David Esselstrom, PhD


Professor Emeritus, Department of English

David Esselstrom, PhD, 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.


  • PhD, English, University of Southern California
  • MA, Creative Writing, California State University, San Francisco
  • BA, Theatre Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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