Faculty and Staff Directory

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Faculty and staff information is listed below, including: position, office location, email, phone, and office hours.

*Please note: All office hours for Spring 2021 will be virtual; they will not be held in offices on campus. Email the individual for details on how to connect.

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Adisasmito-Smith, Steve

adisasmito-smith

Associate Professor

Assistant Chair, English Department

Office: PB 402
Email: sadisasmito@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2714
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 2-3 (Zoom)

Education: 

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

Bio:

Dr. Steve Adisasmito-Smith teaches World Literature, Myth and Folktales, and seminars like "Mimesis, Violence and Ethics," "Epics and Empires," and one devoted to premodern female poets, "Women Weaving Wor(l)ds." His doctorate focused on Sanskrit and Latin literature, as well as English literature from Britain, the U.S., and India. His work, drawing on hermeneutics and postcolonial studies, was awarded the 1998 Horst Frenz Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association. In 1999, Steve studied The Mahabharata and Sanskrit poetics in Pune, India. He has published on the translation and interpretation of Sanskrit texts by British Orientalists, American Transcendentalists, and Indian Nationalists in journals such as Yearbook of Comparative and General LiteratureNineteenth-Century Prose, and South Asian Review. His more recent research focuses on cross-cultural comparisons of epics and lyric poetry. Steve is currently exploring biocultural approaches to literature, which combine eco-criticism, evo-criticism, cognitive science, gender studies and performance studies. He is translating women poets who wrote in Classical Sanskrit, like Vijjaka and Shilabhattarika, to make their work better known. On the side, Steve also passionately enjoys fantastic literature (science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, the weird). When not teaching, Steve travels with wife, Niken, and two sons, Ryan and Kris, to visit family in Indonesia and friends in other parts. When possible, he heads to the wild to hike and explore nature. He has rappelled into a cave, swum in an underground lake, scrambled up a mountain overlooking Paradise, ridden a horse up to a volcano, and returned alive from the Irish underworld.

Arcé, William

arce

Assistant Professor

Office: PB 441
Email: warce@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.8809
Spring 2021 Office Hours: W 2-4 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California

Bio:

Dr. William Arcé researches, writes, and teaches on topics in Chicano/a literature, U.S. pan-ethnic Latino literature, and U.S. war literature. His research focuses on sites where theoretical problems intersect with political and ethical matters, places where scholarly investigation encounters the reality of everyday life. Dr. Arcé has published various articles on 20th Century Chicano and Latino authors, and he is currently finishing his book manuscript, Soldado Razo: War and the Changing Structure of Nation in U.S. Latino War Literature of the Vietnam War. He currently serves as secretary for the Latino Staff and Faculty Association at Fresno State.

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Beavers, Jefferson (Staff)

Staff

Communication Specialist

Office: PB 391
Email: jbeavers@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.1569
Spring 2021 Work Hours: M-F 8-12 and 1-5 (Remote)

Beynon, John

beynonProfessor

Coordinator, M.A. English program

Office: PB 458
Email: jbeynon@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2240
Spring 2021 Office Hours: M 9-11 and W 1-3 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside

M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of Utah

Bio:

Dr. John C. Beynon teaches courses in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature and culture, queer theory, and in lesbian and gay literature. He co-edited Lesbian Dames: Sapphism in the Long Eighteenth Century (Ashgate 2010) and has published essays on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, William Beckford, Daniel Defoe, and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. Currently, he is working on a project that explores tea-drinking culture in eighteenth-century Britain. Dr. Beynon became the English M.A. coordinator in spring 2015.

Bird, Timothy

Teaching Associate

Office: LSA 6
Email: timothy_bird@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.3477
Spring 2021 Office Hours: M 11-12 and F 10-11 (Zoom)

Blackburn, Venita

blackburnAssistant Professor

Office: PB 439
Email: blackburn@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2701
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Tu 11-2 (Zoom)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Arizona State University

B.A. in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Southern California

Bio:

Prof. Venita Blackburn, MFA, joined the English faculty at Fresno State in August 2018 as an assistant professor. Works by Prof. Blackburn have appeared or are forthcoming in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Print Quarterly Journal, American Short Fiction, the Georgia Review, Pleiades, Madison Review, Bat City Review, Nashville Review, Smoke Long Quarterly, Café Irreal, Santa Monica Review, Faultline, Devil’s Lake Review, Nat.Brut., Bellevue Literary Review, audio download through Bound Off, and others. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2014 and several Pushcart Prize nominations. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction, which resulted in the publication of her debut collection of stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, in 2017. In 2018 she earned a place as a finalist for the PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction and finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award. Current projects include finishing a new novel, a collection of flash fiction and creative nonfiction. Her hometown is Compton, California.

