Brandi Wells

Contact Information

Office: GH-447

Dept: 657-278-3163

Brandi Wells 

Assistant Professor


My writing, research, and teaching circle around the speculative, whether that’s situated in realism or the fantastical. My debut novel, Cleaner, is a work of meta-fiction—its nighttime narrator imagines stories and lives for the daytime workers she never sees. I consider the capitalist workplace as a dystopian setting and explore a range of dystopias and apocalypses across feminist and queer speculative work. My students undertake imaginative play in crafting everything from fantasy worlds to the narrators of their persona poems. As a first-generation college graduate, I’m particularly interested in whose stories are told, whose voices are elevated, and having those conversations with students, as they begin the work of positioning themselves as experts in their fields. 


2023, Ph.D., Literature and Creative Writing, University of Southern California

2014, M.FA., Creative Writing, University of Alabama 

2008, B.A., English, B.A., Creative Writing, Georgia Southern University

Research Areas

Speculative Literature, Dystopian Literature, Workplace Fiction, Worldbuilding, and Feminist and Queer Literature



Cleaner Wildfire/Headline (UK), August 2023 and Hanover Square Press/Harpercollins (US), March 2024


This Boring Apocalypse Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015


Please Don’t Be Upset Tiny Hardcore Press, 2012

Office Hours

Spring 2024

TH 4:00pm - 7:00pm