Craig Svonkin

Degree: Ph.D.


Department: English

Craig Svonkin


Art/Fine Arts Cinema Literature and Theatre Movies/Film/TV Streaming Pop Culture Rhetoric Writing


  • American Literature
  • American Poetry
  • American Film (Amusement Parks, Disney, Lucas, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics)
  • American Popular Culture
  • Children’s Literature and Culture (Disney, Harry Potter, Children’s Fantasy, Children’s Poetry, Children’s Film, Animation)


Craig Svonkin, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His expertise is in amusement parks, children’s literature and poetry.

In addition to teaching, Svonkin is the executive director of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. He has quite a few publications including “A Southern California Boyhood in the Simu-Southland Shadows of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” published in the book “Disneyland and Culture: Essays on the Parks and Their Influence” and “From Disneyland to Modesto: George Lucas and Walt Disney” published in the book Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology.” His latest publication, “The Bloomsbury Handbook of Contemporary American Poetry,” includes interviews with over ten renowned American poets, and has been deemed as the “moby dick of poetry books” for its vast array of topic discussions.

Svonkin is often called upon to share his expertise on pop culture topics related to amusement parks, Disney, Sesame Street, Harry Potter and The Muppets. He is a member of the Modern Language Association, the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, the American Literature Association and the Oceanic Popular Culture Association. His research interests include American literature, children’s literature, and American film and visual culture.

Svonkin received his Ph.D., in English from University of California, Riverside in 2008, his master’s in English from California State University, Los Angeles in 1997 and his bachelor’s in English from University of Southern California in 1986.


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