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Bosch, Mariah

Teaching Associate

Office: IT 115
Email: mariahbosch@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.4767
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 12-1:50 (Zoom)

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Castro, Aidan

Teaching Associate

Office: LSA 6
Email: aidanc0510@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.3477
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 9-9:45 (Zoom)

Chavez, Erin

Teaching Associate

Office: IT 115
Email: erinchavez@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.4767
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 10-11 (Zoom)

Church, Steven

churchProfessor

Coordinator, MFA Creative Writing program

Office: PB 449
Email: stchurch@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.3919
Spring 2021 Office Hours: M 1-3, W 10-12 and Th 10-1 (Zoom, chat)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Colorado State University

Bio:

Prof. Steven Church came to teach at Fresno State in the fall of 2006. He is the author of the nonfiction books The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir; Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents; The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst; Ultrasonic: Soundings; One with the Tiger; and I'm Just Getting To The Disturbing Part: On Work, Fear and Fatherhood, which was published in 2019 by Outpost19. His work has been published in Terrain.org, River Teeth, Passages North, DIAGRAM, The Rumpus, Creative Nonfiction, Salon.com, Fourth Genre, and many others. His essay, "Auscultation," was chosen by Edwidge Danticat for inclusion in the 2011 Best American Essays. Prof. Church is a Founding Editor and Nonfiction Editor for the MFA Program's flagship literary magazine, The Normal School, and he serves as the coordinator of the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

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Cody, Anthony

codyLecturer

Office: PB 407
Email: dacody@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.2248
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 2:45-3:45 and 6-6:30 (Zoom)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from California State University, Fresno

B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno

Bio:

Anthony Cody is the author of Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn, April 2020), winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Contest selected by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, and currently a finalist for the PEN America / Jean Stein Book Award and longlisted for The Believer Magazine 2020 Editor's Award in Poetry. He is a 2020 Poets & Writers debut poet and a 2020 Southwest Book Award winner from the Border Regional Library Association. A CantoMundo fellow from Fresno, California, Anthony has lineage in both the Bracero Program and the Dust Bowl. His poetry has appeared in The Academy of American Poets: Poem-A-Day, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, The Boiler, ctrl+v journal, among others. Anthony is a member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle where he co-edited How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. He collaborates with Juan Felipe Herrera and Fresno State's Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio. Anthony has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, and Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference. Anthony won the inaugural 2020 CantoMundo Guzmán Mendoza / Paredez Fellowship for his work-in-progress poetry manuscript, "The Rendering," selected by Aracelis Girmay. He serves as an associate poetry editor for Noemi Press and a poetry editor for Omnidawn.

Crewdson, Prudence

Lecturer

Office: PB 454
Email: pcrewdson@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.4914
Spring 2021 Office Hours: By appointment

Crisco, Virginia

criscoProfessor

Co-Coordinator, First-Year Writing program

Office: PB 457
Email: vcrisco@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4918
Spring 2021 Office Hours: W 12-3 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bio:

Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Crisco has been with the Department of English at Fresno State since 2005. She specializes in Rhetoric, Literacy Studies, Teacher Development, and Composition Pedagogy. Dr. Crisco co-coordinates the first-year writing program, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, literacy studies, and composition theory and pedagogy, and conducts workshops with Central Valley High School teachers on teaching expository writing. Dr. Crisco is also the Chair of the University Writing Subcommittee where she is working to implement an upper-division writing program in the disciplines. Dr. Crisco’s scholarship bridges areas of literacy and rhetoric, explores the connections between language, diversity, and activism, and extends conversations about the effects of critical pedagogy on literacy and learning. Her current work builds on these links to implement Universal Design for Learning, a pedagogical approach that promotes flexibility, accessibility, and high expectations for a broad range of learners in secondary and college writing classrooms.

