Dr. Wright is Associate Professor of English. He came to Samford in 2007 after earning his PhD in English from the University of Tulsa, where he specialized in twentieth-century American literature and cinema.
Dr. Wright directs the Film Studies Concentration in the English Major. This entails maintaining the curriculum, advising Film Studies majors, and refereeing senior theses. He also teaches several courses in the concentration, including ENGL 307 Film, ENGL 350 Film History, and FLME 351 Film Adaptation.
Since 2007, Dr. Wright has served as faculty sponsor to the Samford University Film Club, which promotes the appreciation and analysis of cinema throughout the Samford community. Each semester, Film Club hosts numerous film screenings on campus, often in tandem with other student organizations. These screenings feature talks by Samford faculty and stimulating conversations about the films.
In 2012, Dr. Wright founded Wide Angle: A Journal of Literature and Film—the official journal of the Department of English—and has since served as its General Editor. A unique publication, Wide Angle features essays, reviews, and commentaries on literature and film, as well as original poems and short stories. The journal provides a forum for Samford students and faculty alike to share their scholarship and express their creativity in writing. Our work can be found online at howard.samford.edu/english/wideangle/default.aspx
Dr. Wright’s scholarship centers on American war literature and film, as well as Southern Studies. He has published refereed articles on these subjects in academic journals such as PMLA, The Southern Quarterly, Genre, and War, Literature, and the Arts. His reviews of books in these fields have appeared in the Literature-Film Quarterly, the Rocky Mountain Review, and the South Central Review. In addition, he has served as a referee for PMLA, Studies in the Novel, and Routledge Press. He remains active at annual professional conferences, especially the Rocky Mountain MLA convention, where he has chaired various panels and presented papers on topics such as realism in combat filmmaking, memoirs by American servicewomen, and film adaptations of combat narratives.
Since 2008, Dr. Wright and his wife, Kelly, have been members of All Saints Episcopal Church, which became their spiritual home upon their moving to Alabama. He and Kelly enjoy spending time with their two children, Alexandra and Ethan (who are growing up too fast). Hobbies they share as a family include hiking and camping, grilling, reading, running, basketball, golf, chess, and video games.
- American war literature and film
- Adaptation Studies
- Southern Studies
- the American novel
Membership in Professional Societies
- Modern Language Association
- Literature-Film Association
- South-Central MLA
- South-Atlantic MLA
- Rocky Mountain MLA