Dr. Mark David Kaufman is a full-time faculty member in the Department of English and Communication at Alvernia University, where he teaches a wide range of courses in both composition and literature. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Tufts University, as well as a Master of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Colorado State University. Kaufman has presented papers at international conferences in North America, Great Britain, Ireland, and the Czech Republic, and his scholarship has appeared in a number of journals, including Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Hypermedia Joyce Studies, the Public Domain Review, and the European Journal of American Studies.
Kaufman’s primary research interests focus on British and Irish Modernism. In particular, the works of James Joyce have long held a fascination for him. His M.A. thesis, Roll Away the Reel World: James Joyce, Visual Textuality, and the Art of Motion Pictures, was a national finalist for the Western Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Award (2003). In recent years, he has cultivated an interest in the intersection of law and literature, especially as it pertains to the discord between government secrecy and freedom of expression. He is currently at work on a book project, tentatively titled Secret States: Modernism, Espionage, and the Official Secrets Act, which examines the problematic recruitment of writers into the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) through literary texts, memoirs, and recently declassified government documents housed in the UK National Archives in Kew.
When he is not writing, teaching, or grading papers, Kaufman enjoys traveling, drawing, and playing the Irish tin whistle.
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