In Memoriam : Jon Erickson (Ph.D., Modern Studies, 1990)

The English Department is sad to report the passing of a distinguished alumnus of our graduate program: Jon Erickson (Ph.D., Modern Studies, 1990).  Jon was an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Studies at Ohio State University. An accomplished critic… Read More

Heejoung Shin Successfully Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Dr. Heejoung Shin, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Granite and Rainbow: Queer Authority and Authorship in T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and Virginia Woolf.”

Sukanya Banerjee and Tasha Oren Receive Research and Creative Activities Support Award

The English Department extends its congratulations to colleagues receiving support through the Graduate School’s RACAS program (Research and Creative Activities Awards) for 2016-17: Sukanya Banerjee Tasha Oren

Jennifer Dworschack-Kinter and Molly Ubbesen Receive Award for Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to Jennifer Dworschack-Kinter and Molly Ubbesen who were selected as recipients of Awards for Teaching Excellence. Individuals are considered for this honor on the basis of nominations from their peers. From this initial balloting, it was clear how much these instructors are held in esteem for their remarkable accomplishments in the classroom and longstanding contributions to our programs.
Award for Teaching Excellence, Academic Staff:
Jennifer Dworschack-Kinter
Award for Teaching Excellence, Graduate Teaching Assistant:
Molly Ubbesen
These awardees will be recognized at the Department’s Spring Awards Ceremony, Thursday, May 12, beginning at 3:30 in CRT 368.

Ashley Banoub Accepted to Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages PhD Program at UC Riverside

Congratulations to Ashley Banoub, a current English senior, who has been accepted into the Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages PhD Program at UC Riverside!  Ashley will begin her graduate studies this fall, specializing in Francophone literature.

Sukanya Banerjee and Jason Puskar Receive Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowships

Congratulations to Professors Sukanya Banerjee and Jason Puskar! They were awarded UW System Fellowships at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison, in the 2016-17 academic year. To find out more about the Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowships, visit

Siwar Masannat Wins Women’s & Gender Studies Student Research Paper and Project Contest

Congratulations to Creative Writing doctoral student Siwar Masannat! Siwar has won a graduate award in the Women’s & Gender Studies Student Research Paper and Project Contest for her term paper: The New Woman in the Egyptian Press: 1900-1930. 


Congratulations to Professor Kumkum Sangari, who edited and contributed to the recently published collection of essays ARC SILT DIVE: THE WORKS OF SHEBA CHHACHHI. 

UWM Alum Rene Steinke Receives 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction

Congratulations to Rene Steinke, who received a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction! Steinke is the author of three novels: The Fires, Holy Skirts, and Friendswood. Holy Skirts was a finalist in 2005 for the National Book Award. Rene received her PhD in… Read More

Louise Zamparutti Receives Fellowship from Mary Baker Eddy Library

Congrats to Louise Zamparutti! She received a research fellowship from the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, MA, to do research in the Library’s archives this summer.