Faculty Short Bios

BeechyTiffany Beechy, Assistant Professor. Tiffany received her PhD in English from the University of Oregon in 2007 after completing an MFA in poetry at Columbia and an AB in Linguistics and English at Harvard. Her interest is in medieval poetics and aesthetics, broadly defined. Her recently published book, The Poetics of Old English (Ashgate, 2010), argues that scholarship has missed the poetic interest of much of the Old English corpus by adhering to modern definitions of poetry (may contain formal interest) and prose (no formal interest) rather than recognizing the meaningful poetic structure pervading all genres. Tiffany.Beechy@colorado.edu Tiffany Beechy’s Curriculum Vitae


BickmanMarty Bickman, Professor of English and Director, Service Learning. Marty has described his renewed commitment to student-centered education and participatory democracy in the classroom and the profession in a recent autobiographical article, “Returning to Community and Praxis”: muse.jhu.edu/journals/ped/summary/. He believes that the academic study of English has become too insulated from the world around it; even when it focuses on explicitly political issues such as race, class, and social justice, it rarely translates its commitments into interaction with the communities around it but instead devotes itselfmainly to churning out yet more articles and books read mainly by other professors.Bickman has tried to remedy this situation by radically restructruring his own classroom and enabling others to do so and by becoming Director of Service Learning. While his book Minding American Education won a national academic award, he soon discovered that meaningful educational change happens primarily at the local levels, working student to student and teacher to teacher. Martin.Bickman@colorado.edu Martin Bickman Curriculum Vitae


bradley2014HSAdam Bradley, Associate Professor. Adam is an associate professor specializing in African American literature. He received his BA from Lewis & Clark College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Bradley’s work considers the crosscurrents of literary and popular culture, from the fiction of Ralph Ellison to the lyrics of Jay-Z. He is the co-editor of the posthumous publication of Ellison’s Three Days Before the Shooting. . .: The Unfinished Second Novel (Modern Library, 2010) and the author of a critical study of Ellison’s life and work entitled  Ralph Ellison in Progress  (Yale University Press, 2010). He is also helping to define the emerging field of hip-hop poetics with Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop (Basic Civitas, 2009) and  The Anthology of Rap (Yale University Press, 2010). Beyond academia, his writing and commentary has appeared in The Washington PostThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal as well as on NPR and C-SPAN. He is presently at work on a cultural history of the Afro and several projects related to hip-hop music and culture. Adam.Bradley@colorado.edu Adam Bradley’s Curriculum Vitae Web site: AdamFBradley.com


carrWJulie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and the forthcoming Think Tank (Solid Objects, 2015). She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2013), and the co-editor of Active Romanticism: The Radical Impulse in Nineteenth-Century and Contemporary Poetic Practice, forthcoming from University of Alabama Press (2015). She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Sawtooth Poetry Prize, and The National Poetry Series. Her co-translations of Apollinaire and contemporary French poet, Leslie Kaplan have been published in Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere, and a chapbook of selections from Kaplan’s “Excess-The Factory” has recently been released by Commune Editions. Carr was a 2011-12 NEA fellow. Her work has been anthologized widely, including in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. Julie.Carr@colorado.edu Julie Carr’s Curriculum Vitae


thumbnail_jeff.ashx-2Jeffrey N. Cox, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs. Professor of English and Humanities. Research and teaching interests: Romanticism; cultural theory and cultural studies. Education: Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1981; B.A., Wesleyan University, 1975. Jeffrey.Cox@colorado.edu Jeffrey N. Cox’s Curriculum Vitae


DeShell1Jeffrey DeShell, Professor. Jeffrey DeShell has published six novels, the most recent Expectation (2013) and Arthouse (2011), both from FC2 , and a critical book of Poe’s fiction. He was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Budapest, and has taught in Northern Cyprus, the American Midwest and Bard College.  Currently he’s a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he lives with the novelist Elisabeth Sheffield and their two children. Jeffrey.Deshell@colorado.edu Jeffrey DeShell’s Curriculum Vitae


