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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


Dr. C has lived much of her life in the west, including California, Oregon and Washington. 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 into motor homes, 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. 

Dr. C'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. 

Personal interests 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


  • “’Look at the flowers’: Meme Culture and the (Re)Centering of Hegemonic Masculinities Through Women Characters” in The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead: Essays on the Television Series and Comics, edited by Elizabeth Erwin and Dawn Keetley, McFarland, 2018.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • “Science Fiction Shows.” In Race and Ethnicity in American Television: A Three-Volume Set, edited by Stephanie Troutman and David J. Leonard. (Forthcoming)
  • "Using the Past to Recuperate the Present: The Authentic Evil of Madame Delphine Lalaurie in American Horror Story: Coven." In Journal of Popular Culture. (Accepted)


Zombies R Us (folklore documentary):

reading of original poem "Her Monster":

Spring Class Schedule