Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Kevin Quirk

Kevin Quirk

Advanced Lecturer

  • Office Location: Loyola Hall 209
  • Phone Number: 773.508.2795
  • E-mail: kquirk@luc.edu


I got my first job teaching as an instructor of English as a Foreign Language in Lisbon, Portugal in 1990 and have been teaching English language, writing, and literature more or less continuously since. After Portugal, I obtained my PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa. I then taught at Skidmore College for one year and DePaul University for nine. I came to Loyola in 2012 and teach both writing and literature courses. In my writing courses, I emphasize how precise thinking and precise writing are mutually reinforcing endeavors, while in my literature courses I strive to help students understand the role that language plays in our lives and how the stories we tell shape the people we become.


  • AB, Dartmouth College
  • MA, University of Iowa
  • PhD, University of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • Autobiography and Memoir
  • Literary Reception
  • Rhetoric and Composition