Ingrao, P. Jay

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office:  JO 5.306

Prior to employment at UT Dallas, Peter Jay Ingrao taught Rhetoric and American Literature at NC State University (2004-2005) and Rhetoric at Southern Methodist University (2005-2007). In addition to Exploration of the Humanities, he continues to teach American Literature at UT Dallas. He has presented material at such conferences as the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, The Southern Writers, Southern Writing Conference, SCMLA, ALA, and most recently chaired a panel entitled "Flannery O'Connor and Humor" at the 2008 SAMLA. Material presented at conferences emphasizes his primary research interest in the intersection of religion and identity in the literature of the American South, and how this intersection finds expression in terms of the grotesque and gothic. This same interest is the focus of his dissertation for which he is currently seeking a publisher. More recently, he has focused his attention on the theme of the apocalyptic gothic in American popular culture and science fiction writing from 1953 to 2006.