(Photo by  Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)Marcia Douglas, Associate Professor. Marcia is the author of the novels, Madam Fate and Notes from a Writer’s Book of Cures and Spells as well as the poetry collection,Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom. Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Whispers from Under the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction (Nalo Hopkinson, ed.),  The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (Mark McWatt and Stewart Brown, eds.), The Art of Friction: Where (Non)Frictions Come Together (Talbot and Blackstone, eds.), Mojo: Conjure Stories (Nalo Hopkinson, ed.),  Sisters of Caliban: Contemporary Women Poets of the Caribbean,(M.J. Fenwick, ed.), and The Forward Book of Poetry (Simon Armitage, ed.)She received her MFA from Ohio State University and PhD from State University of New York, Binghamton, and is an Associate Professor at CU, Boulder. MDouglas@colorado.edu Marcia Douglas’ Curriculum Vitae MarciaDouglas.com


Eggert1Katherine Eggert, Associate Professor. Katherine received her BA from Rice University (1984) and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (1991) and has taught at CU Boulder since 1991. Her book Showing Like a Queen: Female Authority and Literary Experiment in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton was published by Penn Press in 2000, and she has also published essays on Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, early modern science, and Shakespeare-on-film in collections and journals including Representations, ELH, English Literary Renaissance, Renaissance Drama, and Shakespeare Quarterly.She has held year-long fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Folger Shakespeare Library.She was Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of English from 2001 to 2004 and Chair from 2004 to 2010, and has served as the Vice President (2006-2007) and President (2008-2009) of the International Spenser Society. Having recently completed a book manuscript entitled Disknowledge: Alchemy and the Uses of Ignorance in Renaissance England, she is currently commencing new projects, including a book on Renaissance happiness. Katherine.Eggert@colorado.edu Katherine Eggert’s Curriculum Vitae


EmersonLori2014HSLori Emerson, Assistant Professor. Lori writes on digital literature, experimental American and Canadian writing from the 20th and 21st century, history of computing, and media theory. You can find some of her published essays here. In addition to directing the Media Archaeology Lab she is currently working on two book projects. The first is a monograph, ReadingWriting Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound (forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press, Spring 2014). The second is The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Humanities, co-edited with Marie-Laure Ryan and Benjamin Robertson (forthcoming 2014). Emerson is also co-editor, with Derek Beaulieu, of Writing Surfaces: The Selected Fiction of John Riddell (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2013) and co-editor, with Darren Wershler, of The Alphabet Game: a bpNichol Reader (Coach House Books 2007). Lori.Emerson@colorado.edu Lori Emerson’s Curriculum Vitae LoriEmerson.net


garrity1Jane Garrity, Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Jane received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (1994). Her research focus is on early 20th-century British literature, with a special interest in: modernism and empire; gender and sexuality studies; cultural studies.She is the author of Step-Daughters of England: British Women Modernists and the National Imaginary (Manchester University Press, 2003); the editor of a special issue on “Queer Space,” ELN: English Language Notes (Spring 2007); and the co-editor, with Laura Doan, of Sapphic Modernities: Sexuality, Women, and National Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). She is currently at work on a book titled Material Modernism: Fashioning Bloomsbury. Jane.Garrity@colorado.edu Jane Garrity’s Curriculum Vitae


GladstoneJSMJason Gladstone, Instructor. Jason’s research and teaching focus is on the interrelations of American literature, media, and environments—primarily in the post-1945 period. He received his BA from Williams College and his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. He is completing the manuscript for his first book, Lines in the Dirt: American Postmodernism and The Failure of Technology, which focuses on a set of postwar works of American literature, visual art, and critical theory. Lines in the Dirt argues that what most characterizes the late twentieth-century is not, as is often assumed, the threat posed to the human by technology, but rather that imposed by technology’s failure. He is co-editor of the volumes “Postmodern, Then” (with Daniel Worden) and Postwar/Postmodern—And After (with Andrew Hoberek and Daniel Worden). His work has appeared in Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literature. Jason.Gladstone@colorado.edu  Jason Gladstone’s Curriculum Vitae


glimp1David Glimp, Associate Professor. David specializes in Renaissance English literature. Most of his work has explored how English authors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries engaged aspects of Renaissance moral and political philosophy, though he also has interests in contemporary literary and social theory. He is the author of Increase and Multiply: Governing Cultural Reproduction in Early Modern England (Minnesota, 2003), and the co-editor of Arts of Calculation: Quantifying Thought in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave, 2004).He is currently working on two projects, one on discourses of security and the genres of emergency in the Renaissance and another on how the theological concept of “the creature” impacts definitions of personhood in early modern moral philosophy and literature.His essays have appeared in ELH, MLQ, Criticism, Western Humanities Review, and post medieval. David.Glimp@colorado.edu David Glimp’s Curriculum Vitae


