Rhetoric and Language
Philip  Hanson

Philip Hanson

Associate Professor

Professor Philip Hanson's research and written works have made him one of the foremost experts in the fields of expository writing and twentieth century American literature and film. He is most widely recognized for his book This Side of Despair, which was named one of Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2008 and included in The Journal of Scholarly Publishing's list of 2007-2008 "Significant Books."

Philip has also written short stories, poetry, and several academic articles such as "The Feminine Image in Films of the Great Depression," which was published in The Cambridge Quarterly. During his academic career he has served on over eighteen committees and received several prestigious honors, including the Jesuit Grant in 2005. Philip finished his undergraduate with Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Minnesota, moving on teach at University of California at Berkeley and Dominican University before coming to University of San Francisco.



Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley, 1993

Courses Offered
  • Experience and Critical Writing (formerly Autobiographical Literature across Cultures)
  • Advanced Expository Writing
  • Critical Thinking Seminar (formerly Ignatian Humanities Seminar; and earlier, Adult Writing Workshop)
  • Advanced Expository Writing
  • Immigrant Voices, later known as The American Immigrants
  • America in the 1930s
  • America: 1900-1950
  • Composition and Research for Graduate Nurses
This Side of Despair: Film and Culture during the Great Depression. Madison, N,J,: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, forthcoming.

"The Arc of National Confidence and the Birth of Film Noir, 1929-1941," Journal of American Studies, forthcoming.

"Censorship, Audience, and the Differing Politics of The Shanghai Gesture as Play and Film," paper delivered at the Florida State University conference, The Persistence of Form: Culture, History and the Aesthetic, January 29-February 1, 2004.