Steven Hobbs's research interests include religion and literature, the short story, novel theory, post-war American fiction, Modernism, literature and visual arts, literature and music, Pentecostalism, apocalypticism, James Joyce, Flannery O'Connor, and James Baldwin.
Hobbs has written on topics such as Biblical intertextuality in the work of D.H. Lawrence and literary exploration of the unconscious in the work of Marcel Proust for The Modernism Lab at Yale University. Hobbs is also a writer of fiction. He is presently working on a collection of linked short stories, some of which have been published in Letters, a literary journal from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
In addition, Hobbs serves on the general committee for the Prison Writing Program at PEN American Center and is also chairman of the fiction committee for the annual writing contest. He recently delivered a series of lectures for the Writer's Symposia Series at Saint Joseph's College MFA Program as well as a lecture on religious themes in the late fiction of Raymond Carver at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Hobbs's courses include The Art of Storytelling, The Short Story, Modes of Analysis, and Journal Writing. He also directs individualized studies with students on James Joyce and the literature of the Harlem Renaissance.