Doug Guerra

Associate Professor


319 Marano Campus Center


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MWF 3:00 - 4:00 or by appointment


Douglas A. Guerra teaches courses in U.S. literature, media theory, popular culture, and the relationships between technological innovation, aesthetic form, and social arrangement. He is a founding member and current Chair of the C19 Podcast (C19: America in the 19th Century). His first book, Slantwise Moves: Games, Literature, and Social Invention in Nineteenth-Century America (UPenn Press 2018), won the Popular Culture Association’s Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Reference/Primary Source Work, and his experiments in digital pedagogy were featured as part of the C19 Society’s #TeachingC19 series. His current project explores ephemera and other marginalized media forms—stock imagery, games and toys, and procedural writing in periodicals like Godey's Lady Book—alongside figures and personages of split worlds like mermaids, vivandières, contrabands, and nurses to consider the "human infrastructures" that settled and sustained the social collectives of the American nineteenth century. 

Guerra has published articles in American Literature and ESQ, and his scholarship has been supported by The Strong Museum of Play, the American Antiquarian Society, Pennsylvania State University's First Book Institute, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the Director of SUNY Oswego's interdisciplinary American Studies Program.     



Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 2011

BA, University of Chicago, 2001