Curley, Stephen J. 1947–

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CURLEY, Stephen J. 1947–


Born March 4, 1947, in Bronx, NY; son of Joseph F. (an automotive mechanic and teacher) and Mary (a homemaker) Curley; married Elizabeth Ann Curtin (a preschool teacher), May 31, 1969; children: Matthew, Kathleen and Bridget (twins). Ethnicity: "Irish-American." Education: Fordham University, B.A., 1968; Rice University, Ph.D., 1974. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Folk music, maritime culture, gardening.


Home—Galveston, TX. Office—Department of General Academics, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX 77553-1675; fax: 409-740-4962. E-mail[email protected].


Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, professor of English, 1973—, head of department of general academics, 1977-80 and 1985-97. Galveston Reads, member of steering committee, 2003—; local speaker, including presentations for Elderhostel and Quarterly Film Series for Senior Citizens. Military service: U.S. Army, 1969-70.


Popular Culture Association (chair of sea literature area, 1999—).


Achievement Award, Society for Technical Communication, 1987, for a computer user manual.


Palantír Filer: Filing and Reporting for Microsoft Windows, Palantír Software (Oslo, Norway), 1986.

(Editor and contributor) Living on the Edge: Collected Essays on Coastal Texas, Texas A&M University at Galveston (Galveston, TX), 1989.

Celluloid Wars: Film and the American Experience of War, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1992.

(Coeditor) Invisible Texans: Women and Minorities in Texas History, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 2005.

Aggies by the Sea: Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University Press (College Station, TX), 2005.

Contributor to books, including World War II in Asia and the Pacific and the War's Aftermath, with General Themes, edited by Loyd E. Lee, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1998; and to encyclopedias. Contributor to periodicals, including Journal of Popular Film and Television, Coastal Management, Marine Education, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Popular Computing, and Texas Journal.


Stephen J. Curley once told CA: "I write about what interests me, with an eye toward teaching readers about the subject. As a college professor in a university that focuses on the study of the ocean, I have found myself increasingly attracted to subjects related to the sea. Even in my more scholarly writing, I have tried to couch difficult concepts in language that is accessible to the nonspecialist. Many of my subjects—movies, literary figures, sea literature—are influenced by my interest in popular culture."