David Puthoff is a Graduate Instructor and a PhD candidate in American Literature. His research focuses on the practices of collective identity in the 19th century, including slave rebellions, non-nuclear family configurations, and labor unions. Genres he is particularly concerned with - both in research and pedagogy - include zines, pamphlets, speeches, technical and business documents, and anything utopian.
His research has been presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the Southwest Pop Culture Conference (SWPCA), and the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA). He presented on "Precarity and Activism" at the 2018 Modern Language Association (MLA) in New York City.
David serves on the executive board of the New Mexico chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English, a professional organization that advocates for social justice in literacy practices. He served as both the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) secretary from 2016-18. In the latter capacity, he pioneered UNM's first Time for Teaching pedagogy conference. In 2019, he was selected for the MLA's committee on Teaching as a Profession.
In his spare time, David networks with student and community activists on dismantling rape culture, fighting white supremacy, and deploying appropriate demonstration techniques. He lives in Albuquerque with his partner and their three cats. Time permitting, he also enjoys going to the gym, frequenting the range, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.