Born in Cedar City, Dr. Bishop graduated from Cedar City High School in 1992. With perhaps an unjustified sense of confidence, he chose to study music at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Spending hours a day locked in a small practice room with nothing but his saxophone soon proved to be too depressing, so he changed his major to humanities. Dr. Bishop graduated Magna Cum Laude from BYU in 1998 with a BA in humanities with an art history emphasis (with minors in music performance, German, and English literature). Changing scenery drastically, he then attended the University of Utah in pursuit of a master’s degree in English. In 2000, Dr. Bishop graduated from that institution with an MA in English/American studies with a film emphasis under the mentorship of Thomas Sobchack.
After teaching a variety of writing and computer application courses at Southern Utah University for six years, Dr. Bishop received a PhD in American literature and film from the University of Arizona in 2009. His dissertation addressing the cultural relevance of zombie cinema--composed under the guidance of Susan White, Jerrold Hogle, and Carlos Gallego--was published by McFarland & Co., Publishers as American Zombie Gothic in 2010. He is now the English Department Chair at SUU and teaches courses in American literature, African-American literature, genre fiction, and film studies. Together with Todd Petersen, he pioneered SUU's new, interdisciplinary Film and Screen Studies minor.
Kyle is married to Rachel, the director of SUU's Arts Administration program, and they have a son named Xander and a daughter named Sydney.
Tanner Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Southern Utah University, 2012
Distinguished Educator Award, Southern Utah University, 2010
Barry Briggs Teaching Award, University of Arizona, 2007
Guest on Access Utah episode "Zombie Culture: (Rise of the) Walking Dead," March 17, 2014
Interviewee in the documentary Doc of the Dead from director Alexandre O. Philippe, 2014
Interview on HuffPost Live webisode "Zombies Gain Ground in Academia," March 10, 2014
Interview on The John Hines Show, WCCO 830 Minneapolis, on "Studying Zombies," March 10, 2014
Interview on The Wall Street Journal's webseries Lunch Break on "Zombie Scholars Give Rise to 'Walking Dead' Studies," March 4, 2014
Interview with The Wall Street Journal in "Zombie Studies Gain Ground on College Campuses," March 3, 2014
Interview about The Walking Dead at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, November 11, 2013
Interview with Wired magazine in "Want to Understand a Generation? Look No Further Than Its Zombie Movies," June 28, 2013
TEDxSUU talk on "Zombies: An Idea Worth Spreading," April 18, 2013
Interview with the Los Angeles Times in "'R' of 'Warm Bodies' Isn't the First Zombie Romantic Lead," February 1, 2013
Interview with The Miami Herald in "Fear, Anxiety Drive Zombie Craze," June 13, 2012
Interview on All Sides with Ann Fisher on the zombie cultural invasion, May 16, 2011
Zombies Among Us: Manifestations of the Walking Dead in Post-9/11 Popular Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. [forthcoming]
American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. (website)
“L’émergence des Zombie studies. Comment les morts-vivants ont envahi l’Académie et pourquoi nous devrions nous en soucier.” Z pour Zombies. Eds. Samuel Archibald, Antonio Dominguez Leiva, and Bernard Perron. Montreal [CA]: Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2014. [forthcoming]
“What Happens Next? What Economics Can Tell Us About the Endgame of a Zombie Apocalypse.” With David Tufte and Mary Jo Tufte. Economics of the Undead: Blood, Brains, and Benjamins. Eds. Glen Whitman and James P. Dow, Jr. Lanham [MD]: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. [forthcoming]
“‘I always wanted to see how the other half lives’: The Contemporary Zombie as Seductive Proselyte.” Zombie Renaissance: The Reanimation of the Undead in Popular Culture. Eds. Laura Hubner, Marcus Leaning, and Paul Manning. Hampshire [UK]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. [forthcoming]
“Battling Monsters and Becoming Monstrous: Human Devolution in The Walking Dead.” Monstrous Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader. Eds. Marina Levina and Diem-my Bui. New York: Continuum Press, 2013. 73-85.
“From the Earth to Poe to the Moon: The Science Fiction Narrative as Precursor to Technological Reality.” Coauthored with Todd Robert Petersen. Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in International and Popular Culture. Eds. Dennis R. Perry and Carl H. Sederholm. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 165–177.