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Daher, Brandon

daherLecturer

Office: PB 406
Email: bdaher@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4141
Spring 2021 Office Hours: F 2-3 (Zoom)

Education:

M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago

B.A. in General Studies (Humanities) from the University of Chicago

Bio:

Born and raised in Fresno and a graduate of Bullard High School, Brandon Daher started teaching at Fresno State in 2001. He has also taught for State Center Community College District since the mid 1990s, including time at the Madera Center, the Clovis Center, and the Willow International Center, which is now Clovis Community College, where he also currently works. Daher has previously taught at Columbia College Chicago in Illinois, West Hills Community College, and Fresno Pacific University. He lives in Fresno and has a son.

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Ellison, Karissa

Teaching Associate

Office: IT 115
Email: kellison559@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.4765
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 9-9:30 (Zoom)

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Firstman, Carole

Lecturer

Office: PB 406
Email: daisy1027@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4141
Spring 2021 Office Hours: W 10-2 (Zoom)

Flores, Alexander

Teaching Associate

Office: IT 115
Email: alexflores37@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.4765
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 10-11 (Zoom)

Foster, J. Ashley

fosterAssistant Professor

Office: PB 443
Email: foster@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.5833
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 6-7 and W 3-5 (Appointlet)

Education:

Ph.D. from City University of New York

Bio:

Dr. J. Ashley Foster is an Assistant Professor of 20th & 21st-Century British Literature with Emphasis in Digital Humanities. Working at the intersection of literary studies, digital humanities, peace studies, and women’s studies, Ashley’s scholarship and teaching employs digital tools to trace the relationships between artistic and activist networks of the long 20th Century and to facilitate intertextual readings between literature and archives. Ashley’s book project, Modernism’s Impossible Witness: Peace Testimonies from the Spanish Civil War, illuminates a concern for peace and social justice in the study of modernism. From 2014-17, Ashley served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Fellow in the Writing Program at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Ashley and the students from her “Peace Testimonies in Literature & Art” Writing Seminar curated the interactive digital humanities and special collections exhibition Testimonies in Art & Action: Igniting Pacifism in the Face of Total War, which ran from October 6 to December 11, 2015 in Magill Library at Haverford College. Recent peer-reviewed articles include the co-authored “Changing the Subject: Archives, Technology, and Radical Counter-Narratives of Peace” in Radical Teacher (2016) and “Writing in the ‘White Light of Truth’: History, Ethics, and Community in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts” in the Woolf Studies Annual (2016). In her spare time, Ashley enjoys a dedicated yoga practice, dancing, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

Fujinami, Erin

Lecturer

Office: PB 404
Email: efujinami@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4890
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 8-10 (Zoom)

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Galvez, Lisa (Staff)

Staff

Admin Support Coordinator

Office: PB 382
Email: lgalvez@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2553
Spring 2021 Work Hours: M-F 8-12 and 1-4:30 (Remote)

Gilewicz, Magdalena

gilewiczProfessor

Coordinator, Writing Center

Office: PB 450
Email: magdag@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4926
Spring 2021 Office Hours: W 10-11 and Th 1-3 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. from State University of New York, Stony Brook

M.A. from the University of Wroclaw, Poland

Bio:

Dr. Magdalena (Magda) Gilewicz has been with the Department of English at Fresno State since 1990. Dr. Gilewicz directs the university's Writing Center, which is supported by the College of Arts and Humanities. She also assists with Writing Across the Curriculum efforts on campus. Her main teaching interest lies in teaching writing and teaching tutors how to teach writing in small groups or individually, i.e. not guided and restricted by syllabi, schedules and content to cover, and aiming for some collective learning outcomes. This offers the freedom to find out where writers are as writers, and to guide them through their learning. She also teaches courses in literature and intro to literary analysis. Dr. Gilewicz enjoys working on texts in translation. She compiled an anthology of medieval Polish drama in English translation. She also explores the idea of using writing as a form of meditation and mindfulness.

Godfrey, Kathleen

godfreyProfessor

Interim Associate Dean, Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Office: ED 210
Email: kgodfrey@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4919
Spring 2021 Office Hours: By appointment

Education:

Ph.D. in American Literature from Arizona State University

Bio:

Dr. Kathleen Godfrey has been a professor at Fresno State since 1999. Her teaching interests include secondary English teaching methods, American Indian literature, and literacy studies. She was awarded the Classroom Excellence Award from the California Association for Teachers of English in 2008. From 2006-2018, she served as director and principal investigator of the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project (SJVWP), a professional development organization for teachers. She is currently serving as the interim associate dean in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Godfrey has published on women's writing, American Indian literature, and various aspects of teaching. In addition to making numerous presentations at local schools and national/international conferences, she was awarded a Fulbright, working as a Roving Scholar in Norway during the 2008-2009 academic year. She also was an NEH scholar in 2018 studying The Native American West: A Case Study of the Columbian PlateauHer most recent work has focused on recovering the story of Julia Pastrana, an indigenous Mexican woman who performed throughout the eastern U.S. and Europe during the 1850s. Find her work in her digital humanities project: Julia Pastrana Online.

Gonzales, Angel

Teaching Associate

Office: IT 115
Email: michaelangel94@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.4765
Spring 2021 Office Hours: M 4-5 and W 11-1 (Canvas)

Greenmyer, Rachel

Teaching Associate

Office: LSA 6
Email: rmgreenmyer@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.3477
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Th 9:30-10:30 (Zoom)

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Hales, John

hales-JProfessor

Office: PB 432
Email: johnhal@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.3006
Spring 2021 Office Hours: FERP

Education:

Ph.D. in American Literature and Culture from State University of New York, Binghamton

M.A. and B.A. from the University of Utah

Bio:

Dr. John Hales began teaching at Fresno State in 1985. Hohn is the author of Shooting Polaris: A Personal Survey in the American West (University of Missouri Press). His nonfiction has appeared in magazines and journals including The Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Southern Review, Hudson Review, Ascent, and in anthologies including On Nature: Great Writers on the Great Outdoors. His work has been cited numerous times in Best American Essays and in Best American Science and Nature Writing. Recognition for his writing includes the Missouri Review Editors Prize in Nonfiction and the Pushcart Prize.

Harding, Cecile

Lecturer

Office: PB 403
Email: charding@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2467
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 11:15-12:15 (email)

Hendrix, Laurel

Professor

Office: PB 446
Email: laurelh@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2898
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Th 10-1 (Zoom)

Bio:

Dr. Laurel Hendrix joined the English Department faculty in 1990. Her teaching interests include late medieval and early modern literature, and she has taught courses in Renaissance and Restoration, eighteenth century British literature, Spenser, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Arthurian literature, medieval and Renaissance world literature, and early modern women writers. Dr. Hendrix has presented numerous conference papers at regional, national, and international conferences, and has published articles on Spenser, Chaucer, and Marguerite de Navarre in journals including English Literary Renaissance, Spenser Studies, Exeinpiaria, and Thalia. Her current research focuses on chaos complexity theory and its applications to early modern romance-epic narratives. From 1999-2002, Dr. Hendrix served as the president of the Renaissance Conference of Southern California, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America. Dr. Hendrix has also been active in the department’s composition program, having coordinated the Writing Center (1991-92) and English A (1993-96). Dr. Hendrix is a member of the Highway 168 Fire Safe Council and is a volunteer firefighter for the Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.

Henry, Jeremiah

henryLecturer

Office: PB 403
Email: jhenry0302@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2467
Spring 2021 Office Hours: W 12-1 (Zoom)

Education:

M.A. and B.A. in English Literature from California State University, Fresno

Bio:

Jeremiah Henry joined the English Department as a lecturer in 2015 where he has taught regularly in the first-year writing program. He also teaches courses in academic literacy, composition, logic, and critical thinking at community colleges throughout the valley. As a DISCOVERe faculty fellow and generally an early adopter of educational technology, Jeremiah often innovates with students, using technologies ranging from mindful breathing practices (a distinct absence of high tech) to cutting-edge learning objects driven by tablets and cloud-based media. He often presents at local and national conferences on integrating mindfulness and technology in the writing classroom. In the community, Jeremiah volunteers as a musician, sound engineer, and video producer and editor for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno.

