Dr. Adam Wood Portrait

Dr. Adam Wood

Department Head, Professor of English

  • Ph.D.
    Georgia State University
Dr. Wood is Department Head and Professor of English.  His primary research area is American Literary Naturalism and he has published and presented on authors such as Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, and Cormac McCarthy.  His pedagogical interests, though, expand beyond this periodization into some of the strange places of the 20th century American novel, with previous courses focusing on The Experimental American Novel, Violence in the American Novel, and The Transgressive American Novel.  Dr. Wood also embraces his role as a public intellectual (though he also likes the term “professional contrarian”), having been an invited guest on numerous public radio programs for his perspectives on topics such as literature and politics, freedom of speech and expression, and the current state of the humanities.  Prior to joining VSU in 2021 Dr. Wood was Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Salisbury University.