Shelley  Rees

Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, Professor of English, Coordinator of Language and Literature, Director of Undergraduate Research

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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. 19th-Century British Literature University of North Texas 2002


While remaining devoted to the Romantic poets she studied in graduate school, Dr. Shelley Rees also enjoys researching and teaching popular culture texts, particularly television and video games. In addition to teaching in the Department of English and the IDS program, Dr. Rees serves as Science & Arts' Director of Undergraduate Research and supervisor of its secondary English certification program. She usually has too many pets.

Research, Presentations & Publications

  • Posthumanist Ethics in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: Empathy, Moral Responsibility, and Non-Human Animals. Southwest Popular and American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 2019.
  • “The Queer and the Dead: Transgressive Sexuality in Shaun of the Dead.” The Laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film from Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland. Rowman & Littlefield Press, June 2016.
  • “The Closet and the Tomb: Undeath as Repressed Homoeroticism in Thomas Lovell Beddoes’s Death’s Jest-Book.” Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2016.
  • “Women Students and The Lord of the Rings: Showing Them Where They Fit In." Approaches to Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Other Works. Modern Language Association, November 2015.
  • “It’s Alive! Penny Dreadful as Palimpsestic Creature,” Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2015.
  • Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000: Critical Approaches. Ed. and Intro. Scarecrow Press, May 2013
  • “Frontier Values Meet Big City Zombies: The Old West in AMC’s The Walking Dead.” Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier. Scarecrow Press, August 2012.
  • “Alienation and the Dialectics of History in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.” With Thomas Connelly. Slayage: Journal of the Whedon Studies Association. 8.2: 30/31. Summer/Fall 2010.
  • “Monsters, Ghosts, and UFOs: The Selling Out of Educational Television Channels.” Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2010.
  • “The Brides’ Tragedy and the Myth of Cupid and Psyche.” The
    Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Ashgate Press, September 2007: 193-206.