Department Chair and Professor, American Modernism & Poetry
PhD (English), The Ohio State University
Dr. Vogel’s research concentrates on American road stories in the Progressive Era. His current book project, titled Storied Road, examines the way road stories altered American geography at the turn of the twentieth century. These cultural changes had serious political ramifications that we still contend with today. A portion of it covering Hamlin Garland and the agrarian reform of American road policy was published in Studies in American Naturalism, spring 2011. A spin off from the book situates Theodore Dreiser’s A Hoosier Holiday within the political negotiations over good roads that took place in 1915. This article was published in a special issue of Studies in Travel Writing that considers travel writing and the car. He has written a chapter on race, passing, and the American Dream in American Dream from Salem Press’s Critical Insight’s series, an article on Walt Whitman’s associations with the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, an article exploring Gertrude Stein’s geographic imagination appeared in EAPSU online. An examination of the intertextual exchanges between jazz poetry and music was published in Harlot of the Arts online and he also published an article that demonstrates the relationship between Beat writers’ use of bathetic humor and the influence of Walt Whitman’s romantic idealism in American Studies.
Dr. Vogel also writes poetry. His work has appeared in Blackbook Press, The Blue Collar Review, The Lehigh Valley Review, The Heartland Review, Off the Coast, The Clark Street Review, Slant, The Evergreen Review, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Listening Eye, Plainsongs, and The Red River Review.