Dr. Conor Picken

Chair and Associate Professor, English
Director of Compassio Learning Community
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2013

Office: Alumni 117
Email: cpicken@bellarmine.edu

Conor Picken is Chair and an Associate Professor of English. His teaching and research encompass 20th- and 21st-century American Literature, southern literature, modernism, postmodernism, and social change. Dr. Picken teaches courses on William Faulkner, southern literature on the margins, postmodernism, and the gateway criticism/theory course for English majors.

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

  • Southern Comforts: Drinking and the U.S. South. Co-edited with Matthew Dischinger. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2020. 
  • “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]).