Professor of English
Dr. Andrew Karp holds an M.A. and a Ph.D from New York University and has been teaching at Dowling for over 20 years. Before academia, Dr. Karp worked in advertising (as V.P at McCann-Erickson International) and as president of his own New York City based writing/editing firm.
He has published widely on an eclectic range of academic subjects from Homer and Aeschylus to Shakespeare, the Gothic author Charles Maturin, and the works of children’s author L. Frank Baum. In addition, Dr. Karp is a playwright, theatrical producer, and actor who was Artistic Director of Dowling’s own Loft Theatre for ten years (when the Loft produced plays ranging from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to What the Butler Saw to Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!). He wrote and produced an original adaptation of the Epic of Sunjata which played at the Loft and is seeking a theatrical run in New York City. His plays have also been produced at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in Michigan and Playhouse Creatures Theatre in New York City. In addition, he trained as an actor at Stella Adler Studios and Shakespeare & Company, and has performed regionally with the Hampton Shakespeare Festival and the New England Shakespeare Festival.
Dr. Karp also teaches in the ESL program at Dowling and spent December, 2014 teaching English at Shenzhen Senior High School in Guangdong, China. Along with Dowling history professor, Dr. Guannan Li, he is pursuing a variety of cooperative ventures between Dowling and Shenzhen Senior High School.
Dr. Karp’s most popular courses are his online courses “Myths, Legends and Fairytales” and “Classic Children’s Literature,” favorites with education majors/future teachers. In addition, in conjunction with Dr. Josh Gidding in the English Department, he is expanding the Creative Writing offerings at Dowling to include genre fiction writing (such as Young Adult and Fantasy fiction) , Video Game Writing, and hands-on professional writing classes such as Copywriting. The English Department is in the process of developing a Professional Writing Track.
- ENG 1001A: Principles of Writing
- FYE 1036A: Myths, Fairy Tales and Fantasy
- ENG 2066A: Newswriting & Reporting
- ENG 2074A: Poetry Writing Workshop
- ENG 2077A: Film Writing
- ENG 2080A: Variable Creative Writing Topics such as Video Game Writing (Spring 2015) and Young Adult Fiction Writing (Spring 2014)
- ENG 3103/3104A: Shakespeare
- ENG 3116A: Classic Children’s Literature (online)
- ENG 3118C: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales (online)
- ENG 3155A: Art of Poetry