I am an assistant professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University.  He specializes in contemporary American literature, literature and science, environmental literature, and material culture. I received my Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 2007. 

My recent book, The Practice of Misuse (available for purchase at Stanford UP and Amazon), examines creative acts of repurposing in American culture from the 1960s to the present. Setting works by Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Sam Shepard, Thomas Pynchon, Shelley Jackson, Chuck Palahniuk, and Don DeLillo alongside contemporary “maker communities” such as Instructables and IKEA Hacker, the book shows how rugged consumers challenge the assumption of single, pre-determined functions for objects. If you are interested in this subject, check out my recent blogpost.

I welcome any questions regarding the M.A. Program in English at Oregon State University. My primary address is raymond dot malewitz at oregonstate dot edu.