Brian Martin

Humanities & English





M.A.  Literature.  Oregon State University, 2008.

B.A.  Literature.  University of Washington, 2006.

B.A.  History.  Western Washington University, 1991.


Courses taught

  • English 101
  • English 102
  • English 271/272  Beginning Poetry Writing (Winter 2016)
  • Humanities 111  The Ancient World
  • Humanities 112  Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Revolution


Interests (academic & personal)

  • Understanding our world's religions.
  • Composition: writing that is clear, interesting, sophisticated, and supported by good reasoning and evidence.
  • The Theory of Biological Evolution
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Poetry
  • Philology


Short Lists of favorites

  • Novelists & poets: Walt Whitman, Jack Kerouac, Kim Addonizio, Herman Melville, Jonathan Franzen, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Philip Levine, Cormac McCarthy, Emily Dickinson, Marina Tsvetaeva, Emily Brontë, Louise Gluck.
  • Historians: Gordon Wood, Jon Meacham, John Keegan, Richard Beeman, Perry Miller, Toby Wilkinson.
  • Religious scholars: Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong, Stephen Prothero, Richard E. Friedman (Who Wrote the Bible?), Dennis MacDonald (The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark).
  • Philosophers: René Descartes, Albert Camus, the author of The Book of Ecclesiastes, Voltaire, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bryan Magee (Confessions of a Philosopher), Aristotle, Thomas Paine, Robert Fogelin
    (Walking the Tightrope of Reason).