Associate Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Literature
  • Department:

    • English
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. New York University


Assistant Professor. B.A., English, University of California at Berkeley; M.A., English, San Francisco State University; Ph.D., English Literature, with distinction, New York University.

Professor Sorensen specializes in multi-ethnic American literature, with a primary focus on the 20th century. Before coming to Colorado State University, he taught at Middlebury College, Idaho State University, and the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from New York University and also has an M.A. in literature from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley. He teaches a broad range of multi-ethnic American literature and transnational writing. He has published articles on Zora Neale Hurston, Younghill Kang, Americo Paredes, Kathy Acker and H.P. Lovecraft in a range of venues including American Literature and Modernism/Modernity. He is completing his book, Alternative Modernisms: Genealogies of Critical Multiculturalism, which focuses on multicultural writing from the 1930s. Other research projects include an interest in writing as a technology of identity in the latter half of the 20th century and interconnections between literary experimentation and ethnographic poetics.


  • E422: African American Literature

  • E506B: Survey of 20th Century American Literature