A former journalist, Mark writes frequently for the mainstream media, as well as scholarly and trade publications.  His articles on Benjamin Franklin, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, Rebecca Harding Davis, truth in the media, student success, and other subjects have appeared in The Conversation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Southern Cultures, Journalism History, American Literary Realism, and other outlets.


The Academic Minute

December 22, 2020

a|b: Auto/Biography Studies


"Putting Wolfe in His Place (and Yours)"

The Thomas Wolfe Review 


“The Polar Regions”

Poe in Context


The Conversation

July 1, 2021

The Conversation

February 8, 2021

The Thomas Wolfe Review


Curbing the Spread of Misinformation


The Academic Minute

August 2017

The Southern Literary Journal

Spring 2001

Liberal Education

March 2021

The Conversation

January 8, 2019

The Chronicle of Higher Education

August 8, 2017

American Literary Realism

Spring 2010

The Southern Quarterly

Summer 1998