002
  • Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Dublin, Ireland, 2000
  • Fullbright Fellowship, Dublin, Ireland, 1997-1998
  • Highest Honors in English, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1994


  • "Retromania, the Canon, the Refusal to Work and the Present: The Crassical Connection" Social Text Periscope (January 2013). 
  • Lazy Idle Schemers: Irish Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Idleness (Field Day Publications of the University of Notre Dame, 2010).
  • “Constitutional Laziness: Flann O’Brien and the Politics of Laziness.”
     Novel: A Forum on Fiction 42:1 (Spring 2009), 86-108.
  • “‘Never a Day’s Work’: Synge and Irish Modernism.” Cambridge Companion to John Miltington Synge. Ed. P.J. Mathews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
  • “Connolly, the Archive, and Method.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 10.1(Jan/Feb 2008): 48-66.
  • "Whenever Green is Red: James Connnolly and Postcolonial Theory." Nepantla: Views from South 1.3(2000), 605-648
  • "Scenes of Tawdry Tribute: Modernism, Tradition, and Connolly" in P. J. Mathews, ed. New Voices in Irish Criticism (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000), 3-12