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post-docs

Patricia Burns:

Professor Burns is a recent PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, Testing the Seams of the American Dream: Minority Literature and Film in the Early Cold War, focuses on race and the American Dream in the early post-WWII period.

Lauren Cardon:

Professor Cardon's article, "From Black Nationalism to the Ethnic Revival: Meridian's Lynne Rabinowitz," was published in the Fall 2011 issue of MELUS. She will be presenting a paper, "American 'Democratic Fashion' and the Early Makeover Stories," at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture conference in February 2011. She recently received a Newcomb Research Grant for the Spring 2012 semester for her second book project, tentatively titled Exotically Mainstream: Fashion, Class, and Race in 20th Century American Literature.

Her book, The "White Other" in American Intermarriage Stories, 1945-2008, is under contract with Palgrave MacMillan, in their Race Studies series.

Sean Connolly

Professor Connolly has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Humanities at Bluefield State College in West Virginia.

Alison Graham-Bertolini:

Professor Graham-Bertolini received her doctorate in English Literature from Louisiana State University in 2009 and taught English at LSU as a postdoctoral fellow until 2011. Her current research focuses on American literature and its comparative ethnic perspectives. Her first book, Vigilante Women in Contemporary American Fiction, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September, 2011.

Her article, "Based on Actual Events: The Lynching of Italian American Immigrants in Tallulah, LA, as depicted by Donna Jo Napoli in Alligator Bayou" will be published this month in Southern Exposures: Locations and Relocations of Italian Culture. Eds. Alan J. Gravano and Ilaria Serra. Bordighera Press.

Cat Gubernatis:

Professor Gubernatis conducted research in the Guinness Company Archives over fall break this October. She was also one of the keynote speakers at the Jane Austen Literary Festival in Mandeville, LA on March 19, 2011, where she was was an articulate advocate of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Jennifer Lightweis-Goff:

Professor Lightweis-Goff joined Tulane University in August 2011. Her book, Blood at the Root: Lynching as American Cultural Nucleus, was published in the same month by the SUNY Press, where it won the First Book / Dissertation Prize in African-American Studies. This semester, she has presented at the conferences of the National Women's Studies Association, the Popular Culture Association in the American South, the Louisiana Folklife Center, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and a special conference at Loyola on the fiftieth anniversary of Walker Percy's The Moviegoer. She has also been named as a Newcomb Fellow and lectured at Fridays at Newcomb.

Ryan McBride:

WWNO, New Orleans' local NPR affiliate radio station, featured an interview in March with Ryan McBride on the public school debate league that he has pioneered as part of his service learning expository writing course <http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wwno/local-wwno-889133.mp3>. The debate project also appeared in a Times-Picayune feature later in the month <http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2010/03/debate_program_proves_valuable.html>. Dr. McBride was also presented with an award by New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.

Srdjan Smajić:

Professor Smajić earned his B.A. from the American University in Bulgaria and his PhD from Tulane University in 2003. He has published articles in ELH, Textual Practice, and NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, and his book, Ghost-Seers, Detectives, and Spiritualists: Theories of Vision in Victorian Literature and Science, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.

Ashlie Sponenberg:


Ashlie Sponenberg's chapter entitled "This Tyranny of Sex: Holtby's Spinsters, Psychology, and Fascism" appeared in March 2010 in the Lisa Regan, ed., collection 'A Woman in Her Time': Critical Essays on Winifred Holtby, 1918-1939 published by Cambridge Scholars Press. She has articles under review the journals Modernism/modernity and Pedagogy and is preparing a further article for submission to Journal of College Writing: JCW during the summer. A proposal for her new monograph project, " There Is Always More Mystery: Knowing Anaïs Nin" is under consideration with a scholarly press.

Professor Sponenberg has been asked to serve as an external examiner for an undergraduate Honors Thesis defense for Bates College in Maine. She will also be interviewed by students from Northwestern University on the current popularity of dystopian fiction and film. She has also been invited to speak on a panel about the ethics of atemporal cinema at next year's MLA conference.

Emily Wicktor:

A native Minnesotan, Emily D. Wicktor earned her PhD in English from the University of Kansas in December 2010. Her academic interests include Victorian sexuality, Rhetoric/Composition/Pedagogy, Modern American and British drama, and literary theory. She is currently working on her manuscript, "Imbued with the Science of Venus": Female Fallenness, Sexual Pedagogy, and Victorian Pornography.

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