University Profiles


Nathan M. Oates, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of English


Director of Creative Writing and author of The Empty House, winner of the Spokane Prize.

I have been teaching creative writing and literature courses in the Department of English at Seton Hall University since 2008. Before arriving at Seton Hall, I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in English and Creative Writing and my M.A. in Fiction Writing from the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University. In addition to teaching, I am the Director of Creative Writing for the Creative Writing major, and the Director of the Poetry-in-the-Round reading series.

Alongside my teaching, I am a fiction writer. My debut collection of short stories, The Empty House, won the 2012 Spokane Prize and was published in 2014. My short stories have been published in many magazines, including the Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Witness and my work has been included in the anthologies, Best American Mystery Stories 2008, Best American Mystery Stories 2012, and Forty Stories. I am currently at work on a novel and a new collection of short stories.

Curriculum vitae »


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2008
  • M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 2003
  • B.A., The University of Virginia, 1998

Academic Distinctions

  • Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology for "The Empty House" 2009
  • Selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2009, "The Empty House" 2009
  • Finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Award 2007
  • Finalist for the Saint Lawrence Book Award 2007
  • Border's Fellowship, The New York State Summer Writer's Institute 2005



Office Phone
(973) 761-9388


Office Location
Room 368
Fahy Hall


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