Swift's main field of teaching and research is late 19th- and early 20th-century British and American literature. He also taught for many years an interdisciplinary course on Los Angeles in Occidental's cultural studies program.
- Office: Swan Hall Room 232
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- Phone: (323) 259-2804
- Office Hours: On leave
Education: B.A., Middlebury College M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Swift's major research projects have involved the American novelist Willa Cather and her cultural/historical context. He has a longstanding interest in undergraduate research in the humanities.
He was the founding president of the board of directors of the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research, and he has been a member of the board of governors of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. He has also served as Occidental's associate dean of faculty and faculty president.