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Dr. Stephen Barnes

English Department
Office: Heard 122
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8008900 College St, Box 8008BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4562(254) 295-4562
Subjects Taught: Rhetoric and Composition I & II; Survey of American Literature to 1890; Survey of American Literature since 1890; Survey of British Literature to 1785; Survey of British Literature since 1785; Advanced Grammar; Religion and Literature; Introduction to World Masterpieces
Degrees Earned: B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.A., University of Dallas; Ph.D., University of Dallas

Stephen Barnes has been a member of UMHB’s English Department since the fall of 2011.  A native of Oklahoma, Barnes holds a B.S. in Education from Oklahoma State University and began his teaching career in Mongolia, serving with English Language Insitute/China from 1993-95.  From 1997 to 1999, Barnes taught secondary humanities courses at Whitefield Academy in Overland Park, Kansas.  He completed graduate studies at the University of Dallas (UD), earning both an M.A. in English (2005) and a Ph.D. in literature (2006) from UD’s Institute of Philosophic Studies.  Prior to coming to UMHB, Dr. Barnes was on the faculty of College of the Ozarks (Pt. Lookout, MO) and Shorter University (Rome, GA).  Additionally, he taught as a Fulbright Scholar at Daugavpils University (Latvia) during the 2008-09 academic year.  His varied literary interests have allowed him to publish on the poetry of Robert Frost, the works of William Faulkner, the Sonnets of William Shakespeare, and the novels of Mikhail Bulgakov and Fyodor Dostoevsky.  He has also published on such non-literary topics as the theology of Radical Orthodoxy, the rhetorical theory of Ernesto Grassi, and the political imagination of Latvia.  He and his wife, Alyssan, have three daughters.

Research Interests
  • Philosophy of literature
  • Parables
  • William Faulkner 
  • Wendell Berry
  • Czeslaw Milosz