Mark Bresnan



  • Office Hours:

    MWF 9-10
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Instructor
  • Department:

    • English
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. English, University of Iowa
    • B.A. English, St. Olaf College


Mark Bresnan arrived at Colorado State in Fall 2018 and teaches composition and American literature. He previously taught in Maryland, Minnesota, and New York City. Professor Bresnan has a Ph.D. in contemporary American literature from the University of Iowa and has published articles and essays on work by Philip Roth, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, and Ben Fountain. He lives in Boulder County with his wife and daughter.


Recent Publications

"How Was Your Semester?" Guest post for Just Visiting blog. Inside Higher Ed. December 13, 2018.

“‘Try to Stay Awake’: David Foster Wallace, the Political Media, and John McCain.” The David Foster Wallace Society Blog. September 5, 2018.

“At once distant and very close: The Millions Interviews Bill McKibben.” The Millions. October 17, 2017.

“The Fastest Marathon Ever Run*: Nike’s #Breaking2 Project.” Eephus. August 23, 2017.

“America First: Reading Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America in the Age of Trump.” Los Angeles Review of Books. September 11, 2016.

“’Bluffers and Blowhards’: Speaking of Violence in Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” Violence in Literature. Ed. Stacey Peebles. Critical Insights Series. Armenia, NY: Grey House Publishing/Salem Press, 2014: 168-181.

“’Consistently Original, Perennially Unheard Of’: Punk, Margin, and Mainstream in Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom.” Write in Tune: Contemporary Music and Fiction. Eds. Jeffrey Roessner and Erich Hertz. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014: 31-42.