Hernandez, Melanie

hernandezAssociate Professor

Chair, English Department

Office: PB 444
Email: melanieh@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4921
Spring 2021 Office Hours: M 12-2 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. in English and a certificate in public scholarship from the University of Washington

M.A. in English from California State University, Dominguez Hills

B.A. in Psychology from New York University

Bio:

Dr. Melanie Hernandez came to Fresno State in 2015 from Seattle, where she taught courses in American literature and composition at the University of Washington. She specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, with an emphasis on comparative African American and Chicano Studies. Her ongoing research focuses on strategic racial performance, authenticity politics and social policing, and violent racial satire. She held the Jay T. Last Fellowship in visual culture at the American Antiquarian Society and was a volunteer instructor for University Beyond Bars in collaboration with the Washington State Reformatory. Prior to teaching, Dr. Hernandez led another life in television and radio production. She accepts full responsibility for her role in launching the Oxygen network and ABC’s The View, and for subjecting LA’s morning commuters to her so-called “humor” on K-EARTH 101. By far, however, she is most haunted by the indignities of low-level production work for Saturday Night Live!E! News DailyThe Howard Stern Show, and Eyewitness News. Nevermore ...

Hooper, Stefani

Lecturer

Office: PB 405
Email: stefanihooper@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.5588
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 1-4 (Zoom)

Hrusovsky, William

Lecturer

Office: PB 407
Email: whrusovsky@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2248
Spring 2021 Office Hours: F 11-1:30 (Zoom)

Hughes, Courtney

hughesLecturer

Office: PB 406
Email: hughesc@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4141
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 12-2 (Zoom)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from California State University, Fresno

B.A. in English Literature from California State University, Fresno

Bio:

Courtney Hughes has taught writing and literature courses for Fresno State's English Department since 2012. She has developed curriculum for Upward Bound high school students and has run multiple writing centers for area community colleges. As a founding member of Fresno State's Creative Writing Alumni Chapter, she plans and supports literary events for multiple generations of Fresno writers, with themes such as performing poetry while swimming in the hot Fresno sun (LitSplash) and performing poetry while parading pooches onstage (LitPup). While teaching is her passion, she has enjoyed stepping into the role of “mom! Momma! Mommmmyyyy!” to her lovely young daughter.

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Ibarra, Gabriel

ibarraLecturer

Office: PB 404
Email: gpoet@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4890
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 9-11:30 (Google Meet)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from California State University, Fresno

B.A. in Literature (Creative Writing) from the University of California, Santa Cruz

Bio:

Gabriel Ibarra was born and raised in Fresno, CA. He earned an Honorable Mention for the 2011 Ernesto Trejo Poetry Prize, awarded by the Academy of American Poets, judged by the late Philip Levine. His poetry has been published in The Packinghouse Review. Wanting to honor his roots as Puentista, Gabriel served from 2014 to 2016 as a Puente Program mentor at Fresno City College. Currently, he teaches as a full time English lecturer at Fresno State. In the community, he volunteers as a board member for the Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter, whose goal is to connect multiple generations of Fresno writers.

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Jarrar, Randa

jarrarAssociate Professor

Office: M 186
Email: cahoffice@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.3056
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 12-1:55 and W 2-5:50 (Skype)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan

M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas at Austin

B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College

Bio:

Prof. Randa Jarrar is the author of the memoir Love Is An Ex-Country, the novel A Map of Home, and the collection of stories Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. She is also a performer who has recently starred on Hulu’s RAMY. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, Bitch, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a Creative Capital Award and an American Book Award, as well as awards and fellowships from Civitella Ranieri, the Lannan Foundation, Hedgebrook, PEN, and others. She has been participating in writing workshops for 27 years.

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Jenkins, Ruth

jenkinsProfessor

Office: PB 448
Email: ruthj@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4922
Spring 2021 Office Hours: On sabbatical

Bio:

Dr. Ruth Y. Jenkins joined the English Department in 1988. With teaching interests in nineteenth-century British literature, as well as feminist and cultural theory, Dr. Jenkins has taught courses on Victorian literature, including major authors and genres; the spiritual crisis; empire; and children’s literature. She has also taught writing theory, intro to literary analysis, adaptation, and critical and literacy theory. Dr. Jenkins is the author of Victorian Children's Literature: Experiencing Abjection, Empathy, and the Power of Love, published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. She is also the author of Reclaiming Myths of Power: The Victorian Spiritual Crisis and Women Writers, published in 1985 by Bucknell University Press. She has published articles on British literature and culture, children’s literature, and feminist, cultural, and writing theory in journals such as MELUS, Lion and the Unicorn, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Writing on the Edge, Weber Studies, English Language Notes, and the Minnesota Review.