Goodman1Nan Goodman, Professor. Nan was a Visiting Professor of Law and Humanities at Georgetown University Law Center (Spring 2011) and at Boğaziçi Unıversıty in Istanbul (Summer 2011). She is the author of Banished:Common Law and the Rhetoric of Social Exclusion in Early New England (2012), Shifting the Blame: Literature, Law, and the Theory of Accidents in Nineteenth-Century America (1998, 2000),co-editor of The Turn Around Religion in American Literature (2011, Ashgate), editor of “Juris-dictions,” a special issue of English Language Notes (Fall/Winter 2010), and author of many essays on early American literature and issues related to law and the humanities. Nan.Goodman@colorado.edu Nan Goodman’s Curriculum Vitae


Gordon 2012Noah Eli Gordon, Assistant Professor. Noah is the author of eight books, including The Year of the Rooster (Ahsahta Press, 2013), The Source (Futurepoem, 2011), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. Gordon is the co-publisher of Letter Machine Editions, an editor with The Volta, and an Assistant Professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at The University of Colorado–Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press. His essays, reviews, creative nonfiction, criticism, and poetry appear widely, including journals such as Bookforum, Seneca Review, Boston Review, Fence, Hambone, and in the anthologies Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, Poets on Teaching, and Burning Interiors: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics. NoahEliGordon.com Noah.Gordon@Colorado.edu


greenJJeremy Green, Associate Professor. Jeremy specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, innovative fiction, poetics, and literary theory.He received his BA from Oxford University and his Ph.D from Cambridge University (1993).His book, Late Postmodernism: American Fiction at the Millennium (Palgrave, 2005), focuses on the shifting contours of the literary field in the last decade of the 20th century and beyond, and addresses in particular the anxieties arising from the perceived obsolescence of the novel as a form and print as a medium.He is currently at work on two projects: a study of American and British fiction in the age of neoliberalism; and a short history of modern poetics. Jeremy.Green@colorado.edu Jeremy F. Green’s Curriculum Vitae


HarringtonSMEmily Harrington, Assistant Professor. Emily teaches and writes about Victorian literature, poetry and poetics, aestheticism, and women’s writing. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and her PhD from the University of Michigan. Harrington’s writing examines the place of poetry in Victorian culture, addressing questions of how poetry shapes and is shaped by experience. Her first book, Second Person Singular: Late Victorian Women Poets and the Bonds of Verse, argues that women poets viewed lyric poetry as relational and interactive, rather than as an expression of a solitary soul, focusing on “thou” as much as “I.” Harrington’s next project, The Poetics and Politics of Waiting in Victorian Poetry, will investigate temporality and a dynamics of deferral in a variety of poets. For a number of Victorian poets, action can be counterproductively rash and patience is required for both aesthetic and social progress. Emily.M.Harrington@colorado.edu  Emily Harrington Curriculum Vitae


hasan1Raza Ali Hasan, Instructor. Raza Ali is the author of two books, Grieving Shias (Sheep Meadow Press, 2006) and 67 Mogul Miniatures (Autumn House Press, 2009). His poems have appeared in AGNI, Shenandoah, Drunken Boat and Blackbird. He is originally from Pakistan and came to America in 1991. He received his MFA from Syracuse University. He is currently an instructor in the English department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ali.Hasan@colorado.edu Raza Ali Hasan’s Curriculum Vitae


heydt3W1Jillian Heydt-Stevenson, Associate Professor. Jillian’s primary scholarly interests radiate around British and French Romanticism. She has published on narrative theory, fashion, cosmopolitanism, ruins, and landscape architecture, and focused on such authors as Austen, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Edgeworth, Burney, and Bernardin de St. Pierre; specific books and volumes include Austen’s Unbecoming Conjunctions: Subversive Laughter, Embodied History (Palgrave, 2005), which was the winner of a CU Boulder Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award; Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830 (with Charlotte Sussman; Liverpool UP, 2008); and she was also the associate editor of Last Poems of William Wordsworth: 1821-1850 (Cornell UP, 1999). She began her academic career at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she received a University Teaching Excellence Award. After four years there, she was hired at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature-Humanities. At Boulder, she has also served as the Director of the Center for British and Irish Studies. She has been invited to give lectures at the British Women Writers Conference (Texas A&M); Providence College, The University of Zurich, The University of Pennsylvania, the Harvard Romantics Group, the Jane Austen Society of the Southwest (Los Angeles), and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. Her current book project is The Afterlife of Things: Belongings in Nineteenth-Century French and British Literature. Jill.Heydt@colorado.edu Jill Heydt-Stevenson’s Curriculum Vitae


