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Mitch Murray Post Doctoral Fellow


Mitch R. Murray is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Emory Department of English. He earned his PhD in English at the University of Florida, where he also coordinated the Working Group for the Study of Critical Theory.

His teaching and research interests include contemporary literature, speculative fiction, utopia, critical theory, and comics studies. At Emory, he teaches First-Year Writing courses in the Writing Program and English courses on literary worldbuilding and utopia. His classes focus on how the creative practices of reading and writing can make us better readers, and creators, of our shared reality.

He recently co-edited William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture with Mathias Nilges. Gathering leading scholars plus breakout novelists Charles Yu and Malka Older, their book demonstrates Gibson’s extensive impact on literary history and culture of the past 40 years. Murray’s other recent publications appear in ASAP/Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, and Science Fiction Film & Television. He is currently working on a monograph titled The Art of Genre, which explores the convergence of the artist novel and speculative fiction in contemporary literature, and is co-editing “Genres of Empire,” a special issue of College Literature.


  • B.A., Saint Francis Xavier University
  • Ph.D., University of Florida


William Gibson and the Future Contemporary Cultures s of