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. His research specialty is British literary and cultural history of the nineteenth century.
Dr. Rasmussen's teaching interests include literature and science, gender and literature, autobiography, narrative theory, drama, 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 sits on the Executive Board of CLU's Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship and enjoys mentoring students on guided research projects, such as for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program (www.callutheran.edu/ourcs).
Recent courses taught:
English 480: Capstone
English 301: Academic Research & Writing
English 456: Major British Authors: Darwin's Narrative Legacy
English 452: Shakespeare
English 352: Gender & Literature
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.
Nineteenth-century British literary and cultural history; Charles Darwin; science and literature; history and philosophy of science; religion and literature; gender and literature.
Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
"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.