higashidaWCheryl Higashida, Associate Professor. Cheryl works on African American, ethnic, and radical literatures, and on American and gender studies.Her essays have appeared in American Literature, American Quarterly, and Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections between African Americans and Asian Americans. Her book Black Internationalist Feminism: Women Writers of the Black Left, 1955-1995, is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press.She is currently researching the cultural politics of the Black Power and Black Consciousness movements in the U.S. and South Africa. Cheryl.Higashida@colorado.edu Cheryl Higashida’s Curriculum Vitae


hoJJanice Ho, Assistant Professor. Janice received her BA (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland in Australia, and her MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University (2005, 2008). She has research and teaching interests in twentieth-century British literature and culture; British and transnational modernisms; postcolonial and Anglophone literatures; and histories and theories of the novel. Her monograph, Nation and Citizenship in the Twentieth-Century British Novel, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2015. She has also published essays on Joseph Conrad, Leonard Woolf, Salman Rushdie, and the politics of modernism in venues like Modern Fiction Studies, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Literature Compass and Journal of Modern Literature. Janice.Ho@colorado.edu Janice Ho’s Curriculum Vitae


hurleyKKelly Hurley, Associate Professor. Kelly teaches Victorian studies, popular genres, and literary theory.She received her B.A. from Reed College and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the author of The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siécle and is currently completing a monograph on Horror film spectatorship. Kelly.Hurley@colorado.edu Kelly Hurley’s Curriculum Vitae


JacobsKKaren JacobsAssociate Professor. Karen received her BA from Washington University (1982) and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (1993). Dr. Jacobs specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, visual culture studies, and critical theory. She is the author of The Eye’s Mind: Literary Modernism and Visual Culture (Cornell 2001); the editor of the English Language Notes special issue, Photography and Literature (2006); and the editor of a translation of French critic Liliane Louvel’s Poetics of the Iconotext (Ashgate 2011). She has also written on queer theory, collective memory, and public art. She is currently completing a book titled Trace Atlas: Itineraries of Postmodern Literary Space, for which she just received an NEH fellowship. Karen.Jacobs@colorado.edu Karen S. Jacobs’ Curriculum Vitae


Stephen Graham Jones, Professor. As of Spring 2014, Stephen has 20 books out — five collections and 15 novels. This year he has two or three more out as well: the young adult Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (Dzanc, with Paul Tremblay), After the People Lights Have Gone Off (horror collection, Dark House), and Once Upon a Time in Texas (Trapdoor), the second installment of his Bunnyhead Chronicles. He also has a couple hundred short stories published, from literary journals to truck-enthusiast magazines, from textbooks to anthologies to best-of-the-year annuals. Jones has been an NEA Fellow, a Texas Writers League Fellow, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Multicultural Award. His areas of interest, aside from fiction writing, are horror, science fiction, fantasy, film, comic books, pop culture, technology, and American Indian Studies. Jones received his BA in English and Philosophy from Texas Tech University (1994), his MA in English from the University of North Texas (1996), and his PhD from Florida State University (1998). Jones’ current projects are a werewolf novel, a young adult novel, and a comic book. sgjones@colorado.edu DemonTheory.net


kawinBBruce KawinProfessor of English and Film Studies. Bruce is rostered in the English Department, where he has been teaching since 1975, and also teaches in the Film Studies Program. He received an A.B. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia (1967), an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Filmmaking from Cornell (1969), and a Ph.D. in Modern British and American Literature and Film Aesthetics from Cornell (1970). He has written several books of film and literary theory, including Telling It Again and Again, Mindscreen, and The Mind of the Novel. He has also written three books on Faulkner’s screenplays and two film textbooks. Every few years he updates a widely used textbook, A Short History of the Movies (co-authored by the late Gerald Mast). He has just published a book called Horror and the Horror Film, and his book of poems, Love If We Can Stand It, will be published this fall. Next year his book of film essays and interviews, Getting It Right, will come out. His special interests include film history, screenwriting, genre study, modern literature (poetry, prose, and drama), and comparative literature. Bruce.Kawin@colorado.edu Bruce Kawin’s Curriculum Vitae


