Dr. Rob Brault
PhD University of Minnesota
Rob Brault grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. After two years as a biochemistry major, he dropped out of school and began working as a road construction laborer. Newly motivated to obtain a degree, he attended Macalester College in Saint Paul and graduated in 1984 with a B.A. in English and a minor in biology. His first career was teaching high school English and coaching football and wrestling in Saint Croix Falls, WI and Cambridge, MN.
Brault earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota in 2000, specializing in ecofeminist literary criticism of nineteenth-century American literature. His work has appeared in New Directions in Ecofeminist Literary Criticism and in Extrapolation, a journal devoted to science fiction literary studies. He has also co-authored an article on travel study with James Reidy that appeared in Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education.
For seven years, Brault and Reidy have offered a multidisciplinary travel study program called the Northern Great Plains Experience, which explores the cultural and natural history of the great plains through the eyes of the Lakota and the Cheyenne. This program includes a thirteen-day field-experience, and Dr. Brault is currently developing a travel study program to the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park.
Dr. Brault works extensively with the English Department’s Communication Arts & Literature Teaching (CALT) program and is the faculty advisor for the WSU Snowboard Club.