Daniel Barlow

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English Instructor
Liberal Arts
Saddleback College

About Me: Before coming to Saddleback, I taught at San Diego State University, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Cascadia College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Santa Barbara City College.

My teaching and research are always evolving and expanding. I tend to focus on composition, narratology, critical theory (music, race, gender), and African American literature, music, and cultural history. I have published on these topics and others in Narrative, MELUS, the Society for Ethnomusicology Student News, The Southern Literary Journal, and College Composition and Communication.

For a look at my work in teaching and scholarship, please see below. Write to me anytime at dbarlow2@saddleback.edu


  • 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.


  • The Erick O. Clarke Dissertation Prize. University of Pittsburgh.
  • The James Phelan Prize for Best Essay in Narrative. International Society for the Study of Narrative.
  • Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship.
  • Cultural Studies Dissertation Fellowship.
  • Graduate Student Essay Award. Society for Ethnomusicology Student News.
  • The Colby Kullman Prize: First Place for Outstanding Critical Essay.
  • The Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award.


  • “Blues Narrative Form, African American Fiction, and the African Diaspora.” Narrative 24.2.
  • “Composing Post-Multiculturalism.” College Composition and Communication 67.3.
  • “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.” Modern Language Association.
  • “Pushing Play: Sound, Pedagogy, and the Geopolitics of Form in Bailey’s Cafe.MELUS.
  • “Teaching Blues Literature.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association.
  • “Diaspora, History, and Blues Narrativity in the African American Novel.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association.
  • “Inquiry after Identity: Race, Place, and the Historical Now.” MELUS.
  • “Planetarity as Keyword in Literary and Cultural Studies.” University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center.
  • “Black Arts and Blues Violence: The Blues of Amiri Baraka.” University of Pittsburgh Grad Student Expo.
  • “Jimi Hendrix and the Politics of Blackness.” Modern Language Association.
  • “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 Modern Language Association.
  • “Folksong Roots and the Highway Chain Gang in The Ballad of the Sad Café.” Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference.