Todd Kuchta

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Todd Kuchta
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Chair and Associate Professor of English
(269) 387-2571
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Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
  • Ph.D., English, Indiana University, 2003
  • M.A., English, John Carroll University, 1994
  • B.A., English, John Carroll University, 1992

Dr. Todd Kuchta is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at Western Michigan University. He is also an allied faculty member with WMU’s program in Global and International Studies. 

His research focuses on British, postcolonial, and global Anglophone fiction of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He is the author of Semi-Detached Empire: Suburbia and the Colonization of Britain, 1880 to the Present (Virginia), as well as essays on Salman Rushdie, Romesh Gunesekera, and 9/11 fiction. His recent research has shifted toward the environmental humanities and narratives of climate change, particularly in relation to South Asia’s history of colonization.

In 2017, Dr. Kuchta traveled to India as part of a grant funded by the US Department of Education. In 2020, he was awarded a Climate Change Teaching Fellowship by the WMU Climate Change Working Group. 

At WMU, Dr. Kuchta teaches a wide variety of courses, including: 

  • ENGL 1100: Literary interpretation
  • ENGL 3080: Quest for Self
  • ENGL 3130: Asian Literature
  • ENGL 3310: British Literature II
  • ENGL 4150: Literary Theory
  • ENGL 4440: Studies in the Novel
  • ENGL 5380: Modern British Literature
  • ENGL 5390: Postcolonial Literature

Recent special topics courses include: 

  • ENGL 5970: The Anthropocene Novel           
  • ENGL 5970: Contemporary Novels of South Asia
  • ENGL 2070: The Bildungsroman
  • ENGL 6450: Toward a Global Novel
  • ENGL 5400: Contemporary Literature—Global Fictions

Dr. Kuchta also serves on the advisory board for WMU’s Center for the Humanities.