Areas of Expertise

American Literature, American Studies


Shawn Higgins’ research interests include senses in literature (sound, taste), cultural citizenship, and the culture of American higher education.

Representative Publications


  • PhD in English, University of Connecticut
  • MA in American Studies, Columbia University
  • BA in English, University of California, Riverside
  • TESOL Certificate, University of California, Riverside

Previous experience

Assistant Professor of English (tenure-track), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2016-2018

Professional associations

  • American Studies Association
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • Japanese Association for American Studies