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Penn State University Faculty in American Literature

Michael Anesko Professor of English and American Studies
Michael Bérubé Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities and Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English
Hester Blum Associate Professor of English and President of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Robert Burkholder Associate Head and Associate Professor of English
Robert L. Caserio Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Christopher Castiglia Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Tina Chen Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies
Ebony Coletu

Assistant Professor of English

Rich Doyle Liberal Arts Research Professor of English
Jonathan Eburne Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Keith Gilyard Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and African American Studies
Sean X. Goudie Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Associate Professor of English
Debra Hawhee

Director of Graduate Studies; McCourtney Professor of Civic Deliberation; Senior Scholar, McCourtney Institute for Democracy; Professor of English and of Communication Arts and Sciences

Kathryn Hume Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English
Rosemary J. Jolly Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Weiss Chair of the Humanities
Elizabeth Kadetsky Assistant Professor of English
Julia Spicher Kasdorf Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Director of Creative Writing
Brian Lennon

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Director, Digital Culture and Media Initiative

Janet Lyon Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Faculty-in-Charge, Disability Studies Minor
John Marsh

Associate Professor of English; Director of Undergraduate Studies, English

Shirley Moody-Turner Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies
Mark Morrisson Department Head and Professor of English
Carla Mulford Professor of English and Founding President, Society of Early Americanists
Jeffrey Nealon Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Philosophy
Aldon Nielsen George and Barbara Kelly Professor of American Literature
Iyunolu Osagie Associate Professor of English and African Studies
Benjamin Schreier Associate Professor of English; Malvin and Lea Bank Early Career Professor of Jewish StudiesDirector, Jewish Studies Program
Jack Selzer Paterno Family Liberal Arts Professor of Literature
Linda Selzer Associate Professor of English
Sandra Spanier Professor of English and General Editor, Hemingway Letters Project
Susan Squier Brill Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Matt Tierney Assistant Professor of English
James L. W. West III Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English

Penn State faculty in American literature have won grants from every major agency that supports humanistic study, including the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome.

The ranks of the Americanists at Penn State include seven prestigious endowed chairs--the Julia Gregg Brill Professor in English and Women's Studies (Susan Squier), the George and Barbara Kelly Professor in American Literature (Aldon Lynn Nielsen), the Paterno Family Professor of Literature (Jack Selzer), the Weiss Chair in the Humanities (Rosemary J. Jolly), and three Edwin Erle Sparks Professorships in English (Michael Bérubé, Kathryn Hume, and James L. W. West III).

Penn State is the home of two distinguished ongoing editorial projects in American literature. Professor James West, III, is the general editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, a comprehensive multi-volume project that constitutes the first scholarly edition of the whole of Fitzgerald's oeuvre. Professor Sandra Spanier is the general editor of the Hemingway Letters Project, which will result in the publication of a comprehensive scholarly edition of Hemingway's estimated 7,000 letters, most of which have never before been published. Both of these grant-winning projects provide funding and research opportunities for Penn State graduate and undergraduate students.

The members of the Penn State faculty in American literature are also committed mentors and teachers, as their many awards for outstanding work in the classroom attest. Mark Morrisson is a winner of the Milton S. Eisenhower Award, a university-wide prize that acknowledges excellence in teaching and the mentoring of other teachers. Carla Mulford and Linda Selzer are both winners of the Penn State College of Liberal Arts Teaching Awards.

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