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James E. Doan, Ph.D.

James Doan
Dept. of Literature and Modern Languages
(954) 262-8207
Office: Parker 303


  • Ph.D. Harvard University
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. Harvard University
  • B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

Professional Interests

James Doan, Ph.D., is a Professor of humanities in the Department of Literature and Modern Languages in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS). Since 1988, he has taught courses at NSU in literature, the arts, folklore, mythology and world religions. He is an active member of the Farquhar Honors College, having developed a course in Genetics and Genealogy with a colleague in biology. He has chaired a faculty lecture series at the university for the past 10 years. His research interests include the legend of King Arthur; late Renaissance English drama; Irish and Celtic literature; the figure of the vampire in myth, legend and film; and the supernatural in general. 

Dr. Doan's publications include Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh: An Irish Poet in Romance and Oral Tradition; Women and Goddesses in Early Celtic History, Myth and Legend; ‘On the side of light’: critical essays on the poetry of Cathal Ó Searcaigh, which he co-edited with an Irish colleague, and two recent collections of essays, The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend and Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (Fairleigh Dickinson U.P., 2013), co-edited with a colleague in the Department of History and Political Science. The latter was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction by the Horror Writers’ Association. It also included his first full-length play, The Irish Dracula: A Melodrama in Five Acts, which was produced in March 2014 by the Irish Theatre of Florida. He is actively involved in the theatre community in South Florida, serving as a board member of the Irish theatre and as a member of the Actors Community Theatre in Davie.

Areas of Academic Focus

  • Folklore and Mythology
  • Irish Language and Literature
  • Family History and Genealogy
  • English Language and British Literature
  • Art History

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