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Christopher Schaberg

Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English

Christopher Schaberg
Christopher Schaberg

Christopher Schaberg is Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English, and an affiliated faculty member in Loyola's Environment Program. His scholarly interests include contemporary literature, critical theory, mobility studies, and the environmental humanities. 

Dr. Schaberg is the author of four books on airports and air travel: The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2012), The End of Airports (2015), and Airportness: The Nature of Flight (2017), and Grounded: Perpetual Flight . . . and Then the Pandemic (2020).

He is also the author of  The Work of Literature In An Age of Post-Truth (2018) and Searching for the Anthropocene: A Journey into the Environmental Humanities (2019).

Dr. Schaberg is founding co-editor (with Ian Bogost) of an essay and book series called Object Lessons which explores the hidden lives of ordinary things. This series offers hands-on opportunities for Loyola students who are interested in nonfiction writing as well as working in editing and publishing.


Ph.D., University of California Davis; M.A., Montana State University-Bozeman; B.A., Hillsdale College

Classes Taught

  • Writing About Texts
  • 20th-Century American Fiction
  • Reading Historically II
  • Apocalypticism in Contemporary Literature & Theory
  • Interpretive Approaches
  • Reading (w/) the Digital Human
  • "Thinking Space" (A First-Year Seminar)
  • Environmental Theory
  • Great Figures Seminar: David Foster Wallace
  • Contemporary Nonfiction 
  • Literature & Environment
  • "Interpreting Airports" (An Honors First-Year Seminar) 
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Areas of Expertise

Airports & air travel, contemporary literature, critical theory, cultural studies, environmental humanities, creative nonfiction, editing & publishing.