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Roger Bresnahan

Retired Professor
Office: 278 Bessey Hall, 201A International Center

Research Areas

Cultural Rhetorics 


Roger Bresnahan’s scholarship has ranged from studies of critical theory, autobiography, cultural rhetorics, and as a result of his 1977-78 Fulbright in the Philippines, a large body of work on Philippine literature and on American colonialism in the Philippines. In more recent years he has worked on Midwestern literature and since becoming MSU’s Fulbright adviser in 2011, the rhetoric of grant applications. With Professor Emeritus of Sociology David Wiley he has recently offered a course on International Social Science Research addressed to doctoral students.


PhD., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1974

Representative Work

 “The Implied Readers of Booker T. Washington’s Autobiographies.” Black American Literature Forum, 1980.

In Time of Hesitation: American Anti-Imperialists and the Philippine-American War. Quezon City: New Day, 1981.

Conversations with Filipino Writers. Quezon City: New Day, 1990.

“The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and “Asian American Literature.” two entries published in Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, vol. 2. Indiana University Press, 2016

Selected Courses Taught

ATL 125: American Racial and Ethnic
WRA 130: Writing: American Radical Thought
ANP 825: International Research

Research or Academic Affiliations

Asian Studies Center
Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID)
Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
College English Association, Honorary Life Member
Modern Language Association, Life Member