kelseyPPenelope Myrtle Kelsey, Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies. Penny is of Seneca descent (patrilineal) with family roots in western New York and Pennsylvania. She received her BA from Manchester College (1994) and her Ph.D. from Minnesota (2002).She studies Native American literature, film, and theory.Her book, Tribal Theory in Native American Literature: Dakota and Haudenosaunee Writing and Worldviews, was published by University of Nebraska Press in 2008. She edited a collection of essays, Strawberries in Brooklyn: Maurice Kenny Considered, which will be published by SUNY Press in 2011. Her current project is Building a Longhouse: Essays on Haudenosaunee Tribal Theory, Film, and Literature, which considers Iroquois visual traditions, intellectual transmission, and epistemology. Penelope.Kelsey@Colorado.edu Penelope Kelsey’s Curriculum Vitae


Mary KlagesMary Klages, Associate Professor. Mary.Klages@colorado.edu Mary Klages’ Curriculum Vitae


KocherRERuth Ellen Kocher, Professor and Associate Chair, Creative Writing Program. Ruth Ellen is the author of domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press 2013), One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press 2003), When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering, Winner of the Green Rose Prize in Poetry (New Issues Press 2002), and Desdemona’s Fire winner of the Naomi Long Madget Award for African American Poets (Lotus Press 1999). Her poems have been translated into Persian in the Iranian literary magazine She’r and have appeared or are forthcoming in various anthologies including, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Black Nature, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, An Anthology for Creative Writers: The Garden of ForkingPaths, IOU: New Writing On Money, New Bones: Contemporary Black Writing in America. She has taught poetry writing for the University of Missouri, Southern Illinois University, the New England College Low Residency MFA program, the Indiana Summer Writer’s workshop, and Washington University’s Summer Writing program. She is Associate Chair and Director of the CreativeWriting Program at the University of Colorado. Ruthellen.Kocher@Colorado.edu Ruth Ellen Kocher’s Curriculum Vitae


KuskinWWilliam KuskinProfessor and Chair. William writes on the history of books, from medieval manuscripts, through the advent of printing, to twenty-first century comic books. He has publishedtwo books on England’s first printer, William Caxton, a monograph, Symbolic Caxton: Literary Culture and Print Capitalism (Notre Dame Press, 2008), and an edited collection, Caxton’s Trace: Studies in the History of English Printing (Notre Dame Press, 2006).He has written on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century English literature, world literature, online pedagogy, and graphic novels, including guest editing a special issue of ELN, Graphia: Literary Criticism and the Graphic Novel.His new book, on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and literary time is titled Recursive Origins: Writing at the Transition to Modernity, and has just been published and is just out from the University of Notre Dame Press. William also teaches a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Comic Books and Graphic Novels.  For details, visit: class-central.com/mooc/728/coursera-comic-books-and-graphic-novels William.Kuskin@colorado.edu William Kuskin’s Curriculum Vitae


labioCCatherine LabioAssociate Professor. Catherine Labio specializes in modern and contemporary intellectual history and in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature, particularly literature and economics and literature and the visual arts.She teaches courses on the literature, philosophy, and visual culture of Britain and Western Europe since the eighteenth century. She is the author of Origins and the Enlightenment: Aesthetic Epistemology from Descartes to Kant (Cornell University Press, 2004), the editor of Belgian Memories (Yale French Studies, 2002), and the co-editor of an interdisciplinary collection of essays titled ‘The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture, and the Crash of 1720 (Yale University Press, 2013). She is currently working on two book-length projects: one on literature and finance since the eighteenth century and the other on comics in relation to the other arts. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University and has taught in the Departments of Comparative Literature and French at Yale University, the English Department of Reed College, and the Masters in Intercultural Management (MIME) of the Brussels Business School (ICHEC). Catherine.Labio@Colorado.edu   Catherine Labio’s Curriculum Vitae


lamosSSteve Lamos, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Program for Writing and Rhetoric. Steve (PhD 2004, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) studies the history and evolution of writing instruction within the U.S. academy. Lamos’ first book, In the Interests of Opportunity: Race, Racism, and University Writing Instruction in the Post-Civil Rights Era (Pittsburgh UP, 2011) analyzes issues of race and racism within the history of “basic writing” instruction. His work examines historical and contemporary labor issues relevant to non-tenure-track college and university writing teachers.He has also published articles in College Composition and Communication, College English, and the Journal of Basic Writing, and has a forthcoming chapter in the volume New Directions in Writing Research (SIUP, 2011). Lamos also serves as an Associate Director of the Program for Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), where he teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses and helps administer several key program components, including the Writing Center. steve.lamos@colorado.edu Steven J. Lamos’ Curriculum Vitae


