PhD Alumnae/i News

Lamya Almas (PhD 2009) is Assistant Professor of English in the English/Humanities Department at Alabama State University in Montgomery.

Adam Barrows (PhD 2006) published The Cosmic Time of Empire: Modern Britain and World Literature (University of California Press). His essay, "The Shortcomings of Timetables: Greenwich, Modernism, and the Limits of Modernity," published in the journal Modern Fiction Studies (56: 2) has been awarded the Margaret Church Memorial Award for best essay of 2010.

Terry Castle (PhD 1980) is Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English at Stanford, not Professor Emerita, as described in the Winter 2010 english@minnesota.She was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle for Criticism for her book The Professor.

Michael Dickel (PhD 1999) is the editor of Voices Israel, the annual anthology of English-language poetry from around the world, which publishes Volume 37 in fall 2011.

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt (PhD 2002) published The Postcolonial Citizen: Intellectual Migrant (Peter Lang Publishing) in 2010. She is associate professor at Linfield College, Portland, Oregon.

Nicholas Hengen (PhD 2011) accepted a tenure-track instructor position at Portland Community College in Oregon. He published "Silver Linings?" in Inside Higher Ed in November.

Elizabeth Bourque Johnson (PhD 1998) is the co-editor of the anthology, The Wind Blows, The Ice Breaks: Poems of Loss and Renewal by Minnesota Poets (Nodin Press, 2010).

Mary Johnston (PhD 1984) continues to teach at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is in her 23rd year as a professor in the English Department. She was awarded a Teaching Scholar Fellowship this summer, for the project "Contemporary Indian Women Writers." She still keeps in touch with her "wonderful mentor," Professor Emeritus Norman Fruman.

Chang-Hee Kim (PhD 2009) accepted a tenure-track position at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Engineering in South Korea.

Mary E. Knatterud (PhD 1997, MA 1979) received this year's Golden Apple award from the national American Medical Writers Association. The award, given for "consistently outstanding workshop leadership" over the past 20 years, was formally presented at the national conference on November 12, 2010, in Milwaukee, WI. Knatterud is a research associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona in Tucson (telecommuting from her home in St. Paul). She did similar manuscript editing work for 21 years for the University of Minnesota's Department of Surgery in Minneapolis.

Marcela Kostihova (PhD 2004) published Shakespeare in Transition: Political Appropriations in the Postcommunist Czech Republic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Anca Parvulescu (PhD 2006) published Laughter: Notes on a Passion (Short Circuit/MIT Press, 2010). She is Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

William Reichard (PhD 1997) was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award for his poetry collection Sin Eater. He edited the anthology American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice (New Village Press).

Kevin Riordan (PhD 2011) presented "Performing Ghost Translations" at the MLA convention in Los Angeles, January 2011.

Nick Robinette (PhD 2010) accepted a tenure-track position at James Madison University in Virginia. He previously was Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin College.

Sharin Schroeder (PhD 2011) accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan. She published "'It's Alive!': Tolkien's Monster on the Screen" in Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy, edited by Janice Bogstad (McFarland). She presented "'[T]here needs no ghost come from the grave to tell us this': The Search for Spiritual Authority in Margaret Oliphant's Life of Edward Irving" at the British Women Writers Conference in Columbus, Ohio, March-April, 2011.

Karen Steigman (PhD 2007) received the 2010 New Teacher of the Year award at Otterbein University. Steigman is assistant professor of English and faculty advisor of the student humanities journal, Aegis.

In Memoriam:

Reuben Chirambo (PhD 2005) died of cancer October 6, 2011. He was 48. He served as a senior lecturer in the Department of English Language & Literature in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town. "He is remembered not only for his academic zeal," wrote University of Cape Town Vice Chancellor Max Price, "but also for his enormous integrity, his keen sense of humour and his unfailing kindness and respect in his dealings with colleagues and students." Chirambo's manuscript on Malawian literature had just been accepted for publication. "His dissertation was a wonderful analysis of how Malawian dictator Hastings Banda used music and other forms of popular culture to sustain his political control over the country," noted Professor Charles Sugnet, who advised Chirambo along with Professor Timothy Brennan. "When I visited him and sat in on his class at the University of Cape Town in 2009, it was clear that he had found an ideal job and was enjoying both his teaching and his research."

Frederick C. Mish (PhD 1973) died September 27, 2010. He was the former editor-in-chief of Merriam-Webster, and edited three successive editions of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: the 9th (1983), the 10th (1993) and the 11th (2003). As the New York Times Magazine noted, "Mish is fondly remembered in M-W's Springfield, Mass., offices for both his erudition and humility." His wife, Judith Solberg Mish, received her BA and MA in English at the University of Minnesota.

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