Adam Golub

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800 N. State College Blvd., GH-313, Fullerton, CA 92831

Adam  Golub, Ph.D.

Professor and Graduate Advisor

Read the latest issue of the M.A. Program NewsletterPDF File Opens in new window (featuring student accomplishments and department news). Here's the 2015 issuePDF File of the M.A. Program Newsletter. Read the 2014 issue herePDF File Opens in new window .  

Watch this videoOpens in new window  to learn more about the American Studies department culture.

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Ph.D., American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

M.A.T., English, Boston College

B.A., English, Vassar College

Research Areas

popular culture; monsters and horror; history of childhood, youth, and education; creativity and expressive forms; globalization of American culture 



Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us, edited by Adam Golub and Heather Richardson Hayton, McFarland, 2017.


"Monsters in the Classroom: Teaching Can Be a ScreamOpens in new window ," CSUF News Service, August 1, 2017.

"Zombies and the Professor Who Teaches Them," Yes Weekly, June 27, 2017.

Book Chapters

"Locating Monsters: Space, Place, and Monstrous Geographies," in Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us, ed. Golub and Hayton. 

"Introduction: Monstrous Pedagogies," co-authored with Heather Richardson Hayton, in Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us ed. Golub and Hayton.

Journal Articles

"Criminal Crossovers: The Cultural Work of Fictionalized True Crime," Crime Fiction Studies, forthcoming.

"Engaging Fan Cultures: What Students Learn When They Study Fans"PDF File Opens in new window ,” co-authored with Ashley Loup, Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 16:2 (November 2019).

"Making Context Matter: American Studies and the Connecting ImaginationOpens in new window ," The Society of Americanists Review 1:1 (Fall 2018): 113-133.

"Stomping the Undead: A Blues Theory of Zombie CultureOpens in new window ," Quarterly Horse: A Journal of [brief] American Studies 1.3 (Spring 2017). 

Zombie Companies and Corporate SurvivorsPDF File Opens in new window ,” co-authored with Carrie M. Lane, Anthropology NOW 7:2 (September 2015): 47-54. 

“Solving the School Crisis in Popular Culture: Why Johnny Can’t Read Turns 60,”Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics, 2.1 (April 2015): 4-20.

"All I Needed to Know About College Teaching I Learned as a High School TeacherOpens in new window ,"Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology, September 15, 2013. 

“John Dewey vs. The Terrible Miss Dove: Frances Gray Patton’s Postwar Schoolmarm and the Cultural Work of Nostalgia,” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 23:1 (Spring/Summer 2012): 37-57.

"A Transnational Tale of Teenage Terror: The Blackboard Jungle in Global Perspective,"Red Feather: An International Journal of Children’s Visual Culture 3:1 (March 2012): 1-10.    

     Reprinted in The Journal of Transnational American Studies Opens in new window 6:1 (2015)

“'They Turned a School Into a Jungle!': How The Blackboard Jungle Redefined the Education Crisis in Postwar America,” Film and History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies 39:1 (Spring 2009): 21-30.

“We Are What We Teach: American Studies in the K-16 Classroom,” American Quarterly 60:2 (June 2008): 443-454. 

Creative Work

"True Faith," Drunk Monkeys, forthcoming

"Burning Down the House," Atticus Review,  forthcoming

"Genuine Natural ColorOpens in new window ," Linden Avenue Literary Journal 72 (May 2018).

"The LizardOpens in new window ," Indicia: A Journal Curating Literary Arts 2.2 (Winter/Spring 2018).

"The Pool Guy," Pulp Literature 15 (Summer 2017): 121-130. 

"The Flute CaseOpens in new window ," The Bookends Review, February 17, 2017. Selected for the Best of 2017 Print Anthology. 

"DownwardOpens in new window ," 101 Fiction, October 30, 2016.

"Dry SpellPDF File Opens in new window ," The Sirens Call 21 (June 2015): 46-49. 

Public Writing 

"Creativity and American StudiesOpens in new window ," American Studies blog, February 27, 2021.

"Reading the Monster and Its MomentOpens in new window ," Pedagogy and American Literary Studies blog, October 22, 2018.

"To Understand Us, Look at MonstersOpens in new window ," Orange County Register, October 29, 2014. 

"Teaching Childhood Through Myth and Counter-Memory," Guest post for SHCYHOME.ORG, website of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, September 9, 2013.  

Teaching American Studies as a Habit of MindOpens in new window ,” Encyclopedia of American Studies, ed. Simon Bronner, Online Forum 3, "Teaching American Studies: Four Perspectives," (2012).

American Adolescent: Holden Caulfield and the Culture of Not Growing UpOpens in new window ,”, January 30, 2010.

