Hellmann came to OSU-Lima in 1977 after earning his Ph.D. in English
from Kent State University. His first book was a study of
experiments in literary journalism during the 1960s entitled FABLES
OF FACT: THE NEW JOURNALISM AS NEW FICTION (1981).
During 1983-84 he was the recipient of an award from the American
Council of Learned Societies that supported his study of the effect of
the Vietnam War on American culture. AMERICAN MYTH
AND THE LEGACY OF VIETNAM was
published in 1986 by Columbia University Press. He has twice
served as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Europe, at the University of
Antwerp in 1984 and at the University of Bonn in 1992-93. In
he was promoted to the rank of full professor. His third book, THE
KENNEDY OBSESSION: THE AMERICAN MYTH OF JFK,
was published by Columbia in 1997. He teaches
American literature, film, and culture, and is currently working on a book on the films of Alfred Hitchcock.