Paul L. Sawyer
Paul Sawyer came to the Cornell English department in 1975, after receiving his PhD from Columbia University. My academic specialization is Victorian literature, but in my teaching and writing, I've branched out to other areas. Most broadly, I'm interested in the intersection between culture, literature, and social justice. The course I've taught most often is English 2680. Culture and Politics in the 1960s. From 2006-2016, I've been director of the Knight Institute, which reflects my interest in writing and pedagogy at the university level. I've been a volunteer at Auburn Correctional Facility since about 1999, when I joined Pete Wetherbee—at that time Cornell's sole representative in a local prison. Since then, I've taught for-credit courses in English and writing at Auburn, served on the CPEP Advisory Board, and acted as faculty director of the program in 2013 (when the program offices were shared with the Knight Institute). The book I've taught most often at Cornell is The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which is the subject of the book I'm working on at the moment.
Some courses taught at Cornell:
English 2680. Culture and Politics in the 1960s
English 3600. Another World Is Possible: Writing on the Left since the 1960s
English XXX. Freedom Writes (spring 2017)
Writing 4100. Writing Behind Bars. This was a reflection course for undergraduate volunteers for CPEP and for other programs. Beginning in fall 2016 I'll be teaching a version of this course for the Prisons and Policing minor, hosted in the Government Department.