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Rob Nguyen

Rob Nguyen

Rob Nguyen has received the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. The Award honors "an outstanding student paper" presented at the Association's annual conference. Rob's paper, "Cybernetics and _Ancillary Justice_: Embodiment, Crisis and Resistance," treats Ann Leckie's space opera _Ancillary Justice_ and was originally written in Tina Chen's 2020 Speculative Fictions seminar. Congratulations, Rob!

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Sandra Spanier and Verna Kale

Sandra Spanier and Verna Kale

Sandra Spanier and Verna Kale were involved in advising award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein for the documentary "Hemingway," which premiered on PBS in April 2021. Congratulations to the Hemingway Letters Project for continuing to garner much media interest!

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Justin Mellette

Justin Mellette

Kudos to PhD alumnus Justin Mellette, Visiting Lecturer of English at Northeastern University and a former recipient of a CALS Travel Grant, on the publication of _Peculiar Whiteness: Racial Anxiety and Poor Whites in Southern Literature, 1900-1965_ (University Press of Mississippi, 2021). _Peculiar Whiteness_ engages key issues in contemporary critical race studies, whiteness studies, and Southern studies through discussions of authors including Charles Chesnutt, Thomas Dixon, Sutton Griggs, Erskine Caldwell, Lillian Smith, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor. Congratulations to Justin!

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Andrew Erlandson

Andrew Erlandson

Andrew Erlandson has earned an honorable mention for the inaugural C19 Rising Scholar Prize. The Rising Scholars Prize is given by C19: the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists to a young scholar who presents the most noteworthy paper at the Society’s biennial conference. Andrew’s paper _Intemperate Reform: Crip Associations in Walt Whitman’s Franklin Evans_ treats the unexpected, queer associations formed through alcoholism in Whitman’s temperance novel and offers, through disability studies, a counter narrative to scholarly perspectives on nineteenth-century reform movements. The paper will serve as part of Andrew's dissertation on the relationships between disability and democracy in nineteenth-century America. Congratulations, Andrew!

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Tina Chen

Tina Chen

Tina Chen has been awarded the 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award for Tenure Line Faculty by the College of the Liberal Arts in recognition of her contributions to the undergraduate teaching program. Professor Chen is a past recipient of the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Vanderbilt University, where she taught prior to coming to Penn State. Congratulations, Tina!

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Derek Lee

Derek Lee

Derek Lee, a former CALS Graduate Research Assistant and recipient of the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has accepted a job as Assistant Professor of English at Wake Forest University, where he will be teaching 20th- and 21st-century literature starting in Fall 2020. His dissertation, _Parascientific Revolutions_, examines the paranormal mind and traces how unorthodox theories of consciousness have evolved from occult modernism into contemporary speculative fiction, Asian American ghost narratives, and other genres by analyzing a variety of traditional and untraditional scientific discourses. Congratulations, Derek!

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