Dr. Conor Picken

Assistant Professor, English
Director of Compassio Learning Community
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2013

Office: Alumni 117
Email: cpicken@bellarmine.edu

Conor Picken is an Assistant Professor of English and the Faculty Director of the Compassio Learning Community. His teaching and research encompass 20th- and 21st-century American Literature, southern literature, modernism, and social change. Dr. Picken teaches courses on William Faulkner, southern literature on the margins, social inequality and The Wire, and the gateway criticism/theory course for English majors. He is currently co-editing a collection on alcohol and drinking in southern literature and culture.

Having attended a liberal arts college as an undergraduate, Dr. Picken believes strongly in the value that a Bellarmine University education provides for all of its students. His favorite part of being an English professor is mentoring students in and out of the classroom. 

Select Publications and Presentations

  • “The Noble Experiment? Faulkner’s Two Prohibitions.” Faulkner and History. Eds. Jay Watson and James G. Thomas. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017.
  • “Drunk and Disorderly: Alcoholism in William Faulkner's Sanctuary.” Mississippi Quarterly 67.3 (Summer 2014 [2016]).
  • “‘There Ought to Be a Law’: Prohibition in Faulkner and Warren.” Faulkner and Warren. Eds Christopher Rieger and Robert W. Hamblin. Cape Girardeau: Southeast Missouri State University Press for the Center for Faulkner Studies, 2015. 138-149.
  • “‘All growth involves change, all change involves loss.’ Modernism, Mourning, and Social Change in Gish Jen’s Mona in the Promised Land.” Critical Insights: American Multicultural Identity Eds. Linda Trinh Moser and Kathryn West. Ipswich: Salem Press, 2014. 200-214.