“The Pathos of The Walking Dead: Bringing the Terror Back to Zombie Cinema.” Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen. Ed. James Lowder. Smart Pop. Dallas: Benbella Books, 2011. 1–14.
“Assemblage Filmmaking: Approaching the Multi-Source Adaptation and Reexamining Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.” Adaptation Studies: New Beginnings. Eds. Christa Albrecht-Crane and Dennis Cutchins. Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2010. 263–277.
After/Lives: What’s Next for Humanity. With Sarah Lauro. Special edition of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. [forthcoming]
"The New American Zombie Gothic: Road Trips, Globalization, and the War on Terror." Gothic Studies. [forthcoming]
“The Threat of the Gothic Patriarchy in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.” The Rocky Mountain Review 65.2 (2011): 125–147.
“Vacationing in Zombieland: The Classical Functions of the Modern Zombie Comedy.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 22.1 (2011): 24–38.
“The Idle Proletariat: Dawn of the Dead, Consumer Ideology, and the Loss of Productive Labor.” The Journal of Popular Culture 43.2 (2010): 234-248.
“Dead Man Still Walking: Explaining the Zombie Renaissance.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 37.1 (2009): 16-25.
“Technophobia and the Cyborg Menace: Buffy Summers as Neo-Human Avatar.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 19.3 (2008): 349–362.
“The Sub-Subaltern Monster: Imperialist Hegemony and the Cinematic Voodoo Zombie.” The Journal of American Culture 31.2 (2008): 141-152.
“Artistic Schizophrenia: How Fight Club’s Message Is Subverted by Its Own Nature.” Studies in Popular Culture 29.1 (2006): 41-56.
“Raising the Dead: Unearthing the Non-Literary Origins of Zombie Cinema.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 33.4 (2006): 196-205.
“The Mediating Heart: Finding a Solution to Labor Conflicts in A Hazard of New Fortunes.” Journal of the Utah Academy 81 (2004): 177-183.
“Zombies in the Family: The Gothic Anthropology of AMC’s The Walking Dead” at the Identity and Emotions in Contemporary TV-Series, University of Navarra, Pamplona, ET, October 2013.
“The Zombie Renaissance: How the Walking Dead Have Come to Dominate Popular Culture” at the Kennedy Theatre, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, November 2012.
“‘We are the walking dead!’: Why Zombies Matter” as the Tanner Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, September 2012.
Keynote address: “The Rise of Zombie Studies: How the Walking Dead Invaded the Academy—and Why It Matters” at the First International Academic Conference on Zombies, Montreal, July 2012.
“Zombies, Vigilantes, and Antiheroes: The Ambiguities of Monstrousness in The Walking Dead” at the World Horror Convention 2012, Salt Lake City, April 2012.
“Walking Dead U: How the Zombie Renaissance Makes Zombie Studies Possible” at the Raising the Undead: The Image of the Zombie in Transnational Popular Culture Colloquium, Brown University, Providence, November 2011.
“The Literary Zombies of Zone One” at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 2014.
“The Game Show Zombie: Dead Set, Uncle Vanya and Zombies, and the Realty-TV Monster” at the Southwest Popular and American Culture Associations Conference, February 2014.
“Zombie Friend, Zombie Lover: When the Walking Dead Becomes the Monstrous Boyfriend” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, October 2013.
“The Non-Zombies of Dead Snow: or, How US Pop Culture Killed Eight Norwegian Med Students” at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 2013.
“To Live, to Die, or to Go Zombie: Teenage Anxiety in The Forest of Hands and Teeth” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, October 2012.
“Living Harry Potter: Recreating Hogwarts through Study Abroad” at the Western Regional Honors Council Conference, April 2012.
“‘I always wanted to see how the other half lives’: The Contemporary Zombie as Seductive Proselyte” at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 2012.
"'We are the walking dead!': Human Monstrosity and the Victimization of the Twenty-first Century Zombie" at the Popular and American Culture Association in the South Annual Meeting, October 2011.
“They’re Supposed to be Scary: How The Walking Dead Remembers What George Romero Forgot” at the Popular and American Culture Association National Conference, April 2011.
“The Paratext of Hugo Cabret: Multimodality and the Future of Adolescent Literature” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, October 2010.
“Defending Zombieland: How the Apocalypse Saved the American Family” at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 2010.