Craig Warren, Ph.D.

Craig Warren, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty Affairs, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor, English
136 Kochel

Mailing Address:
ERIE, PA 16563

Dr. Craig Warren earned his B.A. (1997), M.A. (1999), and Ph.D. (2004) all from the University of Virginia. While at Virginia, he was a four-year staff member at the Rossetti Archive, one of the founding projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. He also served as Director of First-Year Writing from 2003-2004.

Joining the Penn State Behrend faculty in 2004, he helped establish the Professional Writing option in English. Dr. Warren was appointed Chair of English in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010, and to Professor in 2016.

He is the author of The Rebel Yell: A Cultural History (University of Alabama Press, 2014) and Scars To Prove It: The Civil War Soldier and American Fiction (Kent State University Press, 2009). He is also the founder and editor of the Ambrose Bierce Project, a digital humanities project and electronic journal.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Warren served as President of the national College English Association.

Courses Taught

  • ART 002, Interactive Learning and Web-Design
  • ART 003, Visual Images on the Web
  • ENGL 003, The Great Traditions in American Literature
  • ENGL 015, Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 130, Reading Popular Texts
  • ENGL 200, Introduction to Critical Reading
  • ENGL 202D, Effective Writing:  Business Writing
  • ENGL 311, The Canon and Its Critics
  • ENGL 417, The Editorial Process
  • ENGL 418, Advanced Technical Writing and Editing
  • ENGL 419, Advanced Technical Writing and Editing
  • ENGL 420, Writing for the Web
  • ENGL 439, American Nonfiction Prose
  • ENGL 479, Business or Technical Writing Practicum
  • ENGL 494, Senior Thesis in English
  • ENGL 495, Internship
  • ENGL 496, Independent Studies


American literature, southern literature and culture, Civil War literature, state-sponsored prose, gender studies.


The Rebel Yell: A Cultural History (Univ. of Alabama Press, 2014).

Scars to Prove It: The Civil War Soldier and American Fiction (Kent State Univ. Press, 2009).

Book Chapters

“The Civil War in Film,” The Cambridge History of the American Civil War, ed. Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Introduction to The Gothic Tales of Ambrose Bierce (11 Editora, 2019).

“‘The Tallest Pine in the Political Forest:’ Race and Slavery in the Confederate Veteran’s Memoir, 1866-1915,” War Stories: The War Memoir in History and Literature, ed. Philip Dwyer (Berghahn Books, 2016).

Introduction to The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (Barnes & Noble Library, 2007).


“Drawing a Blank: Illustrating ‘the kid’ in McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, The Cormac McCarthy Journal (forthcoming 2020).

“Patricia Highsmith and the Dark Carnival,” Clues: A Journal of Detection 33.2 (Fall 2015).

“Lincoln’s Body: The President in Popular Films of the Sesquicentennial,” The Journal of the Civil War Era 4.1 (March 2014).

“Gender and Moral Immaturity in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, The CEA Critic 73.1 (Fall 2010).

“Neglected Testimony: The Warren Commission Report and the Writing of State-Sponsored Prose,” Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture 40.3 (2008).

“Presidential Wounds: The JFK Assassination and the White Male Body,” Men and Masculinities 10.5 (August 2008).

“‘It Reads Like a Novel’: The 9/11 Commission Report and the American Reading Public,” Journal of American Studies 41 (December 2007).

“Mary Johnston: An Introduction,” Meridian 10 (Fall/Winter 2002).

“‘Oh, God, What a Pity!’: The Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg and the Creation of Myth,” Civil War History 47 (September 2001).


The Battle of the Crater, by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen, Civil War Monitor (Jan. 25, 2012).

War No More: The Antiwar Impulse in American Literature, 1861–1914, by Cynthia Wachtell, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 108.3 (2010).

Awaiting the Heavenly Country: The Civil War and America’s Culture of Death, by Mark S. Schantz, ABP Journal (2008).

Two Brothers: One North, One South, by David H. Jones, 1861– (2008).

Eyewitness to the Civil War: The Complete History from Secession to Reconstruction, by Stephen G. Hyslop, ABP Journal (2007).

The Death of a Confederate Colonel: Civil War Stories and a Novella, by Pat Carr, 1861– (2007).

The Short Fiction of Ambrose Bierce: A Comprehensive Edition, edited by S. T. Joshi, Lawrence I. Berkove, and David E. Schultz, ABP Journal (2006).

Stephen Crane’s Literary Family: A Garland of Writings, by Thomas A. Gullason, Virginia Quarterly Review (2002).

The Irish in the South, 1815–1877, by David T. Gleeson, Virginia Quarterly Review (2002).

Ph D, English, The University of Virginia

MA, English, The University of Virginia

BA, English, The University of Virginia