Department of English

Rick Swartz

Associate Professor of English
Rick Swartz

Office Location

422 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2022

Please email for an appointment.



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Literature, University of San Diego, 1986
  • B.A., Philosophy and English, Washington University, St. Louis, 1976


Rick Swartz has been a member of the USM faculty since 1991, having previously taught at LSU. He teaches upper-division courses on English Romantic Writing and Culture, Victorian Gothic, Ghost Stories, Theories of the Uncanny, and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. He has published on Romantic travel writing, Romantic autobiography, the history of copyright law, and the concept of the uncanny.

Research Interests

English Romantic literature and culture, the Anglo-American ghost story, and Post-Apocalyptic fiction.