Dr. Palumbo received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the
University of Michigan and his AB from the University of Chicago.  At East
Carolina University, he regularly teaches undergraduate courses in science
fiction and the short story; less regularly, he teaches graduate courses in
science fiction films, the 20th century novel, the novel from 1945, and the
monomyth in American science fiction.  His research has focused on
existential literature and philosophy, science fiction literature and film,
and American comic books.  He is the first recipient of the Popular Culture Association's "Felicia F. Campbell Service Award for Outstanding Contributions by an Area Chair"
(2005) and has served as Area Chair for the Comic Art and Comics Area and
the Film Area for about twenty years.  He has also received the "IAFA Robert
A. Collins Distinguished Service Award" (1996) and had served as President
of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts from 1989 to

Dr. Palumbo has published over seventy scholarly articles, three edited
books, one authored book, and over twenty volumes as Advisor to Greenwood
Press' Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy series.
He is the author of  Chaos Theory, Asimov's Foundations and Robots,
Herbert's Dune: The Fractal Aesthetic of Epic Science Fiction and the
editor of Erotic University: Sexuality and Fantastic Literature, Eros in
the Mind's Eye: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film
, and Spectrum
of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Sixth International Conference on
the Fantastic in the Arts
.  He is currently writing a book on the monomyth
in American science fiction.