William Kuskin
Professor • Chair of the English Department

Office: Muenzinger D110A

William Kuskin is chair of the department.

Dr. Kuskin served in the Office of the Provost from 2014-2019, ultimately as Vice Provost for Academic Innovation. In that role he created the Office of Academic Innovation and the Office of Global Engagement. Prior to that, he was Chair of the Department of English.

Dr. Kuskin has over two decades experience in digital education. He has taught in all digital formats from distance education, through online courses, to massive open online courses. In 2013 he launched the MOOC, “Comic Books and Graphic Novels,” which ultimately served over seventy-thousand students and which received special mention by Coursera for its innovative delivery of humanities material. In 2016 he created a MOOC on Public Speaking, and in 2019 oversaw the launch of the University of Colorado Boulder’s revolutionary MS in Electrical Engineering on the Coursera platform.

A tenured, full professor, Dr. Kuskin’s research area is the history of the book. He has written and edited books and articles on William Caxton, the emergence of printing in the fifteenth century, the transition from the Middle Ages to Modernity, comic books, and online pedagogy. He contributes to Inside Higher Education and writes an occasional blog on motorcycling. His work in the classroom has garnered awards from both the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.

Dr. Kuskin majored in English and Psychology at Vassar College (class of ’87) and received his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (’97). He was a University of Warwick Exchange Fellow in 1995, a Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in 2000, and a 2006 NEH research grant awardee.

Areas of Specialty

  • Literary Theory
  • Medieval Literature
  • Popular Culture, Film, Digital Media
  • Renaissance Literature