Dr. Joshua Pearson


My primary area of interest is 20th century American literature and popular culture, with anglophone science fiction and fantasy as my primary archive. My current book project, Managing Power, investigates the ways that the transition towards speculative capitalism and neoliberal governance was negotiated through changing representations of gendered heroism, from Dune to Dexter. I am also at the opening stage of my next project, Managing Worlds, which explores the ways we imagine humans’ relationships with complex systems from capital markets to climate change.


I have a decade of experience teaching college students in a wide range of subjects and contexts, from rural Kansas, to southern California, to central China. I have taught courses in Science Fiction, Literature, Composition, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Film and Television.

I currently teach courses in science fiction for the Liberal Studies Dept at Cal State Los Angeles.

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