Professor; Director of Lower Division; Co-Director, Middle Tennessee Writing Project
Ph.D. (1997), Georgia State University; MA (1991), Miami University, Oxford; BA (1989),
Emory University; First Year at MTSU: 1997
Office: PH 337; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-2595
A native of Chicago, Dr. Kates teaches courses in general studies English, sports
and literature, and renaissance literature. He is the English Department's "Beta Geek"
and is the recipient of one of the MTSU Foundation's Outstanding Teacher Award in
- "D'oh-topia: Springfield as Unifying Element in The Simpsons." Society for Utopian Studies Conference, Vancouver: October 19-21, 2000.+
- "Teaching Baseball, Teaching Race: Wilson's Fences and Fuller's A Soldier's Play" The Malaga Conference on American Theatre, Malaga University, Spain: May 22-24,
- A Collaborative Research and Discussion Exercise for a CAI Environment." The Mid-South
Instructional Technology Conference, MTSU: April 9-11, 2000.
- "From Shoemaker to 'Emperor': Rowland Lacy's Creation of a New Society in The Shoemaker's Holiday." The Tennessee Philological Association meeting, Cookeville: February 25-26, 2000.
- "New Urbanism Meets Cinematic Fantasyland: The Truman Show and New Utopias." Society for Utopian Studies Conference, San Antonio: November 12-13,
- "White Trash in the College Classroom: Banks's Trailerpark and the Springeresque Reaction." Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Society Meeting, Philadelphia:
November 5-6, 2000.
- "Russell Banks and the Church of Fenway: Wade Whitehouse, Bob Dubois, and Their Respective
Red Sox Epiphanies.
- " Conference on Baseball and Literature, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana:
April 9, 1999.
- "Hopelessness and Bravado in Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love and Russell Banks's
Success Stories." The Madison Conference, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, March
- "Twentysomethings in the 90s: Film Noir Meets Marlovian Tragedy." The Virginia Humanities
Council Meeting, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia: March 19-20, 1999.
- "What Color Collar Does a Teacher Wear?" Louisiana Philological Society Meeting, Nicholls
State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana: March 12-13,1999.
- "What Really Matters: Confronting Death in the Classroom." Missouri Philological Association,
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri: February 26-27, 1999.
- "Interpretative Art Worlds Collide: The Aronlfini Portrait and The Shoemaker's Holiday." West Virginia Shakespeare and Renaissance Conference, West Virginia University:
April 10-11, 1998.
- "Technology, Tape Recorders, and the Commuter Student: Bypassing the Red Pen." The
Georgia-South Carolina College English Association Conference, Clemson University:
February 9-10, 1995.
- "'Cause It's My Right: The Awakening Reconsidered Through Lucinda Williams' Music."
The Kate Chopin Conference, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana:
April 7, 1995.