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David Esselstrom, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of English
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3081
David Esselstrom, Ph.D., is a teacher and writer who encourages students to express themselves clearly and creatively. He has published fiction and journalism, and has written extensively for the stage and screen. Esselstrom combines his scholarly interests and creative projects with his passion for teaching in such courses as creative writing, composition, literature, and film and media.


Ph.D., English, University of Southern California
M.A., Creative Writing, California State University, San Francisco
B.A., Theatre Arts, University of California, Los Angeles


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • English
  • School of Adult and Professional Studies


  • Composition Studies
  • Creative Writing (Fiction, Stage Plays, Screenplays)
  • Film History
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Technical Writing

Courses Taught

ENGL 110 – Freshman Writing Seminar
ENGL 301 – Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 303 – Creative Writing: Drama and Film
ENGL 324 – World Literature to the Renaissance
ENGL 377 – Shakespeare
ENGL 406 – Advanced Composition
ENGL 488 – Significant Authors
ENGL 496 – Senior Seminar: Ethics in the Professions

Office Hours

By appointment; call Ophelia Valle at (626) 812-3079

Office Location

Faculty Quad, Room 20, East Campus

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