Lessons From the Blackboard JungleOpens in new window ,” Education Week, 25:4 (21 September 2005): 39-40.
     Reprinted as “Misunderstood Youth,” Teacher Magazine 17:3 (1 November 2005): 40-42.

Professional Blogging

From 2009 to 2013, I contributed essays to the American Studies blog "...and everyday lifeOpens in new window ." 

From 2010-2011, I contributed essays on literature and culture to the "Booked: Reading UnboundOpens in new window " blog. 

Book Reviews

Katherine Anderson Howell, ed. Fandom as Classroom Practice: A Teaching Guide , in Transformative Works and Culture, Vol. 31 (2019).

Leo Braudy, Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural World PDF File , in American Literary History Online Reviews, Series XVI (2018).

Karen J. Renner, Evil Children in the Popular Imagination, in Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 11:2 (Spring 2018): 265-267.

Marilyn Irvin Holt, Cold War Kids: Politics and Childhood in Postwar America, 1945-1960 Opens in new window , in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 46:1 (Summer 2015): 136-137. 

Patrick B. Sharp, Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture, in Journal of American Ethnic History 34:2 (Winter 2015): 124-125.

Scott M. Gelber, The University and the People: Envisioning American Higher Education in an Era of Populist Protest Opens in new window , in American Studies 53:1 (2014), 215-216.

Neil Miller, Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society’s Crusade Against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil, in  Journal of American History 2011 (98): 544-545.

Solving the Dewey ProblemOpens in new window .”  Review of Lee Benson, Ira Harkavy, and John Puckett, Dewey’s Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Reform, H-Childhood, H-Net Reviews, December 2007.  

The OTHER Other FiftiesOpens in new window .” Review of Alison J. Clarke, Tupperware: The Promise of Plastic in 1950s America, H-Amstdy, H-Net Reviews, January, 2003.

Other Scholarly Work

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

2019 Explore Core Course Development Award, CSUF, 2019
2018  Faculty Legacy Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity and Innovations in Pedagogy, CSUF
2016  Dean's Research Award for Associate Professors, CSUF 
2015  Recognition of Extraordinary and Sustained Service, CSUF
2011  Teacher Scholars Award for Exceptional Teaching Effectiveness, CSUF
2010  Award for Achievement in Scholarly and Creative Activities, CSUF
2009  CSU, Special Fund for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
2008  CSU, Special Fund for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
2007  HSSC/Haynes Research Stipend on Los Angeles and Southern California History
2005  Freeman Asian Studies Grant, Faculty development trip to Japan
2002  Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education
2001  University Continuing Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin

Literary Honors

Semifinalist, University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab Prize, 2018

Semifinalist, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, Carve Magazine, for "Lone Pine," 2018

Honorable Mention, 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest, for Genuine Natural Color: Stories 

Finalist, 45th New Millennium Award for Fiction, for "The Silver Lake Bandit," 2018

Selection, Best of 2017, The Bookends Review, for "The Flute Case"

First Runner-Up, Raven Short Story Contest, Pulp Literature, for "The Pool Guy," 2016

Honorable Mention, 40th New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction, for "Lone Pine," 2015

Honorable Mention, 38th New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction, for "The Pool Guy," 2013

Invited Lectures and Public Talks

“Zombies Are Us: The Undead and our Imagined Community,” Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series, California State University, Fullerton, October 2018

“Making Sense of Monsters: Pedagogy, Collaboration, Creativity,” CSUF American Studies Graduate-Faculty Colloquium, October 2015

“American Youth Culture in the 1950s: On the Road and Around the World,” Teaching American History Grant workshop, Huntington Library, San Marino, California, January 2013

“John Dewey vs. the Terrible Miss Dove: Education and Popular Culture in Postwar America,” CSUF American Studies Graduate-Faculty Colloquium, November 2011

"The American Studies Habit of Mind," Pedagogical Keynote Address, The American Studies Institute, The Lovett School, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2010

“Danger! They’re After Our Schools! Education, Popular Culture, and the Cold War,” CSUF American Studies Graduate-Faculty Colloquium, November 2008 

Conference Presentations

"Creative Work as Equipment for Living," Northeast Modern Language Association, virtual conference, March 2021

Discussant, “The Informal Educator: The Varied Educational Functions of Twentieth Century Popular Culture, 1920-1985, History of Education Society, virtual conference, November 2020

"America's Shadow Self: The Cultural Work of the Doppelganger in Contemporary Literature and Film," Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, April 2020

"Monsters on Screen: American Culture and the Monstrous," Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival, September 2016 

