Kyle William Bishop
Southern Utah University
Professor of English
English Department Chair
Born in Cedar City, Utah, Dr. Kyle William Bishop graduated from Cedar City High School in 1992. He initially chose to study music at Brigham Young University, but he soon changed his major to humanities. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from BYU in 1998 with a BA in humanities with an art history emphasis (with minors in music performance, German, and English literature). He then attended the University of Utah in pursuit of a master’s degree in English. In 2000, Dr. Bishop graduated from that institution with an MA in English/American studies with a film emphasis under the mentorship of Thomas Sobchack.
After teaching a variety of business writing and computer application courses at Southern Utah University for six years, Dr. Bishop pursued a PhD in American literature and film from the University of Arizona, graduating in 2009 after just three years. His dissertation addressing the cultural relevance of zombie cinema--composed under the guidance of Susan White, Jerrold Hogle, and Carlos Gallego--was published by McFarland & Co., Publishers as American Zombie Gothic in 2010. His follow-up book, How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture, was published in 2015, and he co-edited a collection on zombie literature in 2017 with Angela Tenga, The Written Dead: Essays on the Literary Zombie (McFarland).
Dr. Bishop is currently a full professor in the English Department at SUU and teaches courses in film and television studies, American literature, genre fiction, and composition. Together with Todd Petersen, he pioneered SUU's interdisciplinary Film and Screen Studies minor. He is the series editor for McFarland's "Contributions to Zombie Studies."
Kyle is married to the incomparable Erin Shakespear, and they spend most of their time raising eight remarkable children.