Mitch Ploskonka comes from a small tobacco-farming town in central Kentucky. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, his Master’s degree from the University of Akron, and his PhD from Michigan State University. He has previously taught at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH. His research focuses on focuses on Southern literature, disability studies, and popular culture studies. His work can be found in journals like Mississippi Quarterly, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, The Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, The Cormac McCarthy Journal, The Popular Culture Studies Journal, books like The Hallmark Channel: Essays on Faith, Race and Feminism, and his upcoming co-edited collection Attack of the New B Movies: Essays on SYFY Original Films. As a teacher, Mitch promotes student-centered, inclusive pedagogy that teaches to the individual, putting at the forefront their interests, needs, and futures.
Previous Academic Institution(s):
Undergraduate degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, his Master’s degree from the University of Akron, and his PhD from Michigan State University.
What are some of your hobbies or interests?
Fishing, gardening, construction finishing work, horror films, and, of course, reading
Can you share a fun fact or something most people don't know about you?
He and his wife have two sons, ages three and five, as well as two bulldogs, a black lab, and a cat.
Why did you choose to join the CFAES faculty?
CFAES is an ideal match with my background in an agricultural community, teaching experience, and research in regional, rural, and blue-collar studies.