Dr. Jeffrey Gross, Chair, Associate Professor, specializes in American literary and cultural studies, antebellum American literature, literature and democracy, the American novel, social theory, and composition theory. His work looks at the intersections of literature with political, historical, and social contexts that affected citizenship and civic identity in the antebellum period. At CBU, Dr. Gross teaches courses in American Literature, General Education literature, and first-year composition. Originally from Jamestown, NY, Dr. Gross received his B.A. in English from Canisius College, a Jesuit institution in Buffalo, NY. He holds an M.A. in English from Indiana State University, where he also received the College of Arts and Science’s Dean’s Educational Excellence Award for his teaching, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, focusing on 19th Century American Studies. At UK, he received numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the Graduate School’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, the Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and the College of Arts and Science’s Certificate for Outstanding Teaching. Gross researches democracy and legal personhood in the Antebellum U.S. His work has appeared in the South Atlantic Review, The CEA Forum, The CEA Critic, and Present Tense. Dr. Gross is also an RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) certified running coach and avid runner.