Dr. Chris Hair

Dr. Chris Hair

Associate Professor of English
Associate Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Division Chair, Language and Literature

Office Location Owens Hall, 205
Phone (Office) 405.585.4248
OBU Mailbox # 61195
Email christopher.hair@okbu.edu

Biography

Dr. Hair came to OBU in fall 2017 after serving as Chair of the English Department and of the Honors Program at Emmanuel College in Georgia. His teaching and research areas include British literature in general; British Renaissance literature, especially John Milton; C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien; utopian literature; Early Modern women writers; and composition. In particular, he is interested in the borderlands between ideal and actual, which he believes is the subject of many great works of literature but also the place where Christians live and work in this world.

Dr. Hair, his wife, and his four children live in Shawnee. He enjoys running, coaching, and enjoying his family. He is looking forward to getting to know the OBU family and getting to know the area.

Education

• B.A., Baylor University
• M.A., Baylor University
• Ph.D., University of Kentucky
• Dissertation: “Seventeenth Century Discord and the Paradise Within: Genesis in the Works of Winstanley, Milton, Hutchinson, and Cavendish”

Courses Taught

• ENGL 1153: English Composition: Exposition & Argument
• ENGL 1163: English Composition and Classical Literature
• ENGL 2053: Literature of the Western World II

Publications and Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

“The Flaw in Paradise: The Critique of Idealism in Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World.” 
Renaissance Papers 2007.
“Satan Illustrated and Interpreted: Interaction of Linguistic and Bibliographic Code in the 1688 
Paradise Lost.” Kentucky Philological Review 14 (2000).

CONFERENCES and PRESENTATIONS

“The Flaw in Paradise: The Critique of Idealism in Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World.” 
Southeastern Renaissance Conference, Athens, Georgia, October 12, 2007.

“Female Princes: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Politics of Mary and Elizabeth.” 
Kalamazoo Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 4, 2001.

“The Public Persona of Mary Tudor.” 
Bluegrass Symposium, Lexington, Kentucky, May 4, 2001.

“Pamphilia to Cupid: Power and Love in Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.” 
Southeastern Renaissance Conference, Columbia, South Carolina, April 14, 2000.

“Satan Illustrated and Interpreted: Interaction of Linguistic and Bibliographic Code in the 1688 Paradise Lost.” 
Kentucky Philological Association Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, March 6, 1999. 

“Free Will in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.” 
Texas Medieval Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas, September 8, 1994.

SPECIAL CONFERENCE or PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, GA 2014-2015
SOTL Symposium of the South, October 2011