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Jeffrey Chisum

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1980
Office: JEF 150


Biographical Sketch

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Chisum holds academic degrees in Cinematic Arts, English (magna cum laude), and Literature & Creative Writing. As a teacher of writing, he specializes in curriculum development and assignment design, and was responsible for creating and implementing the General Education course, WRIT 150: Issues in Aesthetics.  In 2013, he was awarded “Master Teacher” status by the USC Writing Program’s Mentoring Committee.


A native son of rural Nevada, his scholarly work focuses on the literature and culture of the American West, with a special emphasis on the Great Basin region. He has given academic papers on the Reno poet Joanne de Longchamps, on Roberto Bolaño’s epic border novel 2666, and on the television series Breaking Bad.  His essay, “The Lost Works of Walter Van Tilburg Clark” appeared in the journal Western American Literature, and he was commissioned by Nevada Humanities to contribute an entry on “Nevada Noir” to the Online Nevada Encyclopedia.


He is also a fiction writer, and his short stories have appeared in L.A. Weekly, The Mississippi Review, and elsewhere.



Ph.D. Literature & Creative Writing, University of Southern California, 2007
M.A. English, University of Southern California, 2005
B.A. Cinema-Television, University of Southern California, 2001
B.A. English, University of Southern California, 2001
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