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Bryan B Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Email: brasmuss@callutheran.edu
Office: Humanities 211


Dr. Rasmussen (Ph.D. Indiana University, 2008) is a former Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow in Religion and Ethics (Woodrow Wilson Foundation) and has served as Managing Editor of the journal Victorian Studies. In addition to teaching literature and writing in the English Department, Dr. Rasmussen coordinates the SEEd Project (Sustainable Edible Education) on campus, a project in sustainability education, food ethics, and native habitat. SEEd maintains a demonstration garden and apiary. 

Dr. Rasmussen's teaching interests include science and literature, environmental literature, critical reading and writing, and research methodologies. He strives as much as possible to bring interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on the study of literature and writing. He and Dr. Kris Karsten (Biology) have team-taught a course for the Honors Program in the history and philosophy of the natural sciences.

Courses taught:

Honors 102: At Home in the Universe (with Dr. Kris Karsten)

English 301: Academic Research & Writing

English 216: Environmental Literature

English 217: Science and Literature (on evolution and narrative)

English 456: Major British Authors: Darwin's Literary Legacy

English 111: Critical Reading & Writing. This first-year writing course, entitled "Walking, Mapping, Thinking," explores theories, arts, and cultures in the natural and built environments of Southern California.


Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington


Nineteenth-century British literary and cultural history; Charles Darwin; science and literature; history and philosophy of science; religion and literature; gender and literature.


"From God's Work to Fieldwork: Charlotte Tonna's Evangelical Autoethnography." ELH 77.1 (Spring 2010): 159-94. (Available here with CLU login through Project Muse: http://muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.callutheran.edu/journals/elh/toc/elh.77.1.html)

Review: Anna Maria Jones, Problem Novels: Victorian Fiction Theorizes the Sensational Self. The Ohio State University Press, 2007. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 53 (Feb. 2009). (www.erudit.org/revue/ravon/2009/v/n53/029912ar.html)

Review: Anne Isba, The Excellent Mrs. Fry: Unlikely Heroine. Continuum, 2010.  Victorian Studies  54.1 (Autumn 2011): 153-55.