Tim Gauthier currently serves as the Director of the Multidisciplinary Studies and Social Science Studies programs in the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). His research focuses on contemporary fiction and spans post-colonial concerns and artistic reactions to social and personal trauma experiences. He has published essays in Critique, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and College Literature among others. He is the author of Narrative Desire and Historical Reparations (Routledge, 2006), and 9/11 Fiction, Empathy and Otherness (Lexington Books, 2015). His current research examines the intersection of community and immunity. More specifically, his work studies the increased emphasis placed on (in)security in our respective communities and the resulting impact such strategies may have on a host of others. Relatedly, he recently published “Negotiating Community in the Interregnum: Zombies and Others in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead” in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.