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Warm congratulations go out to Professors David Van Leer and Winfried
Schleiner. Thank you for your service to UC Davis. You will both be truly
missed. Enjoy retirement!
As I start in as chair, it’s a
pleasure to see gathered together
here just a few of the recent
accomplishments and events of
our English Department and its alumni. The achievements are all the more impressive in the midst of this tough environment for humanities funding. It’s less heartening to lose through retirements the irrepressible David Van Leer and the polymath Winfried Schleiner (pictured to the right) without immediate David Van Leer prospects of replacing their positions. Still, the range of activities and publications documented in this newsletter suggests that the department nevertheless keeps expanding—at least in intellectual ways….
We’re grateful to Pete Scully for the sketch of UC Davis above (and for more on his work visit http://petescully.com). Thanks go to Nathan Milos for pulling together information here (and for the typewriter sketch).
Scott Simmon Chair English Department Winfried Schleiner Recent Placement News Ann Bliss (Ph.D. 2006) has accepted the offer of Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, San Antonio file:///C|/Users/Ron%20O/Documents/enlnews/newsletter_09-10/01default.html[3/6/2012 11:31:32 AM] English Department Newsletter 2009-2010 : Main Page Margaret France (Ph.D. 2010) accepted a tenure-track position in the Program in Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey Catherine Fung (Ph.D. 2010) accepted a tenure-track position at Bentley University Kathy Heininge (Ph.D. 2002) was promoted to Associate Professor this year at George Fox University Jessica Howell (Ph.D. 2008) holds a three-year Wellcome postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Health and the Humanities at King's College, London Ben Jahn (M.A. 2007) teaches English at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg and at the College of Marin Megan Kaminski (M.A. 2005) is a Lecturer at the University of Kansas Christian Kiefer (Ph.D. 2006) has been awarded a tenure-track position at American River College Kristen Sundberg Lunstrum joined the creative writing faculty at Purchase College, SUNY in 2008 Whitney Shuman (B.A. 2009) will begin a M.A. program in Moving Image Archive Studies at UCLA Melvin Sterne (M.A. 2003) is an Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Bosnia and Herzegovina Monica Storss (M.A. 2008) is the new publicist for Wilderness Press Dominick Tracy (Ph.D. 2003) is now the Assistant Director of Humanities & Sciences at California College of the Arts (SF/Oakland) Jan VanStavern (M.A. 1991; Ph.D. 1996) is Associate Professor (adjunct) at Dominican University, CA Chris Westage (Ph.D. 2005) has obtained tenure-track position at CSU Fullerton in 2007 in Modern and Contemporary Drama
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Gina Bloom's essay on early modern drinking games, "Manly Drunkenness: Binge Drinking as Disciplined Play," has just been published in the collection Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650, eds. Amanda Bailey and Roze Hentschell (Palgrave Press, 2010). Bloom has spent the academic year in Washington, D.C., on a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. While on the east coast, she delivered papers at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and The George Washington University.
Gregory Dobbins finished his book Lazy Idle Schemers: Irish Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Idleness. It will be published by Field Day Publications of the University of Notre Dame in 2010. Over the past year, Dobbins has been invited to give talks at NYU, UC Irvine, and St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In May 2010, Margie Ferguson taught two classes on "Unfolding Hamlet" for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
Alessa Johns has two articles that will be appearing this year:
“Feminism and Utopianism” will appear in The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature, ed. Gregory Claeys (Cambridge file:///C|/Users/Ron%20O/Documents/enlnews/newsletter_09-10/02faculty_news.html[3/6/2012 11:31:33 AM] English Department Newsletter 2009-2010 : Faculty News University Press, forthcoming 2010) and "Mary Astell's 'Excited Needles': Imitation, Circulation, and a Theory of Feminist Utopia," which is Chapter One of her book Women's Utopias of the Eighteenth Century and has been selected to be reprinted in Literature Criticism From 1400-1800 Volume 183 (Gale Cengage, forthcoming in 2010). In January Professor Johns was invited to
give a lecture at the University of Goettingen, Germany, titled:
"Before Germans Took After Indians: Anna Jameson and Native American Spurs to European Reform." She has also received a yearlong fellowship for 2011- 2012 at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, an institute for advanced study at the University of Goettingen, Germany.
