English Professors’ Achievements!

Professor Joel Pfister, Chair of the English Department, who will be the Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies in the Graduate School at the Freie Universitat in Berlin, asked Wesleying to announce Professor Matthew Garrett and Professor Ruth Nisse‘s American Council of Learned Societies fellowships, Professor Ashraf Rushdy and Professor Indira Karamcheti‘s positions as Visiting Research Professors at Universite Paul-Valery Montpellier III. Professor of English and Chair of Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies Natasha Korda will teach an M.A. seminar on “Mastering Research Methods” at the Folger Shakespeare Library and will hold an International Visiting Fellowship at Oxford Brookes University in England.

Several faculty members in English have received significant honors and international recognition. Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies Ruth Nisse and Assistant Professor of English Matthew Garrett have both won the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies fellowship (ACLS) and thus will be on sabbatical/leave all of next year advancing drafts of their respective book projects.

Ashraf Rusdy, Professor of English and African American Studies, and Academic Secretary, will be Visiting Research Professor at Universite Paul-Valery Montpellier III for a month next fall. He is writing a book on political apologies.

And Associate Professor of English and American Studies Indira Karamcheti will also be Visiting Research Professor at Universite Paul-Valery Montpellier III for a month during the summer. She is conducting archival research on South Asian indenture in the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. The project connects her interests in francophone Caribbean literature, especially the work of Aime Cesaire, and the South Asian diaspora. In addition, Professor Karamcheti will serve as the director of the Center for the Americas from July 1 2011-June 30 2013.

Professor of English and Chair of Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies Natasha Korda will teach an M.A. seminar on “Mastering Research Methods” at the Folger Shakespeare Library in spring 2012 and after that she will take up an International Visiting Fellowship at Oxford Brookes University in England. She is doing research on theater, women, commerce, and sexuality in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.

Joel Pfister, Chair of the English department, will be a Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies in the Graduate School at the Freie Universitat in Berlin this summer. His book-in-progress is on American literature as American Studies.

Joel Pfister
Kenan Professor of the Humanities