Associate Professor John Kimsey received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his BA from Washington University in St. Louis. A member of the SCPS Resident Faculty, he teaches and writes about modern literature and popular culture and has also worked as a professional musician. His essays have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and anthologies, including Popular Music & Society; Interdisciplinary Literary Studies; The Journal of Popular Music Studies; The Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community; The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles; Sgt. Pepper & the Beatles: It Was Forty Years Ago Today; Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism and the Fab Four; and Fifty Years with the Beatles: The Beatles’ Impact on Contemporary Culture.
His song cycle, Twisted Roots: Music, Politics and the American Dream Blues, was awarded a DePaul Humanities Center fellowship and has been described by jazz composer/performer/scholar Ben Sidran as "an ingenious way to integrate political and social commentary into a musical architecture."
He received DePaul’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. His classes include: AI 185 The Beatles and the Creative Process, AI 215 Film Noir, AI 286 New Orleans in Song, Story and Struggle, IN 307 Advanced Elective Seminar: Frankenstein Across the Curriculum, LL 270 Critical Thinking, and LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning.