• Adjunct Professor of Communication, Communication
  • Professor, English

Research Keywords

  • Theories of Space and Place
  • Popular Culture and Critical Theory;
  • Literature of the American West
  • Environmental Writing
  • Ecocriticism
  • Critical Regionalism


  • "Lipstick Traces: The Problem of Allegory in *Dreamland*". Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/27/2018.
  • "Toward a Critical Archaeology of Homelessness in the U.S. West." . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/27/2017.
  • "The Look of/at Death: Charles Bowden and Alicia Leora Briggs's *Dreamland*." . Conference Paper, Presented, 09/23/2016.
  • "Soundtracks of Vagabondage" Plenary panel on the writing and music of Willy Vlautin at the Western Literature Association annual conference, Reno NV, 10/ 16/2015. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/16/2015.
  • "Cryptonymy and Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses. Western Literature Association annual conference. Victoria, B.C. (Canada). Conference Paper, Presented, 11/06/2014.
  • "Environmental Humanities: Perspectives and Needs." Symposium: Preparing for Post-Collapse?: Implementing Environmental Humanities. University of Zurich (Switzerland). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/20/2014.
  • "Spectralization of the Local and Regional." University of Zurich (Switzerland). Symposium Preparing for Post-Collapse?: Implementing Environmental Humanities. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/17/2014.
  • "The Labor of the Dead: Bolaño and Bowden on the Border." Letters & Science Distinguished Speaker Series. Montana State University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/27/2014.
  • "Digital Reality and the Question of Affection." Invited talk at "The Future of Environmental Humanities" symposium, U. of Washington. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2013.
  • "The Labor of the Dead." Presentation at annual meeting of Western Literature Association, Berkeley, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2013.
  • "Cryptonymy and All the Pretty Horses." Presented at annual meeting of Cormac McCarthy Society, Berea College (KY). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2013.
  • "Spectral Seeds of Time." Western Literature Association annual conference. November 9, 2012. Lubbock, TX. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/09/2012.
  • "Cormac McCarthy, Roberto Bolano, and the Natural History of Destruction." Invited Talk at U. of California Santa Cruz. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/24/2012.
  • "In the Remington Moment." Panhandle Plains Historical Museum and Dept. of English, West Texas A & M, Canyon, TX. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/29/2012.
  • "In the Remington Moment." Invited Lecture at the University of Oklahoma, Charles M. Russell Center for Western Art. November 11, 2010. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/11/2010.
  • "No Country for Old Men, 2666, and 'Affective Marginalities.'. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/22/2010.


  • Stephen Tatum (2018). "Unhomely Wests, a Critical Archaeology". Western American Literature. Vol. 53, 31-44. Published, 06/15/2018.
  • Morta Las Vegas. Coauthored ms. with Nathaniel Lewis, St. Michael's College (Vermont). Published University of Nebraska Press, Fall 2017. 94K Words. Published, 10/15/2017.
  • "Soundtracks of Vagabondage," trans. as Colonne sonore di vagabondaggi, Iperstoria: Testi Letterature Linguaggi (Summer 2016): 73-76. Published, 06/19/2016.
  • "New Urban Wests." In The Cambridge History of Western American Literature. Ed. Susan Kollin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015: 345-61. Published, 12/15/2015.
  • "Cryptonymy, Revenants, and All the Pretty Horses. In Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses. Ed. Rick Wallach. Miami: Cormac McCarthy Society, 2014, pp. 274-97. Vol. 3 of the Cormac McCarthy Casebook Series. Published, 05/15/2014.
  • "From Blood Simple to True Grit: A Conversation About the Coen Brothers' Cinematic West." Western American Literature 48.3 (Fall 2013): 312-40. Published, 11/2013.
  • "Cryptonymy, Revenants, and All the Pretty Horses. In Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses. Ed. Rick Wallach. Vol. 3 of the Cormac McCarthy Casebook Series. Book chapter. Accepted. Accepted, 11/2013.
  • "Morta Las Vegas." Western American Literature 46 (Winter 2012): 400-27. Published, 02/2012.
  • “Mercantile Ethics”: No Country for Old Men and the Narcocorrido." In Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, the Road. Ed. Sara Spurgeon. London and New York: Continuum, 2010: 77-93. Published, 08/04/2011.
  • "Tumbling Dice: The Problem of Las Vegas." In A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West. Ed. Nicolas S. Witschi. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011: 528-46. Published, 05/06/2011.
  • In the Remington Moment (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. Published, 06/01/2010.