lesterAnne Lester, Associate Professor. Anne studies the social and religious history of Europe during the High Middle Ages (1000-1400). She became interested in medieval history while working on an archeological excavation of a medieval French abbey as an undergraduate. She completed her B.A. at Brown University (1996) during which time she also studied at Oxford University for a year. She is currently completing a book that examines the social and spiritual functions of Cistercian convents in the context of new religious movements in thirteenth-century northern France. Lester teaches courses on the medieval church, legal history, colonization and the crusades, and women in the pre-modern world. Her research interests also include the history of foundling homes and hospitals, the institutionalization of charity as well as the development and definition of urban centers during the Middle Ages. During the 2004/5 academic year Professor Lester was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Medieval Institute at University of Notre Dame. Anne.Lester@colorado.edu http://spot.colorado.edu/~alester/


levittPPaul M. Levitt, Professor. Paul, who trained in modern drama, has written plays for the BBC, more than 20 books–novels, juvenile, YA, scholarly, medical, legal–and nearly 50 articles, ranging from the literary to the political to the pedagogical.He regards himself as a utility infielder.He can play most any position. paul.levitt@colorado.edu Paul M. Levitt’s Curriculum Vitae


LittleKKatie Little, Associate Professor. Katie received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her PhD from Duke University. She taught at Vassar College and Fordham University before coming to the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. She has published two books, the first on the late medieval heresy, Lollardy — Confession and Resistance: Defining the Self in Late Medieval England (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006) and the second on the emergence of pastoral — Transforming Work: Early Modern Pastoral and Late Medieval Poetry (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). She has also published essays in the Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, and Exemplaria. Her research and teaching interests include late medieval literature and religion, the Reformation, and Edmund Spenser’s poetry. At present she is working on a book on humanist poetics in sixteenth-century England. Katherine.C.Little@colorado.edu  Katie Little’s Curriculum Vitae


MattarKKarim MattarAssistant Professor. Karim specializes in postcolonial studies. He received his DPhil in English from the University of Oxford (2013), after earning degrees at UCL (BA, 2003), Warwick (MA, 2004), Sussex (MA, 2005), and Virginia (MA, 2009). Dr. Mattar’s research and teaching interests include Middle Eastern literatures in English, Palestinian literature and culture, the global novel, postcolonial studies, world literature, critical theory (esp. Marxism), and modernism. His work charts a post-Saidian world literary landscape where the political, religious, and gender ideologies that undergird conflict between ‘occidental’ and ‘oriental’ cultures both determine literary circulation, and are mediated through form. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Interventions, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Translation and Literature, English Language Notes, and elsewhere. His special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing on “The Global Checkpoint,” co-edited with David Fieni, came out in early 2014, and his edited special issue of English Language Notes on “Cartographies of Dissent” is due out in early 2015. In 2012, he, with Anna Ball and Mohamed-Salah Omri, co-convened the first ever “Oxford Palestine Film Season”, which featured a range of Palestinian filmmakers and scholars. He is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled “The Middle Eastern Novel in English: Literary Transnationalism after Orientalism,” as well as, with Anna Ball, a co-edited volume on “The Postcolonial Middle East.” Karim.Mattar@colorado.edu  Karim Mattar Curriculum Vitae


Muller-SieversHHelmut Muller-Sievers, Director, Center for Humanities & Arts and Professor of Germanic & Slavic Language & Literature with a Courtesy Appointment in the Department of English. Helmut has MA in German and Latin Literature, FU Berlin 1985, Ph.D. in German and the Humanities, Stanford 1990. His work is concerned with the interrelations of literature, science, philosophy, and with the history of philology and interpretation. For more details, visit Professor Muller-Sievers webpage within the Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literature website. Helmut.Muller-Sievers@colorado.edu


munkhoffRRichelle MunkhoffAssistant Professor. Richelle specializes in early modern English literature and culture. Her research and teaching interests include Shakespeare, women writers before 1700, and the social history of medicine. Her current book project, Reading the Parish: Literature and Public Health in Post-Reformation England, examines the significance of the urban parish on civic identity as well as spiritual and bodily health. A related project, Searchers of the Dead: Poor Women and Parish Public Health in England, 1570-1840, examines the role of women in determining cause of death and keeping vital statistics across the long early modern period. She has articles on the searchers, Queen Elizabeth and plague, and the bills of mortality. She was awarded the Newcomb Alumnae Association Award for Excellence in Non-Tenured Teaching at Tulane University in 2004, and her essay on “Professing in the Aftermath of Katrina” is in the online journal Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. Richelle.Munkhoff@colorado.edu Richelle Munkhoff’s Curriculum Vitae


