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Tiffany Christian

English And Literature

English: FT Faculty

Office: L301-M on the Mount Vernon campus

Phone: (360) 416.7670


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Dr. Tiffany A. Christian


Tiffany was born in the faraway magical state of Florida, or so she has been told. She moved to the west as a wee bairn and pretty much stayed there. Her long strange trip has taken her through California, Oregon and Washington, with a brief stint in New York City. In the process, she has taken on jobs ranging from typer of obituaries (and other things) for a weekly newspaper, to the editor of a small magazine about converting buses, to adjunct composition instructor at a variety of institutions. An occasional work of creative writing was published. Finally, in 2017, she accomplished one of her #lifegoals: earning a Ph.D. 

Tiffany's research interests include (but are certainly not limited to) the relationships among gender, race, sexuality, dis/ability, and body size in popular culture. Her most recent work has focused on the functions of narrative and folklore in the maintenance of dominant forms of masculinity in disaster preparedness culture. She is a social justice bard. 

Tiffany has several personal interests, most of them obsessive. These include writing, singing, gaming, "geek" popular culture (science fiction and in particular anything to do with the apocalypse), animals, and the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Currently she is working on a "novel-like" manuscript in addition to her teaching at SVC. 

Her cat has an Instagram. 


  • Ph.D., 2017, Washington State University -- American Studies
  • MA, 2011, University of Oregon -- Folklore
  • MFA, 2005, Chapman University -- Creative Writing
  • BA, 1999, Pacific University -- English Literature/Creative Writing


  • “The Recuperation of Wounded Hegemonic Masculinity on Doomsday Preppers.” InThe Last Midnight: Essays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millennial Media, edited by Amanda Firestone, Leisa A. Clark, and Mary F. Pharr, McFarland, 2016.
  • “’Look At the Flowers’: Meme Culture and Recuperating Hegemonic Masculinities through Female Characters in The Walking Dead” in Race, Gender, and Sexuality in The Walking Dead, edited by Dawn Keetley and Elizabeth Erwin. (Forthcoming)
  • “Science Fiction Shows.” In Race and Ethnicity in American Television: A Three-Volume Set, edited by Stephanie Troutman and David J. Leonard. (Forthcoming)
  • Zombies R Us: Disaster Preparedness Groups, Self-Reliance, and the Death of Modernity -- folklore documentary, 2011.
  • Five Minutes of Fame: a Karaokumentary – folklore documentary, 2009.


Zombies R Us (folklore documentary):

reading of original poem "Her Monster":

Spring Class Schedule