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Christopher Schaberg

Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English


Ph.D., University of California Davis

M.A., Montana State University-Bozeman

B.A., Hillsdale College


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Center for Editing and Publishing
  • English
  • Environment


  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature
  • Popular Culture
  • Writing


Christopher Schaberg is Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English, and an affiliated faculty member in Loyola's Environment Program. His scholarly interests include contemporary literature, creative nonfiction, cultural studies, critical theory, editing and publishing, and the environmental humanities. 

Dr. Schaberg is the author of three books on airports and air travel: The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2012), The End of Airports (2015), and Airportness: The Nature of Flight (2017). 

He has also co-edited two essay collections, Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014, with Robert Bennett) and Airplane Reading (2016, with Mark Yakich). 

His latest book, called The Work of Literature In An Age of Post-Truth (2018), reflects on teaching, reading, and writing in the early twenty-first century. 

Dr. Schaberg is founding co-editor (with Ian Bogost) of an essay and book series called Object Lessons which explores the hidden lives of ordinary things. This series offers hands-on opportunities for Loyola students who are interested in nonfiction writing as well as working in editing and publishing.

Classes Taught

  • Writing About Texts
  • 20th-Century American Fiction
  • Reading Historically II
  • Apocalypticism in Contemporary Literature & Theory
  • Interpretive Approaches
  • Reading (w/) the Digital Human
  • "Thinking Space" (A First-Year Seminar)
  • Environmental Theory
  • Great Figures Seminar: David Foster Wallace
  • Contemporary Nonfiction 
  • Literature & Environment
  • "Interpreting Airports" (An Honors First-Year Seminar) 
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Areas of Expertise

  • Airports & air travel
  • Contemporary literature
  • Critical theory
  • Cultural studies
  • Environmental humanities
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Editing & publishing.