Department of English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Ph.D. (Expected May 2022), University of New Mexico, American Literature.
M.A. (2014), University of Northern Colorado, English Language and Literature.
MFA (2000), Naropa University, Creative Writing: Prose
Adjunct Faculty, English, University of Northern Colorado
Adjunct Faculty, Aims Community College
Ty Cronkhite’s research interest is in American Literature broadly interpreted to include such texts as the Pawnee Buttes in Northeastern Colorado, literary graffiti, the figurative representation of the thunderbird in La Cienega, New Mexico, the tombstone of Walter White (the actor, not the activist), the tattoo of the thunderbird on the back of Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and particularly the illegible signature of Jacques Derrida in his essay “Signature, Event, Context.” Currently he is drafting a dissertation at the University of New Mexico that utilizes these texts to inform the postapocalyptic literary theory articulated by Hermann Melville’s pet literary critic, who we call Ishmael.
In his free time he studies rhetoric, teaches English Composition, and practices writing creative nonfiction, poetry, and greeting cards.