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Kachadoorian, Melanie

Lecturer

Office: PB 407
Email: mweger@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2248
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 11-12:30 (Zoom)

Kolofer, Megan

Lecturer

Office: PB 410
Email: mkolofer@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2338
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MWF 8-9 and TuTh 5-6 (Zoom)

Krichevsky, Jenny

krichevskyAssistant Professor

Office: PB 434
Email: ekrichevsky@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2140
Spring 2021 Office Hours: M 11-2 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Bio: 

Dr. Jenny Krichevsky joined the Department of English at Fresno State in 2020. Her research looks at the ways in which immigrant families transmit literacy and language values across space and time, through generations and geopolitical boundaries. Dr. Krichevsky's current project looks at how this transmission of literacy and language happens from the particular literacy narrative perspectives of Jewish immigrant elders who have come from the former Soviet Union. As an Assistant Professor in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program, she specializes in literacy studies, multilingual writing, language diversity, cultural rhetorics, Writing Across the Curriculum, and STEM Writing in the Disciplines. Her pedagogy is rooted in centering the questions and experiences students bring into the classroom, and supporting students in wherever and however they choose their writing trajectories to go. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Krichevsky coordinates Fresno State's Writing Across the Curriculum program, which supports faculty campuswide in the teaching of writing across all disciplines.

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Lee, Yia

Teaching Associate

Office: LSA 6
Email: lis1218@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.3477
Spring 2021 Office Hours: F 10-2 (Zoom)

Lewis, Jennifer

Lecturer

Office: PB 403
Email: jjlewis@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2467
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MTuW 1-2 (Zoom)

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Mandaville, Alison

mandavilleAssociate Professor

Coordinator, B.A. English Education program and the Single-Subject English Teaching Credential program

Office: PB 454
Email: amandaville@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4914
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Tu 9-12, W 2-4 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. from the University of Washington

MFA from the University of Washington

Certificate in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley

Bio:

Dr. Alison Mandaville joined the English faculty at Fresno State in 2013. She specializes in Writing Studies, Comics and Graphic Literature, Translation, and American literature in a global context. She received the Provost's Award for Promising New Faculty (2017). In 2007-2008, Dr. Mandaville served as a Fulbright Scholar in Azerbaijan and in 2010 received a follow-up Fulbright award to offer creative writing workshops to women in Baku and conduct research on the literary environment in the Caucasus. In 2011, she received a writing residency at Hypatia-in-the Woods to work on a poetry manuscript. She was a writer in residence at Hedgebrook in 2016 for her work on translation and has received two UNESCO grants to translate and edit collections of Azerbaijani women’s poetry. Before returning to graduate school, Dr. Mandaville taught in the Oakland, California public school system for seven years. She is excited to be back in California working with pre-service English Teachers in the Central Valley.

Maniquiz, Michael

maniquizLecturer:

Office: PB 404
Email: mmaniquiz@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4890
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 9:30-10:30 (Zoom)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from California State University, Fresno

Bio:

Michael Maniquiz earned his MFA at California State University, Fresno where he received the university's Outstanding Thesis Award in 2006. His poems have been published in Mid-American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Rattle, among others. He was awarded the AWP Intro Award in 2004 and was a finalist in the WAGS-UMI Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. His literary works have been published in national and international anthologies, such as Pinoy Poetics (Meritage Press, 2004), One Hundred Love Poems (U of the Philippines Press, 2005), and Love Gathers All (Ethos Books, Singapore, 2002). Mike serves as a faculty member in the First-Year Experience (FYE) program, and he is a fellow in the first DiscoverE tablet initiative.

Mayer, Jennifer

Lecturer

Office: PB 405
Email: jennmayer06@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.5588
Spring 2021 Office Hours: W 11-2 (Zoom)

McWalters, Katie

Lecturer

Office: PB 454
Email: kathleenmr@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4914
Spring 2021 Office Hours: By appointment

Medeiros, Melinda

Teaching Associate

Office: IT 115
Email: mgmrose@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.4765
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Th 10:50-11:30, F 10:45-11:30 (Zoom)

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Najmi, Samina

najmiProfessor

Coordinator, B.A. English program

Office: PB 436
Email: snajmi@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2660
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MTu 3-4 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. in English from Tufts University

B.A. in English from the University of Karachi (Pakistan)

Bio:

