William Bowden




William Bowden is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in English at the University of Rhode Island. His research interests include: 20 and 21st century British and North American literature, ecocriticism, ethics, and indigenous literature and culture. He is currently beginning a dissertation project entitled “Textual Sediments: Genre and the Planetary Novel.”

His research on pedagogy and social-emotional learning is found in JAMLE: Journal For Media Literacy Education (2015) and in public-facing venues such as The Current and During Office Hours. Bowden has also written a piece on Virginia Woolf and creative writing as a pedagogical form. This work can be found in TMR: The Modernist Review (UK).

Bowden has taught several sections of Introduction to Composition, Introduction to Literature, and World Literature, and has interdisciplinary experience serving as a Teaching Assistant for a course on technology and ethics housed by the Computer Science Department at the University of Rhode Island. He is currently collaborating with a colleague at the Center for Career and Experiential Education at URI to create opportunities for workshops and other forms of support for the university’s significant population of first-generation college students.




Contemporary transatlantic literature, mobility studies, critical university studies, indigenous literature and culture, and the ethics of technology.

Selected Publications

“Becoming Comfortable with Failure in the Writing Process.” (2018). The Current.http://thecurrent.educatorinnovator.org/site-blog/becoming-comfortable-failure-writing-process/6878

“Collaboration, Pedagogy, and Media: Short-Term Summer Program Emphasizes Project Based and Social-Emotional Learning.” (2015). Journal for Media Literacy Education: http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jmle/vol7/iss1/8/

Courses Taught

WRT 104: Writing to Inform and Explain
ENG 110: Introduction to Literature
ENG 160: World Literature