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Stephen Armstrong

Assc Professor



Rick Armstrong has been a full-time faculty member at Kingsborough since 2004. He has also taught at Hostos Community College (CUNY), Bronx Community College (CUNY), and East Carolina University. He is the faculty advisor to Kingsborough's National Model United Nations Program in addition to supervising the Honors Reading Circle which brings major authors to campus to discuss contemporary issues. He has taught in Kingsborough's Opening Doors Learning Communities program since 2005.


English W: Preparation for the CUNY Writing Test
English 92: Developing Competence in Reading and Writing
English 93: Developing Competence in Writing
English 12: Freshman Composition I
English 24: Composition II
English 30: Introduction to Literature
English 73: Themes in American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865
English 74: Themes in American Literature II: 1865-Present
Political Science 71: International Organizations


BA University of California Berkeley
MA SUNY Stony Brook
PhD City University of New York Graduate School and University Center

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

“Altman/Nixon/Reagan: Honorable Secrets, Historical Analogies, and the Nexus of Anger” Companion to Robert Altman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)

The New Criticism: Formalist Literary Theory in America (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) co-editor

“Elucidating the Pleasures of the Text” in The New Criticism: Formalist Literary Theory in America (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013)

“First Principles of Morals: Evolutionary Morality and American Naturalist Writers” in The Oxford Handbook to American Literary Naturalism (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Robert Altman: Critical Essays (McFarland Press, 2011) editor

“Brewster McCloud’s Sixties Hangover” in Robert Altman: Critical Essays (McFarland Press, 2011)

Papers Presented

“Democratic Discourse and Action in Courses: How Do You Actually Do It?” The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, January 2014

Introduction/Post-Screening Talk for film Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, May 2013