Dr. Aaron DeRosa earned his PhD in American Literature since 1865 at Purdue University, and holds the position of Assistant Professor of Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century Literature at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His scholarship has appeared in Studies in the Novel, Arizona Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, The Journal of Literary Theory, and the edited collection Portraying 9/11. He has presented at the American Studies Association, American Literature Assocation, an international conference on Trauma, and will present at the Modern Languages Association conference in 2014. His current manuscript project, Evolving Wounds: Cultural Trauma, the Atomic Bomb, and 9/11, traces Cold War resonances in post-9/11 American culture. He is also the recipient of the 2013-2014 "Provost Teacher-Scholar Grant" at Cal Poly Pomona. His research interests include post-9/11 culture, nostalgia and temporality, trauma and cultural trauma, narratology and cognitive science, the Cold War, and African American fiction.
Over the last decade, Dr. DeRosa has committed himself to student learning, professionalization, and advocacy. He helped to create, fund, and award the first Emerging Scholars Travel Grant at Purdue University, and at Cal Poly Pomona he has developed student manuals for reading, analyzing, and writing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These resources help students achieve their full potential, and he marshals class discussions, lectures, workshops, outside-class interactions, and assignments toward the development of that potential. His classes promote literary appreciation and professional development through innovative skill-based assignments that reflect the contemporary world students will soon engage.
In 2013, students awarded him the “Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award,” and in 2012 he was granted a Teaching Recognition from the Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) and Office of the Provost at Purdue University.