In addition to publishing The Ecological Thought, Timothy Morton also published "Queer Ecology" in PMLA, and four other essays including “Hyperobjects and the End of Common Sense.” He gave nine lectures, including one in Switzerland and one at Johns Hopkins. His recent class podcasts have been downloaded a quarter of a million times. He was also a finalist for the Letters and Science ASUCD Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
file:///C|/Users/Ron%20O/Documents/enlnews/newsletter_09-10/02faculty_news.html[3/6/2012 11:31:33 AM] English Department Newsletter 2009-2010 : Faculty News David Simpson won an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for the coming year. Professor Simpson has been serving on the System-Wide Senate Executive Committee as well as the Commission for the Future Workgroup on Education and Curriculum.
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Ann Bliss (Ph.D. 2006) has accepted the offer of Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, San Antonio, starting in the fall.
Michael Borgstrom's (Ph.D. 2002) book Minority Reports: Identity and Social Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century American Literature will be published this summer (by Palgrave) and an essay ("Hating Miles Coverdale") will be published later this year by ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. This essay is part of a longer project on which he's now working (tentatively titled Anxiety Attacks: Queerness and Cultural Tension in American Literary History).
Angie Chau's (M.A. 2005) story collection, Quiet As They Come, will be released this year by IG Publishing. She was also the winner of the 2009 Maurice Prize in Fiction.
Dave Cleary's (M.A. 1997) novella, "The Flowers of Nicosia," was the cover story in a recent issue of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
Lindsey Crittenden's (M.A. 1995) short story “Which Leaves Me” won the Glimmer Train "family matters" contest and was published in Glimmer Train 71 (Summer 2009). She is a contributing writer to "Good Letters," the Image magazine blog and had a cover story published in SF Chronicle Magazine in Feb 2008.
Tiffany Denman (M.A. 2009) was published in the 2010 West Wind Review (along with Brian Ang, Uyen Hua, and Wendy Trevino.) Murray Dunlap (M.A. 2005) has published several short stories in various places, most notably in The Bark and Night Train. He also has an anthology coming out in June called "What Doesn't Kill You..." for which he is co-editor and a contributing writer file:///C|/Users/Ron%20O/Documents/enlnews/newsletter_09-10/alumni.html[3/6/2012 11:31:33 AM] English Department Newsletter 2009-2010 : Alumni Christopher Erickson (M.A. 2009) had excerpts from his novel in progress "Henrytown" published on www.benmarcus.com in May 2010.
Dana Fore (Ph.D. 2005) has an article on Robert Louis Stevenson and disability scheduled for
publication in the Summer 2010 issue of the Journal of Stevenson Studies: "Snatching Identity:
'Passing' and Disabled Monstrosity in Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde and 'The Body Snatcher.'" Christien Gholson (M.A. 2003) had a chapbook of prose poems published by 2River online in 2009.
The entire first section of his second book of poems was published in 2009 by Mudlark.
In July, Jan Goggin's (Ph.D. 2002) book California on the Breadlines: Dorothea Lange, Paul Taylor, and the Making of a New Deal Narrative is forthcoming from University of California Press. Jan has begun work on her next book, which explores fashion and class in literature and film of the 1930s.
Grants from UC Merced's Graduate and Research Council and the Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts will allow her to spend two weeks viewing studio films, shorts, and newsreels at the Library of Congress.
Maura Grady (Ph.D. 2008) received the Excellent English Faculty Mentor Award for the 2009-10 academic year from the English Graduate Student Organization at the University of Nevada Reno.
She also has an essay, "The Fall of the Organization Man: Loyalty and Conflict in the First Season of Mad Men," set to appear in Mad Men: Critical Essays on the Series (forthcoming from McFarland Press).
