Alex Trimble Young is an Honors Faculty Fellow in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. He earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Southern California in 2015, and a B.A. in English from Columbia University in 2004. Prior to joining the faculty at Barrett in Fall 2017, he served as a Copeland Visiting Fellow at Amherst College, where he took part in the 2016-2017 Copeland Colloquium.
Young is a scholar of transnational settler colonialism and United States literature and culture. His current research focuses on how the oppositional literature in the contemporary U.S. has been shaped by the ongoing history of settler colonialism and Indigenous resistance. His forthcoming book on this topic, The Frontiers of Dissent: The Settler Colonial Imaginary in U.S. Literature after 1945, is under contract for publication with the University of Nebraska Press.
Young has published widely on topics including comparative colonialism, the literature of the American West, U.S. gun culture, critical theory, and contemporary film and television. In 2012 he organized, with colleague Erik Altenbernd, a symposium at the Huntington Library entitled “The Significance of The Frontier in an Age of Transnational History” that brought together more than two hundred humanities scholars from around the world to discuss how the concept of the frontier functions in contemporary scholarship on settler history and culture. He currently serves on the editorial collective of the interdisciplinary journal Settler Colonial Studies.
Young’s classroom experience began as a high school English teacher at the American School of Tangier in Morocco. During his time as a graduate student and postdoctoral teaching fellow at USC, he taught introductory and upper-division literature and humanities courses in the USC honors and general education programs. His teaching interests engage diverse topics in the humanities, ranging from comparative settler colonial studies to the culture of the War on Terror to irony in contemporary fiction. He currently teaches the Human Event sequence, an honors introduction to humanities course.