Faculty & Staff

Dr. Bob Mielke
Professor of English

Spring 2023 office hours
Monday: 1:45 - 3:15 PM, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 - 4:45 PM
Wednesday: 2:45 - 3:15 PM, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Thursday: 3:00 - 3:45 PM unless Faculty Senate is meeting


Personal Pronouns: he/him

BA, Marquette University; MA, PhD, Duke University; Graduate Study, Northeastern University.

Dr. Mielke began to teach at Truman in 1986, and he specializes in and usually teaches American Literature, early modern to post-modern British Literature, 20th Century World Literature, Film, Literary Theory, American Studies, and Cultural Studies. His current research interests are revising for publication book-length manuscripts in American nuclear culture and avant-pop music; starting a project on American Catholicism in the wake of Vatican II.

      "I'm from Milwaukee. I did my graduate work primarily at Duke University (both MA and PhD). Aside from turning my hobbies into my areas of specialization, I also like to cook for people and care for my 3 cats, 21 fish, and corn snake. I also like to sing and play crude synthesizer and/or/as percussion."

Dr. Mielke's favorite authors are James Joyce and Lester Bangs. His favorite text is Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany.

His favorite quotation?

      "...[H]uman language is like a cracked tub on which we beat out ditties to make a bear dance, when we would move the stars to weep."
                                                                  -Gustave Flaubert, Mme. Bovary