Jenni Halpin's (Ph.D. 2009) "Gift Unpossessed: Community as 'Gift' in The Calcutta Chromosome," an article closely based on her M.A. thesis, appeared in ARIEL.
Kathy Heininge's (Ph.D. 2002) book, Buffoonery in Irish Drama: Staging 20th Century PostColonial Stereotypes, came out in 2009, published by Peter Lang Publishing of New York. She also had several articles published, including one on Gerard Stembridge in the anthology, Deviant Acts (Carysfort Press). She was promoted to Associate Professor this year at George Fox University.
Eileen Herrmann-Miller (Ph.D. 1998) was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to go to Poland (Krakow) for Fall 2010 semester and is editing a book of essays on Eugene O'Neill.
Jessica Howell (Ph.D. 2008) holds a three-year Wellcome postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Health and the Humanities at King's College, London. She is studying the writing of nurses who travelled in the service of empire from the 1890s through the 1960s.
Ann Hunkins(M.A. 2002) was one of one hundred recipients of the Devkota Century Award in 2010, presented by the Prime Minister of Nepal, for contributions to Nepali literature. In 2008 – 2009, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Grant to translate a Nepali novel called On Flows the Indravati. In 2009 she was published in the Contemporary Anthology of Poems file:///C|/Users/Ron%20O/Documents/enlnews/newsletter_09-10/alumni.html[3/6/2012 11:31:33 AM] English Department Newsletter 2009-2010 : Alumni in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press). In 2010, she was published in a Helen Burns Poetry anthology: New Voices, Academy of American Poets.
Ben Jahn (M.A. 2007) teaches English at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg and at the College of Marin. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His story, "The Caretaker," was published in The Santa Monica Review. His story, "The Long Acre," is forthcoming in PANK, and "Kenny & Son," will appear in Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer from W.W.
Norton & Co.
Jessica Hope Jordan (Ph.D. 2008) published a book in December 2009, The Sex Goddess in American Film, 1930-1965 (Cambria Press).
Megan Kaminski (M.A. 2005) is a Lecturer at the University of Kansas and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She's recently published two chapbooks: Across Soft Ruins (Scantily Clad Press,
2009) and The Prairie Opens Wide (La Ginestra, forthcoming). Her poems have also been published in a number of journals, including: 6x6, Coconut, CutBank, Denver Quarterly, Ditch, Dusie, Eoagh, Foursquare, The Laurel Review, Listenlight, Milk, No Tell Motel, Phoebe, So and So Magazine, With+Stand, Womb Poetry, and Third Coast.
Christian Kiefer (Ph.D. 2006) has been awarded a tenure-track position at American River College.
He published a portion of his dissertation in CLIO this past year, gave a paper at the American Literature Association conference in Boston, and is finishing a new novel.
In 2008, Kristen Sundberg Lunstrum's (M.A. 2003) second collection of short stories, Swimming With Strangers, was published by Chronicle Books. Stories from the collection were published in One Story, The American Scholar, and Willow Springs, as well as the O. Henry Prize Stories Anthology
2009. Her most recent publication is an essay, "This Is How It Happens," published by the Southern Humanities Review in 2009 and was awarded their annual Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for best essay. In 2008 she joined the creative writing faculty at Purchase College, SUNY. The big news around her household, though, is that her daughter Virginia was born in December of 2009; her brother, Finn, will turn four this summer.
Clarke W. Owens' (M.A. 1976) poems have appeared or will appear in Oyez Review, Slant, Karamu and Bryant Literary Review.
Sally Palmer (Ph.D. 1998) was promoted to Full Professor of English at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology where she is just finishing her eleventh year. She is also in her second term as vice president of publications for the 4500-member Jane Austen Society of North America. The organization boasts a journal, a newsletter, and a website.
Elise Winn Pollard's (M.A. 2009) story "Cloud, Egg, Bird, Box" was a finalist in American Short Fiction's short story contest and will be published in the Fall 2010 issue.