• Administrator, Creative Writing Program
  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), English

Research Statement

20th/21st-century U.S. literary and cultural studies, medical/health humanities, and undergraduate research and writing. Specific interest in addiction & recovery, genetics & biomedicalization, illness narratives, life writing, and self-help culture


  • “MUSC Reads” Panel Discussion - Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, Invited Presenter & Panelist Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Presentation, Presented, 03/05/2019.
  • “Dear Data: Data Visualization meets FYC.” Conference on College Composition and Communication Summer Conference (CCCC) 2018, Denver. Conference Paper, Presented, 07/21/2018.
  • “Biomedicine, Risk Society, and the Rhetoric of Community.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference (RSA), Minneapolis. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/2018.
  • “Life Writing and Hereditary Cancer Risk in the Postgenomic Age.” Research and Writing Colloquium, Department of English, College of Charleston. Presentation, Presented, 10/03/2017.
  • “Writing Cancer Risk: A Look at Recent ‘Previvor’ Memoirs.” 2017 International Health Humanities Consortium, Houston. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/2017.
  • “Writing Cancer Risk: A Look at Recent ‘Previvor’ Memoirs.” 2017 International Conference on Narrative, Lexington, KY. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/2017.
  • “Illness Narratives Without Illness.” RSA2016, Atlanta. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/2016.
  • “Illness Narratives Before Illness.” PCA/ACA, Seattle. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/2016.
  • “Immunity, Community, and the Limits of Genre in Eula Biss’s On Immunity: an Inoculation.” PCA/ACA, New Orleans. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/2014.
  • “Disposable Lives: the rhetorical and geographical management of registered sex offenders.” RSA2014, San Antonio. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/2014.


  • Allan G. Borst (2017). Review of Fashion and Fiction: Self-Transformation in Twentieth-Century American Literature by Lauren S. Cardon. Vol. 634. Modern Fiction Studies. Published, 12/2017.
  • Allan G. Borst (2010). "Managing the Crisis: James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces and the Addict-Subject Confession". Cultural Critique. Vol. 75. Published, 04/2010.
  • Allan G. Borst (2009). “Signifyin(g) Afro-Orientalism". Modernism/Modernity. Vol. 164. Published, 11/2009.
  • Allan G. Borst (2008). “Gothic Economics: Violence and Miscegenation in Jean Toomer’s ‘Blood-Burning Moon’.”. Gothic Studies. Vol. 101. Published, 05/2008.
  • Allan G. Borst (2006). “The New Imperialism, or the Economic Logic of Late Postmodernism” (Review of David Harvey’s The New Imperialism). Vol. 162. Postmodern Culture. Published, 01/2006.