Andrew Keese

About

I am currently a spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and an adjunct associate professor of English and writing tutor at Austin Community College. I began my career as a newspaper journalist and have since worked in public relations and academia. I was inspired to pursue my PhD in English while working on publications at the University of Texas at Brownsville. I finally earned my PhD in English from Texas Tech University in 2015 under the direction of Dr. Jen Shelton. My dissertation was titled A Crossing: Postcolonialism and Christianity in the Modernist British Novel. My primary focuses as an academic have been modernist British literature, postcolonial studies, and the intersection of Christianity and literature. I have been published in the peer-reviewed journals, South Texas English Studies and D. H. Lawrence Studies. I also wrote a chapter in D. H. Lawrence: New Theoretical Perspectives and Cultural Translation, which was edited by Simonetta de Filippis and published this year. As a graduate student at Texas Tech, I earned a dissertation completion fellowship, a Langford Graduate English Scholarship, and fellowships to attend and present at two different International D. H. Lawrence Conferences in Sydney, Australia, and Gargnano, Italy. Authors I am particularly interested in are Lawrence, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, Rumer Godden, Elsepth Huxley, Virginia Woolf, and E. M. Forster.