Dr Paul T. MajkutProfessor College of Letters and Sciences
Arts and Humanities
Paul Majkut, Ph.D., C. Phil. Prof. Majkut’s original fields of study were Renaissance English poetry (Edmund Spenser and Shakespeare) and medieval literature. In addition, he did post-graduate work in philosophy. Continued doctoral work focused on utopian literature and prosody. At present, he alternates from year-to-year teaching the following graduate courses: Shakespeare, Chaucer, 17th-Century English Poetry, Utopian Literature, Whitman, Metafiction, Billy Wilder, Italian Neorealismo, Central European Film, and Pictures that Speak. He is the founder and former President of the Society for Phenomenology and Media. He has published extensively in the areas of media studies, film, and philosophy as well as literature.
Professor Majkut has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities grants (Cambridge, Oxford), a Fulbright Scholar grant (Argentina) and two Fulbright Senior Specialist grants (Finland, Germany), and a special research stipend from the Republic of Slovakia to research its archive of films made during the Cold War. He is frequently invited to lecture at foreign universities and has spent semesters giving advanced courses in literature, film, philosophy, and media studies at the Dalian University of Foreign Languages in the Peoples’ Republic of China; King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the Institut für Literaturwissenschaft Anglistik / Amerikanistik at the University of Stuttgart, Germany; and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He has also lectured by invitation at universities in Brazil, Hungary, Mexico (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas), Peru, Spain, Uruguay. He is currently on the Steering Committee of the UNESCO Forum for Well-Being in Digital Media, which held its first conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.
At National University, Professor Majkut teaches exclusively in the graduate English program and the Film Studies MA, the latter a program he created and implemented from its inception in 2000 until 2015.
In a previous life, he worked as an international journalist in the Middle East, a columnist, and a managing editor of a San Diego weekly. In this career, he won over 20 awards for his writing from the Los Angeles Press Club, the San Diego Press Club, the Southern California Press Club, and the Society of Professional Journalists. These awards were in a wide variety of categories, including: investigative journalism, drama, film, environmental writing, political writing, editorials, and feature writing. He has published four novels, a volume of short stories, an oral history of Vietnamese refugees in Southern California, and a volume of poetry.
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