Jeff Osborne


Jeff Osborne

Jeff Osborne

Professor of English

"Every class is a mini-revolution in potential. The best moments in a semester are those when we hear the questions a text poses to us in the provocative way that texts speak, the moments when we — all involved — confront our own limitations and must seek out ways to overcome them. My goal in the courses I teach is to create a classroom environment in which the questions literature asks us can be heard in such a way that we can effectively respond to them."


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • M.A., Radford University
  • B.A., Radford University

Highlighted Publications

  • "Constituting American Masculinity." American Studies Journal 49.1-2 (Fall 2008).
  • "Benjamin Franklin and the Rhetoric of Virtuous Self-Fashioning." Literature & History 17.2 (2008). 
  • "American Antipathy and the Cruelties of Citizenship in Letters from an American Farmer." Early American Literature 42.3 (2007).

Courses Taught

Areas of Specialization

  • Early American Literature
  • Humanities

Awards and Distinctions

  • Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence, Spring 2009 

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