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Scott F. Stoddart,

Professor & Chair of English

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About Dr. Stoddart

Dr. Scott F. Stoddart is an Associate Professor of English, and teaches courses in American literature, cinema studies, and musical theatre history. He currently serves as the Interim Department Chair.

He has a doctorate in American Literature and Cinema from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his Master’s in American and British Literature. He has a BA from the University of Maine at Farmington, with majors in both English and History, and minors in Secondary Education and Theatre. He has published over 30 essays on the fiction of Henry James, E. M. Forster, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Patricia Highsmith; the musical plays of Stephen Sondheim; and the films of the Coen Brothers, Tom Ford, Jane Campion, Jack Clayton, George Cukor, John Ford, Oliver Stone and Martin Scorsese. He has also published on the image of the president in Hollywood film and in television.

He is a host of the Sundance television series Love / Lust. He is also a contributing correspondent for the PBS series American Icons. And he was a featured contributor to the Smithsonian Channel series The Real Mad Men of Advertising. He has published five books: Exploring Downton Abbey: Critical Essays on the PBS Series (McFarland, 2018); True Detective, co-edited by Michael Samuel (Lexington, 2017); The New Western: Critical Essays on the Genre since 9/11 (McFarland, 2015); Analyzing Mad Men: Critical Essays on the Television Series (McFarland, 2011) and The 1980s: American Popular Culture through History (Greenwood, 2006).

Career & Accomplishments


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. M.A.

  • University of Maine, B.A.