Dr. Royce Kallerud
English and Linguistics Department Chair; Professor of English
BA, Kalamazoo College; MA, PhD, State University of New York–Buffalo.
Dr. Kallerud started teaching at Truman in 1998. He often teaches British Romantic Literature, Applying Literary Theory, and Writing as Critical Thinking. His current research interests are British Romantic Literature, Literary Criticism, Composition Theory, Poetry, and The Discipline of English.
"I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo and my B.A. from Kalamazoo College, a small liberal arts college, where I took advantage of the foreign study program and studied for six months at Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In my dissertation I studied how some of the ways that literature and political theory influence each other by looking closely at the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William Blake, and Mary Shelley.
I’ve continued this work at Truman by exploring the field of modern genre theory (David Duff recently edited a groundbreaking book on the subject). In modern genre theory, I’ve found a way to approach literature that is surprisingly useful in bringing together my interests in teaching methods and in literary theory. This work has fueled my interest in the role of the English major, a topic that comes up in all my classes, but also when talking to advisees about their goals or giving presentations for organizations like the Career Center and Sigma Tau Delta (the English honors society).
When I’m not teaching or thinking about teaching, I’m usually running or hanging out with my son Henry, daughter Fern, and wife Devon.
Dr. Kallerud's favorite author is William Blake, especially for his influence on musicians such as Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, Ray Davies, The Hold Steady, Neil Young, Patti Smith, The Fugs, David Axelrod, and Billy Bragg.