ImageUnavailPaul NeimannInstructor. Paul received his B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.He has written for newspapers and taught previously at UT-Austin and Fordham University.His academic interests include eighteenth-century English literature and religion, as well as psychoanalytic theory. Paul.Neimann@colorado.edu


RiveraJMJohn-Michael Rivera, Associate Professor of English and Interim Faculty Director, Program of Writing & Rhetoric. John-Michael.Rivera@colorado.edu John-Michael Rivera’s Curriculum Vitae


riversJEEd Rivers, Professor of English and a President’s Teaching Scholar. Ed is a two-time winner of the Faculty Assembly Teaching Award and has also held the University’s Distinguished Teaching Lectureship. His main areas of interest are comparative literature, translation theory and practice, and pedagogy. He regularly teaches a graduate seminar called Theory and Practice of Literary Translation and has published translations from French, German, Spanish, and Chinese. He is especially interested in the life and work of Vladimir Nabokov, on whom he has published a number of essays and a co-edited book, Nabokov’s Fifth Arc. He is also the author of the award-winning book Proust and the Art of Love. A recent and evolving interest is digital theory and practice. He created and regularly teaches two computer-based courses, Multimedia Composition and Multimedia Sound, listed jointly with the English Department and the university’s creative technology program, known as ATLAS. In keeping with his recent digital interests, he is also a sometime digital composer, digital performer, and digital filmmaker. Ed.Rivers@colorado.edu J. Edwin Rivers’ Curriculum Vitae


RobertsonBBenjamin J Robertson, Instructor. Ben earned his PhD from the University at Buffalo in 2007. Before coming to Colorado he taught in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Tech (2006 – 2008). His scholarly interests include: digital media, music, contemporary American literature and culture, science fiction/fantasy, and critical theory. His writing has appeared in Configurations, Hyperrhiz, Science Fiction Studies, Amodem, and Itineration, among other places. With Lori Emerson and Marie-Laure Ryan he has edited The John Hopkins Guide to Digital Media, forthcoming in 2014. He is currently working on Here at the End of All Things: Generic Histories and The Age of the World Playlist. Benjamin.J.Robertson@colorado.edu Benjamin J. Robertson’s Curriculum Vitae


sheffieldEElisabeth Sheffield, Associate Professor. Elisabeth is the author of three novels: Gone (FC2, 2003) and Fort Da: A Report (FC2, 2009), and Helen Keller Really Lived (forthcoming Fall 2014)  She is also the author of a critical monograph on James Joyce (Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 1998), and various works of short fiction, which have appeared in literary journals including Pretext, 13th Moon, the Denver Quarterly and Gargoyle.She has lived and taught on both coasts of the US, as well as in between, in Northern Cyprus, in Germany, where she had a Fulbright in 1999-2000, and in Northern Ireland, where she currently holds a Fulbright at the Seamus Heaney Centre, at Queen’s University Belfast (Spring 2014).  In 2012, she received a National Endowment of the Arts Award for her fiction. She lives in Boulder, with fellow CU Creative Writing faculty member and  writer Jeffrey DeShell, and their two young sons. Elisabeth.Sheffield@colorado.edu Elisabeth Sheffield’s Curriculum Vitae


StevensonJJohn A. StevensonDean of the Graduate School and Professor of English. John has been a faculty member at Boulder since 1982, and is a scholar of British literature of the eighteenth century, and the author of two books, including most recently, The Real History of Tom Jones (2005), which won the Eugene Kayden Book Prize in 2007.His articles on the eighteenth- and nineteenth century novel have appeared in such journals as PMLA and ELH; he has also presented his work at conferences many times, both nationally and internationally.He was formerly Chair of the English Department (1996-2004), and Interim Director of the Program for Writing and Rhetoric (2001-02). He joined the Graduate School as Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education in 2005. As Dean, he oversees more than 100 graduate degree-granting programs on the Boulder campus. John’s degrees include a BA Summa cum Laude, Duke University, 1975, and a PhD, University of Virginia, 1983. John.Stevenson@colorado.edu John Allen Stevenson’s Curriculum Vitae


sullivanPPatricia A. Sullivan, Professor of English and Program for Writing and Rhetoric. Patricia.Sullivan@colorado.edu Patricia A. Sullivan’s Curriculum Vitae


