John holds a doctorate in English with a concentration in psychology and the history of science from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, the Dean’s Scholar Award, a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, and the Penn Student Course Review’s “Hall of Fame Professor” designation. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University and has worked in the education department of the Phillips Collection.
His areas of scholarly interest include modern and postmodern literature and art, avant-garde comic aesthetics, Alfred Jarry and ’Pataphysics, the relationship between psychopathology and creativity, and the effects of science and technology on culture. He is a founding co-director of the Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (www.pasc-arts.org), serves on the Advisory Board of the Penn pre-medical journal, “Synapse,” and has an educational and career consulting practice specializing in the psychological factors that affect academic and professional performance.
John has been a champion of Jim Brewton's work since we began planning the ’Pataphysics conference in 2014, and we thank him for joining us.