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Scott Stein - Teaching Professor of English at Drexel University

Scott Stein

Director, Drexel Publishing Group
Founding Editor, Write Now Philly
Teaching Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5026 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.6391
Fax: 215.895.1071


  • MA, New York University
  • MFA, University of Miami


I teach Writing Fiction, Writing Humor and Comedy, and First-Year Writing in the Department of English and Philosophy. And I teach Strange Fiction and Superheroes in America for Drexel's Honors Program. The book Drexel University Off the Record (the unauthorized guide for prospective students) named "Scott Stein's Humor & Comedy Writing class" one of the "Ten Best Things About Drexel."

My second novel Mean Martin Manning (2007) was called “a gem of a book” by the Philadelphia City Paper and was a 2007 summer book pick in Liberty magazine, which said it was one of the “few good hardcore libertarian novels” and that “its images, ideas, settings, and characters will linger in your memory far beyond this summer.” The American Spectator called it a “breezily subversive, funny narrative.” In 2007, Reason magazine interviewed me about Mean Martin Manning.

The Philadelphia Inquirer said that my first novel Lost (2000) was “wonderfully comic” and “a page-turner” and made it a daily pick, calling it “hilarious and winning.”

I am the editor of the group blog When Falls the Coliseum: a journal of American culture (or lack thereof). My short fiction and satire have appeared in such publications as National Review, The Oxford University Press Humor Reader, Liberty, The G.W. Review, and Art Times. My essays and book reviews have been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Liberty,, and other places.

My favorite authors include Franz Kafka, Graham Greene, Henry James, Stanislaw Lem, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Stan Lee/Jack Kirby/Steve Ditko, and Guy de Maupassant.

Two of my favorite comedic novels are The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Favorite musical artists include Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, REM, and The Who. But I like some music from this century, too. Listening to my son play piano makes me smile.

When the weather allows, I try to get outside every day. In my free time, I work in my yard and garden, shoot hoops, play tennis, take photos, and talk to my dog. 

A joy of my job is hearing from former students—Drexel graduates—and learning that they're doing well and that they still value the time we spent together.

I tweet @sstein

When Falls the Coliseum

Selected Publications:

  • "Garghibition" anthologized in The Oxford University Press Humor Reader. December 2014.
  • When Falls the Coliseum, an online magazine/blog at (editor). 1999-present.
  • Big Switch,” fiction in National Review. April 2009.
  • “Meddling nannies trying to save us from ourselves,” book review of Nanny State in the Philadelphia Inquirer. January 6, 2007.
  • “The Failed Playwright of Virginia Tech,” cover essay in Liberty. July 2007.
  • “Cogent, coherent examination of U.S. culture now,” book review of Age of Abundance in the Philadelphia Inquirer. July 8, 2007.
  • “Losing My Religion Over ‘Handy Manny’,” essay in Liberty. April 2007.
  • Mean Martin Manning , a novel. ENC Press. Hoboken, NJ. February 2007.
  • “Zero Tolerance,” fiction in Liberty. August 2005.
  • “How I Learned to Love the Cliché and Got Reviewed,” nonfiction in the Publishers Marketing Association Newsletter, May 2001.
  • Lost, a novel. Free Reign Press. July 2000.
  • “Sweet Surrender,” nonfiction travel review in New York magazine. April 2000.
  • “Garghibition,” fiction in Liberty. July 1999.
  • “The Stacker,” fiction in The G.W. Review. May 1997.
  • “The Last Peanut,” fiction in Art Times. November 1996.