Associate Professor of Instruction

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(215) 204-1789
1126 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk


First Year Writing, 20th Century U.S. Literature, Disability Studies


Josh Lukin teaches full-time in Temple University’s First-Year Writing Program, where he has earned five Outstanding Teacher citations and been inducted into the Instructors’ Hall of Fame; he has also taught literature courses in the history of criticism, contemporary global fiction, noir film and fiction, and social issues in literature. His scholarly interests are U.S. Fiction since 1945 and Disability Studies. Josh has published articles, reviews, and interviews in such venues as Journal of Modern Literature, MLN, minnesota review, Twentieth-Century Literature, and the Encyclopedia of American Disability History. He is the editor of Invisible Suburbs: Recovering Protest Fiction in the 1950s United States (University Press of Mississippi, 2008), an anthology in which he and six other scholars look at how, in an era where older modes of resistance were discredited, stigmatized, or destroyed, literature illuminated the efforts of marginalized groups to salvage or to reconceptualize their struggles for rights and recognition.

Dr. Lukin has served on the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession and on Temple’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability. His work has been taught at many schools, among them the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, Purdue North Central, the University of Minnesota, University of Sussex, CUNY Graduate Center, Central Michigan University, National Chiao Tung University, the University of Chicago, San Diego State University, Southern Illinois University, and Haverford College. His current projects include a collection of his interviews with feminist authors and Noir Recognitions, a study of identity in the 1950s novels of Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and Philip Dick. He lives in Philadelphia and enjoys dining out, folksinging, classical theater, chamber music, and feline companionship.

Selected Publications

  • “Disability and Blackness.” In The Disability Studies Reader, 4th edition, ed. Lennard J. Davis. New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • Reference Articles: “Jim Thompson” and “Samuel Delany.” In The Encyclopedia of 20th Century American Fiction, eds. David Madden, Justus Nieland, and Patrick O’Donnell. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • “Identity-Shopping and Postwar Self-Improvement in Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train.” jml: Journal of Modern Literature 33.4 (Summer 2010).
  • Reference Articles: “The Black Panther Party” and “The Men.” In Encyclopedia of American Disability History, ed. Susan Burch. New York: Facts on File, 2009.
  • “The Resistant Body: Disability, History, and Classical Heroism in Whitehead’s Apex Hides the Hurt.” Engaging Tradition, Making It New: Essays on Teaching Recent African American Literature, eds. Stephanie Brown and Eva Tettenborn. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
  • As Editor: Invisible Suburbs: Recovering Protest Fiction in the 1950s United States. Jackson MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2008.
  • “About Samuel Delany.” the minnesota review 65-66 (Fall 2006).
  • “Cold War Masculinity in the Early Work of Kate Wilhelm.” In Daughters of Earth: Twentieth Century Feminist Science Fiction, ed. Justine Larbalestier. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 2006.

Courses Taught

  • English 0701: Introduction to Academic Discourse
  • English 0802: Analytical Reading and Writing
  • American Literature
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Literature and Criticism
  • Issues in Contemporary Literature
  • American Literature and Society
  • Contemporary Criticism
  • Dissent in America