Dan Barlow

Contact Information

English Instructor
Office Location
BGS 207
School / Office / Department
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Program / Division


Formal Education

  • Ph.D. in English: Critical and Cultural Studies. University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A. in English: American Literature. San Diego State University
  • B.A. cum laude in English: American Cultures and Global Contexts. University of California, Santa Barbara

Certifications and Training

  • Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms: Community Learning. University of California, Los Angeles
  • Peer Online Course Review. California Virtual Campus - Online Education Initiative
  • AB 540 Undocumented Student Ally Training. Saddleback Colleg
  • AB 705 Student Success Summer Institute. California Acceleration Project
  • Open Educational Resources Training. Saddleback College
  • AVID for Higher Education. Saddleback College
  • Black Minds Matter. San Diego State University

Recent Publications/Presentations


  • “Composing Post-Multiculturalism.” College Composition and Communication 67.3
  • “Blues Narrative Form, African American Fiction, and the African Diaspora.” Narrative 24.2
  • “Literary Ethnomusicology and the Soundscape of Jean Toomer’s Cane.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 39.1
  • “As Simple as Sharing? Intellectual Property and an Ethnomusicology of Fairness.” Society for Ethnomusicology Student News 2
  • “Kimberly Ruffin’s Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions.” Journal of American Studies 46.4 (Book Review)
  • “‘And every day there is music’: Folksong Roots and the Highway Chain Gang in The Ballad of the Sad Café.” The Southern Literary Journal 44.1


  • “Listening to African American Literature: An Aural Pedagogy.” MLA
  • “Pushing Play: Sound, Pedagogy, and the Geopolitics of Form in Bailey’s Cafe.” MELUS
  • “Teaching Blues Literature.” Rocky Mountain MLA “Diaspora, History, and Blues Narrativity in the African American Novel.” Rocky Mountain MLA
  • “Inquiry after Identity: Race, Place, and the Historical Now.” MELUS
  • “Planetarity as Keyword in Literary and Cultural Studies.” Pitt Humanities Center
  • “Black Arts and Blues Violence: The Blues of Amiri Baraka.” Pitt Grad Student Expo
  • “Jimi Hendrix and the Politics of Blackness.” MLA
  • “Sound Writing: The Critical Ethnomusicology of Jean Toomer’s Cane.” American Literature Association
  • “Time, Place, and Race in the Migratory Lyrics of Sam Hopkins.” Midwest MLA
  • “Folksong Roots and the Highway Chain Gang in The Ballad of the Sad Café.” Southern Writers/Southern Writing


  • Saddleback College Professor of the Year
  • UCLA-EPIC Fellowship: Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms
  • The James Phelan Prize for Best Essay in Narrative
  • The Eric O. Clarke Dissertation Prize
  • Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Society for Ethnomusicology Student News Essay Award
  • The Colby Kullman Prize: First Place for Outstanding Critical Essay
  • The Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award