Adam Burgess

  • Expert in American and classical literature, with more than 10 years’ experience
  • Full-time English instructor at the College of Southern Nevada
  • Book critic and reviewer for various publications since 2009
  • Co-founder and moderator of The Classics Club


Adam Burgess, Ph.D. is a former writer for ThoughtCo, who contributed scholarly articles on American and classical literature for more than two years. His content also included period genres, such as Gothic and Medieval chivalric romance literature. Adam is an expert in American and classical literature, and literary theory and criticism. He has been writing book reviews and literary criticism since 2009.

A consummate academic, Adam is widely respected as a college professor and advisor. He currently teaches English full time at the College of Southern Nevada, prior to which he taught at Elgin Community College, and Argosy University. Some of Adam’s course offerings include 20th Century American Literature, Descriptive English Linguistics, and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Adam is co-founder and moderator of The Classics Club, an online participation-based community for lovers of, and those curious about, classic literature.


Adam Burgess, Ph.D. received his doctorate in English language and literature from Northern Illinois University; an M.A. degree in English from California State University at Long Beach; and a B.A. degree in English from Northern Illinois University.

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