Josh Lukin teaches full-time in Temple University’s First-Year Writing Program, where he has earned six Outstanding Teacher citations and been inducted into the Instructors’ Hall of Fame; he has also taught literature courses in the history of criticism, contemporary global fiction, noir film and fiction, science fiction, 1950s U.S. literature, and social issues in literature. His scholarly interests are U.S. Fiction since 1945 and Disability Studies. Josh has published articles, reviews, and interviews in such venues as Journal of Modern Literature, MLN, minnesota review, and the Encyclopedia of American Disability History. He is the editor of Invisible Suburbs: Recovering Protest Fiction in the 1950s United States (University Press of Mississippi, 2008), an anthology in which he and six other scholars look at how, in an era where older modes of resistance were discredited, stigmatized, or destroyed, literature illuminated the efforts of marginalized groups to salvage or to reconceptualize their struggles for rights and recognition. In 2010, Aqueduct Press published It Walks in Beauty: Selected prose of Chandler Davis, an edited volume in which Josh compiled and analyzed short stories and essays of a significant mathematician, Red Scare survivor, peace activist, and science fiction writer.
Josh has served on the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession and on Temple’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability. His work has been taught at many schools, among them the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, Purdue North Central, the University of Minnesota, University of Sussex, CUNY Graduate Center, Central Michigan University, National Chiao Tung University, the University of Chicago, San Diego State University, Southern Illinois University, Haverford College, and Charles University in Prague. His current projects include a collection of his interviews with feminist authors and Noir Recognitions, a study of identity in the 1950s novels of Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and Philip Dick. He lives in Philadelphia and enjoys dining out, folksinging, classical theater, chamber music, and feline companionship.
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