David Bahr

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Associate Professor

EMAIL: dbahr@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-771A

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Phone: +1 (212) 346-8608

A proud product of the City University of New York, David Bahr received his B.A. in English from Hunter College and his Ph.D. in English literature from The Graduate Center, where he was an Andrew W. Mellon dissertation fellow.

His area of research and scholarship is American literature after 1945, with a focus on creative nonfiction and autobiography. Related interests: the Beats, graphic narrative and comics, New Journalism, and pedagogy and social class.

Prior to his appointment as assistant professor, he was a writing fellow at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Over the years, he has taught writing and literature at Baruch, Queens College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and The New School for Social Research.

His journalism and creative writing have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, GQ, Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly, The Village Voice, Prairie Schooner, Time Out New York, The Advocate, Out, Spin, and the anthology Boys to Men: Gay Men Write about Growing Up. His work has been cited by The Best American Essays series and The Missouri Review, and he has been awarded writing fellowships at Yaddo and The Edward Albee Foundation.

He hopes to inspire and mentor thousands of BMCC students in the coming years.


Autobiography Studies, Autobiography and Memory


  • B.A. Hunter College, CUNY, English,
  • Ph.D. The Graduate Center, CUNY, English literature,

Courses Taught

Research and Projects


  • “Feeling My Way Through: Writing about a Childhood in Foster Care.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 13.1 (2013). Web.

  • “Can You Believe My Luck?” Prairie Schooner, University of Nebraska Press, 2010. Print.

  • “Mothered.” GQ, 2004.

  • “Labile Lines: Darryl Cunningham’s Psychiatric Tales and the Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness.” Lifewriting Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies, 3.1, (2015). Print.
  • “‘Loops and spins’: Autobiography, Autofiction, and Tim O’Brien’s Serial Selves.” American Creative Nonfiction. Critical Insights series. Ed. Jay Ellis. Massachusetts: Grey House Publishing , 2015. Print.
  • “Jodi.” Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today. Eds. Kim Goodison, Ph.D., and Racquel Goodison, Ph.D. Cat In The Sun Books. 2018, Print.
  • “Listening to the Body: Autobiography and the Recovery of Lost Memories.” Inquirer, Vol. 20 (2013): 7-14. Print.

  • “The Things We Carry: Embodied Truth and Tim O’Brien’s Poetics of Despair,” Affective (Dis)order and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse. Ed. Stephanie Stone Horton. Palgrave Macmillan , 2014. Print.

  • “No Matter What Happens,” Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up. Ed. Rob Williams and Ted Gideonse. Caroll & Graff: Da Capo Press , 2006. Print.

  • “‘Outside the Box’: Teaching Graphic Narrative in the Multicultural Community College Classroom.” Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching With Graphic Narratives. Ed. Matthew Miller. McFarland , 2015. Print.
  • “Choreographing Time: Art Spiegelman’s Present Past(s) and The Craft of Creative Nonfiction Comics.” American Creative Nonfiction. Critical Insights series. Ed. Jay Ellis. Massachusetts: Grey House Publishing , 2015. Print.
  • “Photo Graft: Revision, Reclamation, and The Graphic Photo.” Approaches to Teaching Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. Ed. Judith Gardiner. New York: Modern Language Association , 2018. Print.
  • Book review: “The Phenomenology of Autobiography: Making It Real”, Life Writing, Fall 2018


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship.
  • PSC-CUNY 44 Research Award, 2013-14
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Faculty Publication Program Fellowship, City University of New York (January 2014?May 2014)
  • PSC-CUNY 45 Research Award, 2014-15
  • Faculty Development Grant 2014
  • PSC-CUNY Research TRADA-47-97, 2016-17

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