Dr. Maurice Stevens is an associate professor of Comparative Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities at The Ohio State University. He teaches interdisciplinary cultural and technological studies theories and methods. His most recent research has focused on the emergence and application of critical trauma theory in multiple clinical, social, and institutional contexts, and its development as a field. In addition to publishing nearly a dozen articles, and guest editing an issue of the journal Oppositional Conversations, Dr. Stevens has published his first book titled Troubling Beginnings: Trans(per)forming African-American History and Identity. He is currently working on a second book called Catastrophe’s Glow: A Critical Trauma Theory for Chaotic Times.
Dr. Stevens completed his doctorate and master’s degrees in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Stevens taught at the University of California, San Diego in the departments of Literature and Ethnic Studies for two years before coming to Ohio State in 2000.
Dr. Stevens is particularly interested in participatory methodologies and novel technologies of research as community engaged pedagogical practice. He currently co-directs a program working with production of social meaning in communities of practice involving individuals with brain/mind injury who participate in activities of mindful meditation, art interpretation, community gardening, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.