Dr. Paul Gagliardi

Paul Gagliardi
Dr. Paul GagliardiMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 230

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-1974

Visiting Assistant Professor


Paul Gagliardi earned his BH and MA from Penn State-Harrisburg and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he completed his dissertation, “All Play and No Work: The Protestant Work Ethic and the Comic Plays of the Federal Theatre Project.” His dissertation explores how many comic plays produced by the federal government during the Great Depression subverted cultural and social norms of work. His research interests include theories of work, economic history, and confidence artists, as well as modern American literature and theatre. In addition to working on a book manuscript of All Play and No Work, he is also revising an essay on the confidence artist in the television series Fargo. He has published two articles on the Federal Theatre Project and has also written essays about contemporary theatre productions and local theatre companies.

Paul has been teaching at the university-level for the past 14 years (most recently at Carroll University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). In his teaching, he emphasizes understanding the historical, social, and cultural context of texts, but also how our contemporary readings problematize literature. He also fosters interdisciplinary dialogue between all fields in his courses.

Courses Taught

  • American Literature
  • Rhetoric/Composition
  • Drama
  • Cultural Studies

Research Interests

  • American literature, theatre, and culture, 1865-1945
  • Economic history
  • Confidence artists
  • Theories of work / Labor, Speculation


  • "Salesman of the Year: Season One of Fargo and the Legacy of the Confidence Artist in the Midwest.” Middle West Review. Print. (Forthcoming).
  • "The Illusion of Work: The Con Artist Plays of the Federal Theatre Project.” Journal of American Drama and Theatre. Volume 30, Number 1 (Fall 2017).
  • "No Security In Acting: A Moral Entertainment and the Conflict Over Theatrical Labor in the Federal Theatre Project.” LATCH: A Journal for the Study of the Literary Artifact in Theory, Culture, or History. Volume 8, Number 1 (2015 to 2016).
  • "The Feast of Crispian: Shakespeare with Veterans.” HowlRound. February 15, 2018.
  • "It Happened Here: Looking Back on Revivals of Sinclair Lewis’s Play During the 2016 Election. HowlRound. February 19, 2017.

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2020

  • MW 3:00-5:00

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2020

  • 1001/108 MWF 10:00-10:50 Johnston Hall 338
    • Foundations of Rhetoric
  • 1001/111 MWF 11:00-11:50 Johnston Hall 338
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 2020/101 MWF 1:00-1:50 Lalumiere 192
    • Texts, Social Systems, and Values: Work and American Society
  • 2020/102 MWF 2:00-2:50 Lalumiere 192
    • Texts, Social Systems, and Values: Work and American Society

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