- Ph.D., Literature, University of San Diego, 1986
- B.A., Philosophy and English, Washington University, St. Louis, 1976
Richard Swartz has been a member of the USM faculty since 1991, having previously been at LSU. In addition to regular lower-division courses including ENG 100 College Writing, ENG 140 Reading Literature, ENG 245 Introduction to Literary Studies, he teaches a regular rotation of upper-division courses on Literacy Studies, Romantic Writing, 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.
Romantic literature and culture, critical theory, and cultural studies