Gordon Tapper

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Room: M-Building, M-204
Phone: (718) 482-5940

Monday- Thursday  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Columbia University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Colgate University

Areas of Expertise or Research

  • American literature
  • Modern and contemporary American poetry
  • Composition


From 2013 to 2019, Gordon Tapper served as Chair of the English Department at LaGuardia. He received his Ph.D. in American Literature from Columbia University. He teaches courses in Composition (ENG101, ENA101, and ENG102), American Literature (ENG293), and the Liberal Arts capstone seminar on humanism, science, and technology (LIB200). He is the author of The Machine That Sings: Modernism, Hart Crane, and the Culture of the Body (Routledge, 2006); editor of critical editions of Willa Cather’s My Ántonia (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2003) and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2007); and the author of articles, reviews, and interviews in Arizona Quarterly, Jacket2, Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. He is the co-author of two academic reports being published by the Modern Language Association in 2024: Preparing English Majors for Life and Careers and Relations Between Two-Year and Four-Year English Departments. He is the recipient of four PSC-CUNY Research Foundation grants. He served as Chair of the English Discipline Council of the City University of New York (2016-2018), and he served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of English (2019-2022). He has also taught at DePauw University and Centre College.