Dr. Samina Najmi came to Fresno State in 2006 from Boston, where she taught courses in Asian American literature and Gender Studies at Babson College. At Fresno State she teaches courses in contemporary multiethnic U.S. literature, core courses in the major, GE courses, and graduate seminars. Topics courses include “Multiethnic Literature of the San Joaquin Valley,” “Multiethnic Memoir,” and a course focused on nationally acclaimed, prizewinning author Sherley Anne Williams, who grew up in southwest Fresno. In addition to critical essays on Naomi Shihab Nye, Brian Turner, Nora Okja Keller, Carlos Bulosan, Onoto Watanna/Winnifred Eaton, Sui Sin Far, and Charles Chesnutt, Dr. Najmi’s scholarly publications include Form and Transformation in Asian American Literature (U of Washington P, 2005), coedited with Zhou Xiaojing; White Women in Racialized Spaces (SUNY, 2002), coedited with Rajini Srikanth; and the reissue of The Heart of Hyacinth (U of Washington P, 2000), by Onoto Watanna, Asian America's first-known novelist. In recent years Dr. Najmi's research has focused on war narratives and post-9/11 literature. Her essay, "Narrating War: Arab and Muslim American Aesthetics" -- on the writings of Suheir Hammad, Naomi Shihab Nye, Wafaa Bilal, Mohsin Hamid, and H.M. Naqvi -- appears in The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature (2015), edited by Rajini Srikanth and Min Song. Dr. Najmi was among twenty-one writers nationwide to contribute an address on the state and future of Asian American literature for the twentieth anniversary of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in 2017. In 2011, Dr. Najmi enrolled in a CSU Summer Arts creative writing course that inspired her to write creative nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including World Literature Today (2017). Penguin Random House's online magazine Signature refers to her "Triptych" as an example of the possibilities of the form. Her memoir "Abdul" won the Map Literary 2012 nonfiction prize. She has essays and prose poems forthcoming in The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human (Penguin Southeast Asia), edited by Marguerite Richardson, and New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims (Red Hen), edited by Kazim Ali. Dr. Najmi is proud to have co-founded the English Department’s annual Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas (UCMLA) in 2009, the Williams-Inada Contest for Edison High School in 2019, and the Cheng Lok Chua scholarship in 2020. Samina believes in everyone’s three feet of influence, and in the power of language to extend our reach beyond it.

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Nichols, Tanya

nicholsLecturer

Office: PB 442
Email: tanichols@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2359
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Tu 1-4 (Zoom)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from California State University, Fresno

Bio:

Tanya Nichols teaches writing and literature courses. She serves as the coordinator of the English Department's annual Young Writers’ Conference and the university's Upper-Division Writing Exam. Nichols is the author of three novels: Stinger, co-written with journalist Bill McEwen, published in 2019 by West of West Books; The Circle Game, published in 2018 by Alternative Book Press; and The Barber’s Wife, published in 2014 by Alternative Book Press. Her shorter works have appeared in a variety of literary journals.

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Paul, Mary

paulLecturer

Office: PB 405
Email: mpaul@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.5588
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 7-8, 10-11 and 1-2 (Zoom)

Education:

Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from California State University, Fresno

M.A. in English (Literature) from California State University, Fresno

B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting) from California State University, Fresno

Bio:

Dr. Mary Paul is a lecturer in the English Department at Fresno State, with assigned time working directly with the university’s Chief Information Officer. She is a Fellow in the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program. Mary was awarded Apple Distinguished Educator recognition in 2017, and has taken on a facilitating role in Applied Teaching Technology at Fresno State. She has offered numerous presentations at national conferences on the topic of Mobile Application Technology’s use in higher education institutions, and has a publication on teaching with technology. Mary has recently worked as a consultant for colleges encouraging faculty adoption of technology-infused pedagogy and has been recognized as a Proven Lead Faculty by the Chancellor’s Office for Course Redesign with Technology since 2016, working with faculty across all 23 CSU campuses on course design.