"Teaching Comics as Literature in the University Classroom," Comic Arts Conference, Comic-Con International, San Diego, July 2016

“From Sleepy Hollow to the Shopping Mall: Space, Place, and Monster Pedagogy,” Monstrous Geographies Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, March 2015

“Solving the Education Crisis in Popular Culture: A Cultural History of Why Johnny Can’t Read,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Washington, D.C., March 2013

“Cultivating the American Studies Habit of Mind,” California American Studies Association, Long Beach, April 2010

Chair and comment, “Visions and Revisions: How to Build a High School American Studies Program, “American Studies Association, Albuquerque, October 2008

“’Danger!  They’re After Our Schools!’: Education and Politics in Postwar Pasadena,” American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., January 2008

“Teaching the American Studies Habit of Mind,” American Studies Association, Philadelphia, October 2007

“American Studies and the Transnational Classroom,” American Studies Association, Oakland, CA, October 2006

“Secondary School Partnerships at a Small Liberal Arts College,” North Carolina Teacher Education Forum, Raleigh, September 2006

“From The Blackboard Jungle to Battle Royale: Gakkyu Hokai (“Classroom Collapse”) in Japan,” American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., November 2005

“Japan’s Blackboard Jungle: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Youth Violence,” Society for the History of Children and Youth, Milwaukee, August 2005

Chair and comment, “American Studies and Composition,” American Studies Association, Atlanta, November 2004

“Is Your School a Blackboard Jungle?": Mass Culture and Education Reform in Postwar America,” American Studies Association, Hartford, October 2003

“Excitement, then Sociology: Marketing The Blackboard Jungle in 1950s America,” American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 2003

“Reforming the 'Soft' Curriculum: Manliness and Education in the Cold War,” American Studies Association, Houston, November 2002

“The Blues as Matrix: Using the Blues to Teach Writing in the Computer Classroom,” Computers and Writing, Fort Worth, TX, May 2000

“Pullman Lessons: Railroads, Race, and Education at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” American Studies Association, Montreal, October 1999

“Everybody's Protest Song: Gender Erasure in Invisible Man and Louis Armstrong's 'Black and Blue',” Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore, April 1998

Student Mentoring

Faculty Sponsor, Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program, CSUF, Awarded to Corrigan Vaughan, 2012-2013

MA Thesis Committees

Christina Brown, "Shaping the Story: The Poetry, Television, and Dance of the #MeToo Movement," completed Spring 2020 (CHAIR)

Susan Mitchell, “The Shadows of Assimilation: Narratives and Legacies of the Carlisle Indian Boarding School, 1879-1918,” completed Summer 2017

Sukeinah Kassir, "Missions in Miniature: Cultural Constructions of California's Mission Past," completed Summer 2014 (CHAIR)

Ekaterina Kuzmina, "Russians in Post-Cold War American Films: Still a Foe or a Friend-to-Be? Looking for a Cultural Reset," completed Spring 2014

Yvonne England, "A Punk Practice: The Development of Punk Political Activism, 1974-2000," completed Spring 2013 (CHAIR)

Ian Barraza, "Lend Me Your Ears: Attending to Deaf Culture and the Maneuverability of Identity," completed Spring 2013. *Winner of CSUF 2012 Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award

Jason Cannon, "George Orwell's Animal Farm in the Post-Soviet Union Era," completed Spring 2012

Matt Glassman, "The Ball Don't Lie: Cultural Tension and the Commodification of Hip-Hop Authenticity in the 1990s NBA," completed Spring 2010

MA Comprehensive Exam

I prepare students in the following areas: Institutions and Ideals; Consumption and Leisure; The National and the Global. Alternative Fields: Literature and Culture; Creativity and Expressive Forms; Monsters and Horror

Office Hours

Via Zoom (email me for a link): Mondays 1:00 to 2:00, Tuesdays 11:00 to 12:00, and by appointment

Grad Advising Hours (for all M.A. students and prospective students): Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30, and by appointment

Course Schedule

AMST 300, Introduction to American Popular Culture, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15

AMST 420, Childhood and Family in American Culture, Mondays, 4:00-6:45



Welcome to my faculty web page. I am professor and graduate advisor for the M.A. program in American Studies at Cal State Fullerton. I am a U.S. cultural historian whose research and teaching interests include popular culture, literature and culture, monsters and horror, and the history of childhood and education. I also write fiction and am interested in creative work in American Studies. A little about me: I was born in Philadelphia, grew up in New Jersey, went to college in New York, taught high school English and History in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, wrote ESL textbooks in Boston, went to graduate school in Texas, taught American Studies at UC Davis, taught Education Studies at Guilford College in North Carolina, and landed at Cal State in 2007.