David Kumler, Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

David Kumler

Writing Faculty
Norman Mayer 202


B.A. Religious Studies, Belmont University
MFA, Creative Writing, The University of Alabama
PhD in American Literature and Culture, University of Washington


David Kumler is a musician, artist, academic, and educator most recently from Seattle. He holds degrees in religious studies, creative writing, and literary studies. Broadly speaking, Kumler’s research focuses on popular culture, horror, political dissidence, and racial capitalism. His dissertation, Into the Seething Vortex: Occult Horror and the Subversion of the Realistic, examines a fascination with the occult that pervades contemporary popular culture, specifically in the context of antiracist and feminist activism. Kumler’s current research project examines the intersections between the horror genre and Evangelical Christianity amid the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and 1990s and the rise of the religious right. Kumler has taught courses in freshman composition, multimodal composition, creative writing, expository writing, American and Anglophone literature, cultural studies, and social movement theory.