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Mark Bracher


Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1981

Mark Bracher's teaching and research center on the question of how literary study in particular and education in general can help students become more fulfilled individuals and more productive and socially responsible members of society.  More specifically, by drawing on psychoanalytic theory, social psychology, and cognitive science, Bracher works to formulate educational and other cultural strategies for reducing social injustice, including not only  racism, colonialism, sexism, and homophobia but also the obscene and growing disparities in wealth and well being within both American society and the world at large.  His research investigates, and his teaching attempts to implement, the development of capacities and habits of perception, analysis, reflection, and feeling that are necessary for recognizing social injustice, understanding its root causes, formulating effective interventions to counter it, and being motivated to take action against it.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
  • "How to Teach for Social Justice: Lessons from Uncle Tom's Cabin and Cognitive Science." College English 71, 4 (March 2009): 363-388.
  • "Schema Criticism: Literature, Cognitive Science, and Social Justice." College Literature 39 (Fall 2012): 84-117.
Research Areas
  • How Literary Study Can Promote Social Justice
  • How Literary Study Can Promote Psychological Development
  • Root Causes and Solutions of Social Problems
  • Human Motivation
Modern Language Association
Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society
Mark Bracher
Department of English
Phone: 330-672-2665
Spring 2015
  • ENG 22072 - 001 Great Books Ii
  • ENG 78096 - 004 Individual Investigation
  • ENG 89299 - 006 Dissertation Ii
Summer 2015
  • ENG 33002 - 030 U . S . Lit From 1865 To 1945
  • ENG 89299 - 025 Dissertation Ii
Fall 2015
  • ENG 89299 - 005 Dissertation Ii