Samuel McMillan

Samuel McMillan

Assistant Professor

Professional Profile

Professor McMillan received his PhD in English from the Pennsylvania State University where he trained as a medievalist. Since graduating in 2016, he has worked as a generalist at both Auburn University in Alabama and Buena Vista University in rural Iowa. He has taught on a range of subjects—Chaucer, Shakespeare, British, World, and American Literatures, Science Fiction, Fantasy, the Arthurian Legend, Creative Writing (Fiction and Non-Fiction), Gender and Women’s Studies, Nature Writing, Westerns, and Introductory and Advanced Composition. He especially enjoys developing and teaching within Adventure Literature programs, an interdisciplinary English curriculum that literally places students inside course material by merging classroom instruction and firsthand encounters. In the past, these programs have included offerings such as The Literature of the American Wild, The Chesapeake Bay, Polar Exploration, and The Beach. Professor McMillan’s research interests include authorship and aesthetics as well as horror, the sublime, and graphic novels.


Courses Taught:

  • Adventure Literature
  • Surf Literature
  • Polar Exploration
  • Graphic Novels
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Writing Pulp Fiction (Noir, Horror, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi)
  • Great Works of Western Literature
  • The Horror of Early World Literature
  • Introduction to British Literature
  • Introduction to World Literature
  • The Literature of the American West
  • Unreality in American Literature
  • Introductory and Advanced Composition
  • The Rhetoric of Sustainability
  • Chaucer
  • Shakespeare
  • The Arthurian Legend

Published Articles:

  • “John Lydgate, Stephen Hawes, and the Making of Henry VIII,” English Studies 3 (2021): 281–306.
  • “Trailing an Unreasonable Rose: Authorship in John Lydgate’s Reson and Sensuallyte,” Modern Philology 2 (2018): 95–120.
  • “Talk of the Tavern and Boatmen’s Songs: Authorship in Thomas Hoccleve’s Male Regle.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 40 (2018): 435–46.



  • PhD in English, Pennsylvania State University
  • MA in English, Pennsylvania State University
  • BA in English and Creative Writing, Colgate University

Areas of Research:

  • Authorship and Aesthetics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • Graphic Novels
  • Horror
  • The Sublime
  • Experiential Pedagogy

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Office Hours (On Campus):

  • MWF 11:00 AM–12:45 PM