ToulouseTSMTeresa Toulouse, Professor. Teresa is a scholar of American literature from the colonial period through the Civil War. Before coming to CU in 2007, she taught at Tulane University in New Orleans. She is the author of two monographs: The Art of Prophesying: New England Sermons and the Shaping of Belief (1987) and The Captive’s Position: Female Narrative, Male Identify and Royal Authority in Colonial New England (2007). She also co-edited volume two of The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1992). Currently, she is editing a collections of essays on interstitial spaces in New Orleans architecture and culture, and writing a monograph on comparative conceptions of the “holy” person in the early Americas. Her areas of interest include not only the early periods in American writing and culture, but also literatures of American urbanism and environmental literatures. Teresa.Toulouse@colorado.edu Teresa Toulouse’s Curriculum Vitae


whiteEEric White, Associate Professor. Eric received his BA from Columbia University, his MA from Cambridge University and his PhD in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. White’s teaching and research interests include literary theory, literature and science, fantastic fiction and film, and the history of rhetoric. He is the author of Kaironomia: On the Will-to-Invent. In his current work-in-progress, he explores aesthetic implications of the concept of mutability in modern literature, science, and the arts. Eric.White@colorado.edu Eric White’s Curriculum Vitae


WinkielLLaura Winkiel, Associate Professor. Laura earned her BBA at the University of Notre Dame (1987), worked on Wall Street, then earned an M.A. In English (1991) from New York University and a PhD in English literature from the University of Notre Dame (1999). Laura Winkiel’s research interests include modernism, postcolonial literature and theory. She has written articles for Modernism/Modernity, Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of Modern Literature, and Safundi, as well as for several essay collections. She is author of Modernism, Race and Manifestos (Cambridge, 2008) and co-editor of Geomodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity (Indiana, 2005). She has served as American editor of Twentieth Century and Contemporary  British and Postcolonial Literature for Literature Compass and is currently Senior Editor of English Language Notes. She is currently working on two books: Epic Worlds and the Long Twentieth Century (forthcoming) and Modernism: The Basics (a world approach to modernism), Routledge, 2015. Laura.Winkiel@colorado.edu Laura Winkiel’s Curriculum Vitae


 

WindellMSMMaria A. Windell, Assistant Professor. In both her writing and her teaching, Maria investigates the intersections between genre, nation, history, and transamerican studies. She received her BA from Purdue University and her PhD from the University of Virginia. She is completing the manuscript for her first book project, Sentimental Diplomacy: US Literary History and the Transamerican Nineteenth Century, which argues that as the U.S. reacted to and intervened in conflicts such as the Haitian Revolution, the U.S.-Mexican War, and Cuba’s wars for independence, a particular thread of sentimental discourse actively engaged anxieties about national identity, permeable national boundaries, and the expanding U.S. imperial presence. Her second book project, Novel Imperial Imaginaries: Early US Military, Diplomatic, and Literary History, explores how late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century military and diplomatic writings reconfigure U.S. literary developments. Her work has appeared in such journals as Nineteenth-Century Literature and J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Maria.Windell@colorado.edu  Maria Windell’s Curriculum Vitae


winokurMMark Winokur, Associate Professor. Mark Winokur publishes and teaches on race, ethnicity, film/media, and digital media. Mark.Winokur@colorado.edu Mark Winokur’s Curriculum Vitae


ImageUnavailFNicole Wright, Assistant Professor. Nicole.Wright@colorado.edu


YoungquistPPaul Youngquist, Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies. Paul.Youngquist@Colorado.edu Paul Youngquist’s Curriculum Vitae


ZemkaSSue Zemka, Professor. Professor Zemka received her PhD from Stanford and her BA from Saint Louis University. She studies Victorian literature and culture and has written on the novel, temporality, media history, and religion. Her recent book, Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Society (Cambridge UP, 2011), analyzes the nineteenth-century fascination with suddenness and momentary events. Her essays have appeared in ELH, Representations, Victorian Studies, and Nineteenth-Century Literature. She also teaches “The Bible as Literature” and is on the faculty for the Program in Jewish Studies.Sue.Zemka@colorado.edu Sue Zemka’s Curriculum Vitae