Todd Tietchen is an Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at UMass Lowell.

Todd Francis Tietchen, Ph.D.


College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
O'Leary Library - 479


20th and 21st Century Literature

Research Interests

Literature and the Environment, Literature of the Americas, Literature and Technology, Modern and Contemporary American Literature (with a transnational emphasis), Philosophy and Literature.


  • Ph D: English, (2005), University of Washington - Seattle, Wash.
  • MA: English, (1999), University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, N.M.
  • BA: English, (1996), Montclair State University - Montclair, N.J.


Todd Tietchen's articles have appeared in journals such as "Criticism, Mosaic, Western American Literature" and the "Journal for the Study of the Fantastic in the Arts," along with collections such as "The Cambridge Companion to the Beats" (Cambridge) and T"he Beats, Black Mountain, and New Modes in American Poetry" (Clemson). He is the author of "The Cubalogues: Beat Writers in Revolutionary Havana" (Florida) and "Technomodern Poetics: The American Literary Avant-garde at the Start of the Information Age" (Iowa). He has also served as the editor of three separate volumes of the works of Jack Kerouac: "The Haunted Life and Other Writings" (Da Capo), "Visions of Cody, Visions of Gerard, Big Sur" (Library of America), and "The Unknown Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished & Newly Translated Writings" (Library of America).

Tietchen served as Chair of the English Department from 2019-2022.