Steven Knepper, Ph.D.
Major Steven Knepper is Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies at Virginia Military Institute. He previously taught at Erskine College and the Miller School of Albemarle and held an associate fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He earned a Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Virginia, where he studied American literature and social thought.
Major Knepper grew up on a small dairy farm in Pennsylvania, and much of his scholarship focuses on literary and political representations of rural life. Other interests include Romanticism, southern literature, ethics, political theory, drama, and the history of criticism. His writings have appeared in journals such as Telos, The Hedgehog Review, and Studies in American Culture. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “The Garden as Machine: The Plantation Myth and the Great Depression.”
Major Knepper is committed to the development of student writers. He worked in the writing center at UVA; helped design the writing program at the Miller School; and helped develop new assessment procedures at Erskine.
Major Knepper first visited Lexington in 2005, when VMI hosted the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.