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John Singleton (G'10)

John Singleton (G'10)


Assistant Professor of English




Jon Singleton graduated from the English PhD program in 2010 and is now Assistant Professor of English at Harding University. His dissertation was titled The Suspension of (Dis)Belief: Novel and Bible in Victorian Society. He is currently researching how transformations in religious faith and spiritual experience are reflected in nineteenth-century literature, as well as trends in secularization and religious resurgence today.

How has your experience as a PhD student at Syracuse helped you succeed?
Graduate English studies at Syracuse equipped and then launched me into a successful and highly satisfying career. Syracuse's rigorous and demanding yet constantly supportive faculty opened up doors I never even expected to find: doors to serendipitous discoveries in London archives, to networking with major scholars at international conferences, to working effectively and easily with colleagues and administrators amid the many tensions of a university, to publishing original and fulfilling scholarly work. I had a wonderful experience and received world-class training in every aspect of being a scholar — in research, writing, teaching, and service to our profession.

Though still a New Yorker at heart, Jon lives in the small college town of Searcy, Arkansas, with his wife Julie and their three children. Outside his work as a professor, he enjoys puttering in their small vegetable garden (a new pursuit for him, since moving to Arkansas), painting, and learning classical guitar.