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Assistant Professor

Department Humanities/General Education

Mailing Address

Regis College

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


    Dr. Fitzgerald is Assistant Professor of Humanities/General Education. He teaches courses in Religious Studies, Ethics, and English, primarily. His research interests include the history of literary journalism, media studies, nineteenth and twentieth century American nonfiction, American Christianity, and digital humanities. Fitzgerald is currently at work on a book that reconsiders the history of literary journalism with a focus on role that women writers played in its nineteenth century origins, and the way emerging media have and continue to shape the genre's history.

    In addition to his life in academia, Fitzgerald has worked as a freelance web developer and journalist, with articles and essays appearing in publications such as The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and others. In 2013, Bondfire Books published his first book titled Not Your Mother’s Morals: How the New Sincerity is Changing Pop Culture for the Better.

    Typical classes taught:

    • The Art of Persuasive Writing
    • Stories of Belief
    • Reading, Thinking, and Writing; Digital Scholarship

    Dr. Fitzgerald's personal website has more information about his books and essays.


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in English, Northeastern University

    Master of Arts in English, University of Massachusetts, Boston

    Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Gordon College

    Awards Honors

    Kaneb Faculty Grant, Regis College, 2022-2023

    City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press, NEH Summer Institute, Summer 2020

    Faculty Development Grant, Regis College, 2018-2019

    Humanities Center Resident Fellowship, Northeastern University, 2017-2018

    Going the Rounds: Virality in Nineteenth Century American Newspapers, with Ryan Cordell, David A. Smith, Abby Mullen, and Thanasis Kinias. University of Minnesota Press, Under Contract

    “Nineteenth Century Women Writers and the Sentimental Roots of Literary Journalism”, Literary Journalism Studies, Vol. 9. No. 2, Fall 2017

    How the News Feels: The Empathic Power of Literary Journalists, University of Massachusetts Press, July, 2023

    "(Hard and Soft) Skills to Pay the Bills", What We Teach When We Teach DH, University of Minnesota Press, December, 2023

    “The Continuous Line: Visualizing the History of American Literary Journalism,” Medien and Zeit, Spring, 2022

    “This Protestant World”, Chapter in Wise Blood: A Reconsideration (Rodopi Press), July 2011

    “New Kenyan Writers: The Narratives of Binyavanga Wainaina and Yvonne Owuor”, December 2009 Journal of African Literature, No. 6, December 2009

    Paper: “Literary Journalism of the Ordinary”, The Seventeenth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies, Gdansk, Poland, May 2023

    Paper: “Blood and Guts: The Legacy of American Antinomianism”, 2022 Northeast American Studies Association Annual Conference, June 2022

    Paper: “(Hard and Soft) Skills to Pay the Bills: A Both/And Approach to Teaching DH at Small Liberal Arts Colleges”, DHSI 2021: Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Training, and Mentorship, June 2021

    Paper “Singing and Dancing Through the Unimaginable: Viewing Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Through the Lens of Moral Sentimentalism”, 2021 Pop Culture Association Conference, June 2021

    Paper: “‘Let’s All Drink from This Bitterness’: Empathy and Responsibility in the Work of Alexis Okeowo”, The Fifteen International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2021