Paul A. Harris, Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, is co-editor of the literary theory journal SubStance, and served as President of the International Society for the Study of Time 2004 – 2013. He maintains a rock garden and blog, which informs his research, artwork and writings about stone. His project The Petriverse of Pierre Jardin, culminating 10 years of this work, is an open-access work of digital theory in the series SubStance@Work. In 2016 he launched a SLOW LMU initiative, and designed “slow time zones” on campus (The Garden of Slow Time and The Displacement Garden). He has exhibited stone installations at the National Gallery of Denmark, Chapman University, and the Arizona State Art Museum Project Space. He has created recent work in collaboration with jazz musician David Ornette Cherry, author David Mitchell, and artist Richard Turner, and is co-author (with Turner and Thomas Elias) of Contemporary Viewing Stone Display (VSANA, 2020).
University of California at Irvine: Ph.D., English 1991
University of California at Irvine: M.A., English 1986
McGill University: B.A., English 1984
Areas of Expertise (6)
Geo-Poetics & Geo-Philosophy
Interdisciplinary study of time
Outsider Art/The Watts Towers of Los Angeles
OULIPO/writing under constraints
David Mitchell's fiction
Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Origins, Visiting Scholar, Contemplative Resource Center (professional)
Fall 2019 University of Colorado, Boulder
2016-17 Daum Professorship (professional)
Created from a legacy received from Harry M. Daum, Class of 1938, the Daum Professorship is an annual award to a senior professor in the College who has exhibited a record of excellence in teaching and advising, scholarship or creative work, and service to the department, college and university.
President (2004 – 2013), International Society for the Study of Time (http://www.studyoftime.org/) (professional)
Served three terms as President of ISST.
Faculty Senate President, 2010 – 2011 (professional)
Facilitated vote for new Core Curriculum, Faculty Handbook revision
Chair of English Department, 2011 – 2015 (professional)
Chaired department during curriculum revision and transition to 4 unit courses.
- SubStance: A Journal of Theory and Literary Criticism (Co-Editor)
- International Society for the Study of Time
Research Grants (6)
Summer Research Grant
Temporal Suspension in the Cretan Labyrinth
Faith and Justice Research Grant
Re-Engaging Canonical Wisdom Texts: Homelessness in the Book of Job and King Lear
Faith and Justice Course Development Grant
Detecting the Divine
Summer Research Grant
“Cosmic Epics and Global Ethics”
Catholic Studies Course Development Grant
“Wisdom and the Void”
Marymount Institute Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies
Loyola Marymount University
2004 - 05
First Year Seminar: From Eternity to Here
Spaces of Wonder
Homelessness: From The Book of Job to the Streets of L.A.
Time in Philosophy, Fiction, and Film
Detecting the Divine
Style in Writing
A Course About Nothing
Constraint-based Writing and Literature
The Labyrinth in American Literature
Contemporary Critical Theory
Tracing the Cretan Labyrinth: Mythology, Archaeology, Topology, PhenomenologyKronoscope: Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Time
"Tracing the Cretan Labyrinth: Mythology, Archaeology, Topology, Phenomenology." Kronoscope: Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Time: 14 (2014): 133-49.
Introduction: David Mitchell in the Labyrinth of TimeSubStance
“Introduction: David Mitchell in the Labyrinth of Time” SubStance 136 Vol 44, no. 1, 2015: 3-7.
David Mitchell in the Laboratory of Time: An Interview with the AuthorSubStance
“David Mitchell in the Laboratory of Time: An Interview with the Author.” SubStance 136 Vol 44, no. 1, 2015: 8-17.
David Mitchell’s Fractal Imagination: The Bone ClocksSubStance
“David Mitchell’s Fractal Imagination: The Bone Clocks.” SubStance 136 Vol 44, no. 1, 2015: 148-53.
Sam Rodia's Watts Towers in Six Sections in SuccessionTowers in Watts
“Sam Rodia's Watts Towers in Six Sections in Succession." In Luisa del Giudice, ed.,Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts (New York: Fordham UP, 2014): 79-89.