Gary Hoppenstand is a professor of American Studies teaching in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. He has published fourteen books, seven scholarly reprint editions of classics novels for Signet Classics and Penguin Classics, and over fifty scholarly articles on topics ranging from popular culture studies, to literary studies, to media studies. His work as editor of the periodical, Midnight Sun, has been twice nominated for the World Fantasy Award, one of the nation’s top literary awards, and his Popular Fiction: An Anthology (Longman) won the Popular Culture Association’s Ray and Pat Browne Award in the Textbook/Reference category for 1997.

As the series editor of the six-volume Greenwood World Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, he was again the recipient of the Ray and Pat Browne Award for 2007 for Reference/Primary Source Work. He is a former Area Chair, Vice-President, and President of the national Popular Culture Association, and for the past seven years he has served as the editor of The Journal of Popular Culture, the most widely read and respected peer-reviewed scholarly journal in its field in the world.

He won the top scholarly honor of the national Popular Culture Association—The Governing Board Award—in 2008 (“for his contributions to popular culture studies and the Popular Culture Association”). At Michigan State University, he won the College of Arts & Letters 2008 Paul Varg Award for Faculty (“in recognition of outstanding teaching and scholarly achievement”), and Michigan State University’s 2008 The Distinguished Faculty Award (“in recognition of outstanding contributions to the intellectual development of the University”).

Frequently Dr. Hoppenstand is interviewed regarding popular culture and events in the media. One of his interviews with the PBS station WKAR in East Lansing regarding James Bond films can be heard by clicking the following link:

Dr. Hoppenstand can be reached at:

Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures

Michigan State University

235 Bessey Hall

East Lansing, MI 48824

Or, find out more by visiting his website at



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Popular Fiction: An Anthology


The Journal of Popular Culture

The Monkey's Paw and Other Tales of Mystery and the Macabre