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Dr. Thomas J. LynnAssociate Professor of English

Ph.D., English, University of Arkansas

M.A., English, University of Michigan

M.S.W., Policy and Planning Concentration, University of Michigan

B.A., English, Clark University

e-mail: TJL7@psu.edu
Phone: 610-396-6298
Fax: 610-396-6026
Office: 117 Franco Building


Dr. Thomas J. Lynn is Associate Professor of English at Penn State Berks. His scholarly and teaching interests include literature of Africa and the Diaspora, postcolonial literature, ancient literature, and folklore. Tom began at Penn State Berks in 1999, and in addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is the Coordinator of the Associate Degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Tom’s teaching experience includes five years as a secondary teacher at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he taught English, geography, and history. Tom has volunteered with a variety of service groups and has led numerous book discussions through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Reading Public Library.

Most Recent Publications:

"An Adequate Revolution: Achebe Writing Africa Anew." Things Fall Apart. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Critical Insights. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2011. 53-68.

"Catastrophe, Aftermath, Amnesia: Chinua Achebe's 'Civil Peace.'" Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies. 42.1-2 (2010): 73-88.

“Language and the Power of Subordination: Nigerian Pidgin in Achebe’s Fiction.” Journal of  Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. 12.2 (2005): 52-64.

"Tricksters Don’t Walk the Dogma: Nkem Nwankwos Danda.” College Literature 32.3 (2005): 1-20. 

"Language and Ambivalence in Achebe’s No Longer at Ease.” SORAC Journal of African Studies 3 (Fall 2005): 17-31.


Dr. Thomas J. Lynn