BiographyAdam Q. Stauffer is Assistant Professor in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program at the University of Rochester. He teaches first-year writing courses that cover a wide variety of themes, including American politics, digital culture, and critical race studies. In his teaching, he focuses on critical thinking, argumentative writing, and interdisciplinary research and analysis. His research is informed by writing studies and primarily concerns the intersections between literature, print culture, and identity in nineteenth-century America. More recently, he has been interested in the production, circulation, and reception of popular science in the twentieth-century United States. He is currently working on a study of nineteenth-century California literature and an intellectual biography of the astronomer Carl Sagan.