Aaron LaDuke, an authority on Great Plains literature, is assistant professor in residence in the Liberal Arts Program. Prior to joining NU-Q, he served as a lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, teaching in Haining, China as part of University of Illinois’ partnership with Zhejiang University. 

LaDuke has a BA in English from Northwestern University, an MA in creative writing from Western Washington University, and a PhD in English from Ohio University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Illinois, he taught at Texas A&M University’s Kingsville campus and was a prep school teacher at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts and Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. 

His doctoral dissertation examined “Gothic Trends in Contemporary Great Plains Literature.” His publications include an edited book, Living through the Cold War: The Sexual Revolution (Greenhaven Press, 2006), a literary interview with Michael Collins in Bellingham Review, and two articles in progress: one on novelist Annie Proulx and the emergence of Great Plains Gothic, and another on boom times and new pioneers on the Plains, a cultural studies analysis. Recent conference presentations include the SUNY Council of Writers Conference in Albany, New York and the American Literature Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.