Denise Du Vernay: mini biographical sketch

Denise Du Vernay grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of South Dakota with B.A. in English and a minor in Earth Science. Next, she moved to beautiful Tallahassee to attend Florida State University where she met her best friend and writing partner, Karma Waltonen. They both earned their masters’ there.

Together they rock the academic conference circuit and have co-written a pedagogical book on The Simpsons. Bigshots at The Simpsons have been so impressed by the book that they have been invited to visit the show twice.

Denise contributed a chapter to SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy: Soaking Up Secrets Under the SeaBreaking Bad and Philosophy: Badder Living Through Chemistry (both part of Open Court’s pop culture and philosophy series of books), and Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as Political Theory.

Denise lived in Milwaukee for eight glorious years where she worked as a server at Red Lobster and tech writer. She also taught at Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering. Denise now lives in Chicago where she teaches writing and coordinates the community-based learning program at Saint Xavier University.

She has contributed articles related to pop culture and education to OCWeekly, The Simpsons Archive,, Macmillan Dictionary and She has also guest blogged for USA Today’s Pop Candy. She likes to write, cook, watch TV, and one day hopes to have a yard so she can explore the magical world of extreme gardening. Email her at If you’d like to learn more about the book, see its website

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