James Doan, Ph.D., is a Professor of humanities in the Department of Humanities and Politics in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences. Since 1988, he has taught courses at NSU in literature, the arts, folklore, mythology and world religions, as well as courses in the Farquhar Honors College. He developed and chaired a faculty lecture series at the university from 2006 to 2017. His research interests include the legend of King Arthur; late Renaissance English drama; Irish and Celtic literature; the figure of the vampire in myth, legend and film; and the supernatural in general.
Dr. Doan's publications include Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh: An Irish Poet in Romance and Oral Tradition; Women and Goddesses in Early Celtic History, Myth and Legend; ‘On the side of light’: critical essays on the poetry of Cathal Ó Searcaigh, which he co-edited with an Irish colleague, and four recent collections of essays, The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend and Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (both published in 2013), The Supernatural Revamped (2016), and Apocalyptic Chic: Visions of the Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Literature and Visual Arts (2017), co-edited with Barbara Brodman, professor emerita at NSU. Images of the Modern Vampire was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction by the Horror Writers’ Association and also included his first full-length play, The Irish Dracula: A Melodrama in Five Acts, produced in March 2014 by the Irish Theatre of Florida. He is actively involved in the theatre community in South Florida, having written and directed plays for Actors Community Theatre (ACT) in Davie. He recently co-founded the South Florida Irish Theatre with a mission to develop Irish and Irish-American theatre in the region.