American Literature | 9th – 10th grade
Ph.D. in English Literature – The University of Texas at Austin
M.A. in English Literature – University of South Carolina
B.A. in English & History – Oklahoma Baptist University
Bradley King joined Kirby Hall in 2016, joining the faculty after finishing a Ph.D. in English at The University of Texas and teaching American literature and writing classes there for almost a decade. The reading, writing, and discussions in his classes are always aimed at helping students grow in confidence and awareness—particularly about issues such as self-care, empathy, love, gender, and social justice.
Born in Altus, Oklahoma, and raised there on a small farm, Bradley went to college at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he initially studied to become a minister, but switched to English and Philosophy after his freshman year. His quickly developed an interest in how literature can help cultivate deeper, more reflective relationships with ourselves and the people and spaces around us. This interest led him to graduate school to study the profoundly spiritual and religious literature of the American Renaissance, which includes writers such as Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, and Frederick Douglass. Bradley also loves more recent and contemporary American poetry, and he is a grateful participant in the poetry and art community here in Austin. He is very happy to be teaching at a school that makes personal growth a priority as Kirby Hall does, and he looks forward to helping students develop their creative and intellectual capacities.