Todd is an English Professor and Director of Composition at Defiance College. While his dissertation focused on postmodernism and community, his most recent work is at the intersection of disability and ecology.
Recently, winter, 2018, Todd published “The Politics of Disability in Octavia Butler‘s Kindred” in the Journal of Narrative Theory. He is also, with Dr. Christine Junker, currently co-editing a journal issue for Studies in the Humanities focused on the intersection of disability studies and ecocriticism. The CFP is online here. Todd, along with professors in Design and Communication, is leading a student trip to Detroit on March 25. Students will tour the Detroit Institute of Art and experience a special viewing of Carl Dreyer’s Joan of Arc: The Rackham Choir will accompany the silent film and perform composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light.
In the spring of 2017, Todd gave the keynote address at the SAGES Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference (Akron, Ohio). His talk was entitled “Birth and the Mourning After: Posthumanism.” In 2016, Todd published “The Hidden Architecture of Disability in Chris Ware’s Building Stories” (in Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives) and the “The Disabled Hero: Being and Ethics in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings” (Mythlore). Todd has co-edited Terror and the Cinematic Sublime: Essays on Violence and the Unpresentable in Post-9/11 Film and Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore. Todd has also published on Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Big Lebowski, Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, Flann O’Brien’s At-Swim-Two-Birds, and Doctor Who.
Todd’s next book, a monograph under contract with Bloomsbury, will involve an ecological analysis of the films of Peter Weir.
Professor of English
Director of Composition
122 Schauffler Hall
Defiance, OH 43512