Dean, The School of the Humanities; Professor
Dr. Roessner is a professor of English and dean of the School of Humanities at Mercyhurst. He teaches classes in contemporary literature, popular music and literature, cultural studies, and creative writing.
His research focuses on popular music, contemporary literature, and interdisciplinary studies, with a special interest in creativity theory. He is co-editor of Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction (Bloomsbury), and his publications include multiple essays on The Beatles, along with articles on The Velvet Underground, rock mockumentaries, the post-confessional lyricism of R.E.M., protest music in the wake of 9/11, and satellite radio and the re-conception of musical genres. His literary scholarship includes studies of post-postmodernism in the works of Roddy Doyle and historiographic writing by Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson, and Alison Bechdel, among others. A longtime musician, he has also published a book on songwriting, Creative Guitar: Writing Rock Songs with Originality (Mel Bay).