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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Faculty & Staff

Casey Ratto

Ph.D. Graduate Student, American Studies

My main research interest is in post-apocalyptic media and its connection to the Western genre. Particularly, in how the post-apocalyptic genre translates and adapts Western genre motifs and archetypes to create a genre that is both foreign and familiar to the consumer of the post-apocalyptic genre. I do not have any projects currently going, but I have a feeling that will change very soon.

I originally come from the small town of Auburn, California, a town known for trees and distance runners. I started my collegiate career at Sierra College, a local community college where I graduated with an associate in liberal arts. After that, I transferred to University of California, Santa Cruz, where my love of American studies first began. After graduating with a bachelor in American studies, I applied and entered the master’s program at California State University, Fullerton. My time at CSUF culminated in my master’s thesis that explored the Western influence on the construction of the post-apocalyptic frontier. I am excited to begin my doctoral studies at WSU, and I hope that it will be both educational and exhilarating.

Contact Mr. Ratto
Wilson-Short Hall 115

Spring 2018 Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Course Materials

Spring 2018
Past Courses