Faculty Profile

Jason Vredenburg

Email: [email protected]
School:  College of Arts & Letters
Department:  CAL 105 / CAL 103 / The Freshman Experience / Science and Technology Studies / Science, Technology & Society

Ph.D., English (Graduate Minor in Cinema Studies), University of Illinois, 2013

M.A., English, University of Illinois, 2006

B.A., English, University of Oklahoma, 2005

B.A., Journalism, University of Oklahoma, 1998


20th-century American Literature, 19th-century American literature, cinema studies, television studies, automobility and automobile culture, infrastructure studies

General Information

My current project, which evolved from my dissertation, examines the automobile not as a technology of transportation but as a technology of communication. I demonstrate that even as advances in the communication capabilities of the automobile expanded the power of the surveillance state, artists at various stages in this development harnessed the communicative power of the automobile to articulate creative and political responses to that expansion. I analyze the roles that the automobile plays in the content and production of a variety of literary and filmic texts, including works by Edith Wharton, Sinclair Lewis, Raymond Chandler, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Joan Didion, Edward Abbey, and Don Delillo.

Honors & Awards

2011-2012 University of Illinois, Graduate College Fellowship

2005-2006 University of Illinois, Departmental Fellowship (English Department)

University of Illinois Teachers Rated Excellent (multiple semesters and courses)

Selected Publications
  1. Jason Vredenburg. (2008). "Forging a Pedagogical Community", Pedagogy. With Dale Bauer, et al. . (8), 179-193.
  2. Jason Vredenburg. (2013). "What Happens in Vegas: Hunter S. Thompsonís Political Philosophy", Journal of American Studies. (47.1), 149-170.
Conference Proceedings
  1. Jason Vredenburg. (Mar 2010). "Romance, Mayhem, and Murder: The Roadside Motel and the American Road", Joint Conference of the American Cultural Association and the Popular Culture Associations.
  2. Jason Vredenburg. (Nov 2012). "The Early Automobile and the Transformation of Travel in Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser", Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.
  • CAL 103 Writing And Communications Colloquium
  • CAL 105 CAL Colloquium: Knowledge, Nature, Culture