Dr. M.G. Aune

Professor and Honors Director

Department of Culture, Media, and Performance


Dr. Aune is a professor of English and director of the University Honors Program. Born and raised in suburban Detroit, he came to Cal U in 2007 after living, studying, or teaching in New York, Detroit, Poland (with the Peace Corps), New Orleans, and North Dakota. In his free time, he enjoys reading detective fiction and listening to jazz.


  • Introduction to the Animated Film

  • Shakespeare
  • English Literature I
  • Topics in Arts & Humanities - The Auteur Film
  • Shakespeare and Film
  • Honors Composition I and II

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare in film and performance, film studies, British Literature, Honors First Year Seminar.

Current Research Projects 

  • A longitudinal study of the relationship between first year seminar and the recruitment and retention of honors students.

  • A study of the reception of King Kong (1977), camp, and feminist film criticism.

Selected Research Projects 

  • “Ophelia’s Space: Characterizing Shakespeare’s Women in Popular Film.” Journal of Popular Film and Television. (2019).

  • “Exploring Historical Veracity in King John.” in Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s History Plays. Ed. Laurie Ellinghausen. (Modern Language Association 2017).

  • With Hannah Kovscek (student). “Measuring the Success of Honors First-Year Seminar through End-of-Semester Assessments.” National Collegiate Honors Council conference (2016).


  • B.A.: English, Michigan State University
  • M.A.: New York University
  • Ph.D.: Wayne State University

Email: aune@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-4341

Office: Azorsky Hall Room 221