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Dr. Stephen Bell
Associate Professor of English

Stephen Bell

(434) 592-3714

Stephen Bell is an Associate Professor of English at Liberty University, where he has been teaching since 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Wheaton College, his master's degree in English from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He served as an officer in the Army for four years after college and taught literature at Azusa Pacific University for five years before coming to Liberty, where he splits his time between the College of General Studies and the Department of English. 

His research and teaching interests include World Literature, Theory (particularly Postcolonial and Postmodern), Film Studies, and Classics of the Western canon.  His dissertation, "'The Past is a Country from which we have all Emigrated': Salman Rushdie's Postcolonial and Postmodern Embrace of Memory," a study of the ways that memory and identity intersect in the works of the contemporary novelist, won the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the English graduate faculty since Fall 2014.


  • Ph.D., Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2014)
  • M.A., English, University of Virginia (2002)
  • B.A., English, Wheaton College (1997)

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 656: South Asian Diasporic Fiction
  • ENGL 462: Religious Issues in Dramatic Literature (Integrative)
  • ENGL 415: Advanced Studies in World Literature
  • ENGL 306: South Asian Writers (Diversity)
  • ENGL 303: English Romanticism
  • ENGL 302: Modern Literary History
  • ENGL 301: Ancient Literary History
  • ENGL 222: World Literature II
  • ENGL 221: World Literature I
  • ENGL 102: Composition and Literature
  • ENGL 100: Basic Composition

Selected Presentations

  • "To name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep": Vocation and Controversy in the Satanic Verses affair. Public Address for Banned Books Week at the Timbrook Library, Lynchburg, VA (September 2016).
  • "'Making a Killing': Arthur Miller's critique of Franklinian business practice in All My Sons," American Literature Association Symposium, San Antonio, TX (February 2015).
  • "A Christian Critique of Romanticism," Faith Learning Integration Roundtable Discussion Series, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA (April 2013).
  • "'We may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us': Salman Rushdie and the Moral Prerogative of Memory," South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Durham, NC (November 2012).
  • "'Getting Out of the Garden': A Pedagogical-Critical Approach to the stories of Jhumpa Lahiri," Zeta Tau Literary Conference, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA (March 2012).
  • "Fictions are Lies that Tell the Truth: Toward a Christian Practice of Story-telling," Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony Address, Lynchburg, VA (February 2012).
  • "In the Bedroom: Ambivalent Visions of Family and Justice," Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature, Montreat College, Montreat, NC (April 2010).
  • "Resisting Ideological Control: Freedom and Feminism in Ibsen's A Doll House," Liberty University's Public Lecture, Lynchburg, VA (March 2009).
  • "The Truth is God's, it isn't man's...who can judge of it - who can say?: James and Moral Imperatives of Ambiguity," Pennsylvania College Association Conference (PCEA), State College, PA (April 2008).

Institutional/Christian/Community Service

  • Graduate Faculty (Fall 2014-Present)
  • Syllabus Review Committee, College of General Studies (Fall 2011-Present)
  • Faculty Reader for Liberty University Quiz Bowl Team (Fall 2008-Spring 2009; Spring 2015-Present)
  • Elder, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg, VA (2015-Present)
  • Leader of mid-week small group Bible study (2014-Present)
  • Room Supervisor/proctor for MPRE, PRAXIS, LSAT exams, CASAS, Liberty University (2013-Present)
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