Dr. Richard Ruppel

Dr. Richard Ruppel

Professor, Director, General Education Program
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English, Department of Peace Studies
Office Location: Smith Hall 07
Office Hours: T/W/TH 10:30am – 11:30am and by appointment
Phone: (714) 997-6754
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
First-year Foundations Program
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts (Latin)
Duke University, Master of Arts
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D.


Richard Ruppel completed his undergraduate degree in Honors English and History at the University of Michigan (1976), and he earned an MA in English at Duke University (1978) and a PhD in English Literature at UNC Chapel Hill (1988). He has taught at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, and the University of Michigan; he came to Chapman in 2006 from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he was department chair and director of the Honors Program. His primary research interest is the work of Joseph Conrad; he's published books and essays and given numerous papers on various aspects of his work. His most recent publication, a monograph entitled A Political Genealogy of Joseph Conrad, appeared at the end of 2014.  He is at work on a book concerned with the intersection of literature and neuroscience. 

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

“History, Cognition and Nostromo: Conrad’s Explorations of Torture, Trauma, and the Human Rage for Order.” Modern Fiction Studies, 68.4, (Winter, 2022): 748-771
Levin, Yael. Joseph Conrad: Slow Modernism. Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, 19.2, June 2021: 383-386.
Conrad and Language, eds. Katherine Isobel Baxter and Robert Hampson. ELT Journal. 60.4 (June 2017): 61-66.
A Political Genealogy of Joseph Conrad. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2015.
Brian Artese, Testimony on Trial: Conrad, James, and the Contest for Modernism. Joseph Conrad Today. 40.1 (Spring 2015): 9-11.
“Introduction” to the first translation into Chinese of Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes, by Zhao Ting. Shanghai: Shanghai Yiwen Press, 2014.
John G. Peters, Joseph Conrad’s Critical Reception. Studies in the Novel. 46.2 (Summer, 2014): 269-271
“Colonial Literature.” Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Fiction Vol. 1. ed. Brian Shaffer. Blackwell, 2010.
‘Pathos and Fun’: Conrad and Harper’s Magazine.” Conradiana. 41.2 (Fall, 2009): 176-200.
“Why Conrad (Still) Matters.” Wilkinson Review: The Chapman University, Wilkinson College Magazine. 1.2 (Fall/Winter, 2008): 7-11.