Ph.D. (1978), American literature, University of South Carolina. He is the author of Voice and Eye in Faulknerís Fiction (1983), Robert Penn Warren and the American Imagination (1990), and Reading Faulkner: Light in August (1994). He has edited three collections of Georgia writing: Georgia Voices: Fiction (1992), Georgia Voices: Non-Fiction (1994), and Georgia Voices: Poetry (2000). His most recent anthology After O'Connor: Stories from Contemporary Georgia was published in the fall of 2003 and was recognized with the Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2004. He has also edited the New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature (2007) and co-edited Critical Essays on Don Delillo (2000) with Tim Engles. Currently he is Literature section editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia. He has published essays on Faulkner, Warren, John Irving, Jack Kerouac, John Kennedy Toole, James Wilcox, Thomas Wolfe, Erskine Caldwell, and other writers as well as on film. Recent essays include "The State of Robert Penn Warren," a discussion of seventeen books about Warren in the fall 2002 Southern Review, an essay on O Brother, Where Art Thou? in the winter 2003 issue of Southern Cultures, a chapter on the novel The Sure Hand of God in Reading Erskine Caldwell: New Essays (2006), and an essay on Georgia poet Byron Herbert Reece in The Chattahoochee Review (2007). A chapter on Faulkner's short stories recently appeared in the Blackwell Companion to the American Short Story. An essay entitled "American Dreams and Country Music: Nashville and Payday" recently appeared in a volume entitled Southerners on Film: Essays on Hollywood Portrayals Since the 1970s. His teaching and research interests include American literature, Southern literature, the novel, popular culture, and American film. In 2007 Ruppersburg received the Governor's Award in the Humanities; in 2009 he received the Albert Christ-Janer Award for Creative Research from the University of Georgia. In 2013 he was named University Professor.