Powell, Elizabeth

powellLecturer

Office: PB 410
Email: epowell@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2331
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Tu 11-12 and 1:30-2:30 (Zoom)

Education:

J.D. from San Joaquin College of Law

M.A. in English (Literature) from California State University, Fresno

B.A. in English (Literature) from California State University, Fresno

Bio:

Elizabeth Sofia Powell started teaching in the English Department's First-Year Writing program in 1987, and then she decided law school sounded interesting. While Elizabeth loved studying law, she hated practicing it, so after two years in private practice, she "came back from the dark side" (as Prof. Corrinne Hales put it) and resumed teaching composition as lecturer at Fresno State. Although she has taught upper-division composition and introduction to literature courses, she most enjoys working with freshmen and helping them build the reading and writing skills that they will need for a successful college career. On her own time, Elizabeth's research focuses on children's literature, particularly the works of Astrid Lindgren. She owns a copy of everything Lindgren wrote, in Swedish or English, and quite a few in both. Powell's first translation of a Lindgren work into English was published in 2017.

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Reyes, Ernesto

Teaching Associate

Office: LSA 6
Email: reyes_0644086@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.3477
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 12:30-1:30 (Zoom)

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Saito, Brynn

saitoAssistant Professor

Office: PB 447
Email: bsaito@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4916
Spring 2021 Office Hours: W 10-1, Th 2-5 (Zoom)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College

M.A. in Religious Studies from New York University

B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley

Bio:

Prof. Brynn Saito, MA, MFA, is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She has also published the chapbook Dear— (2020), and co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, the poetry chapbooks, Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2016) and Wild Recovery, published in Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic (Tupelo Press, 2020). She joined the English faculty at Fresno State in August 2018 as an assistant professor. Brynn is a Kundiman Asian American poetry fellow and a two-time recipient of the California State Library's Civil Liberties Public Education grant for her work with the Yonsei Memory Project (YMP). Co-founded in 2017 with the agrarian artist Nikiko Masumoto, YMP uses arts and storytelling to connect the WWII-era incarceration of the Japanese American community with current struggles for justice. Brynn was featured in Vogue magazine's "Memory Keepers: Japanese American Internment Survivors and Descendants Speak Out." She was also a recipient of a 2019 Densho Artists Initiative grant and recipient of residencies at Hedgebrook and the Santa Fe Arts Institute. Brynn provided the voice-over narration for the Emmy-winning PBS documentary, Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese American Incarceration. Brynn is a fourth generation Japanese American and Korean American, born and raised in Fresno. She's an alumna of Buchanan High School in Clovis. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in American Poetry Review, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

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Santikian, Leslie

santikianLecturer

Office: PB 410
Email: lsantikian@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2331
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 11:30-1 (Zoom)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from California State University, Fresno

B.A. in English (Creative Writing) from Santa Clara University

Bio:

Leslie Santikian, MFA, is a published writer whose works has appeared in Switchback, Blue Lyra Review, the Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere. She has also had her one-act and short plays performed as part of Santa Clara University's New Playwrights Festival. She has taught writing and literature courses as a lecturer at Fresno State since August 2011. Leslie is a third-generation Armenian and Greek American, born and raised in Fresno. She's an alumna of Clovis West High School.

Scadding, Tomaro

Lecturer

Office: PB 407
Email: tscadding@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2248
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MW 2-3:30 (Zoom)

Sias, Reva

siasAssistant Professor

Office: PB 431
Email: rsias@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4561
Spring 2021 Office Hours: W 2:30-4, Th 12:30-2 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University

Bio:

Dr. Reva Sias joined the Department of English at California State University, Fresno in 2016. Her doctoral dissertation, Antebellum Rhetorical Education at Myrtilla Miner’s School for Colored Girls: Cultural Rhetoric and Epistolary Writing at the First African American Normal School, discovers and recovers artifacts that signify the lost rhetorical education, advanced literacy practices, and activism of free people of African descent, prior to the American Civil War. As an Assistant Professor in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program, Dr. Sias specializes in Ethnic Rhetorics, Race, and Literacy Studies. Her pedagogy facilitates graduate and undergraduate students’ rhetorical agency and voices through the examination of rhetorical tools, visual literacy, cultural identities, civic engagement, and social justice redress and participation. As a Historian of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies, Dr. Sias’ archival and qualitative research methods, published scholarship, and editorship include attention to late eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-century rhetorical education, literacy practices, rhetorical/oratorical agency, and social justice activism of people of color, marginalized communities, social movements, and Women’s and Feminism Rhetoric. Dr. Sias highlights the intersections and pervasiveness of hegemonic powers, whiteness, citizenship, and race in America, as well as illuminates cultural and gender omissions in academic and political spaces. When not teaching in the classroom, Dr. Sias might be found examining artifacts and discourses at the nearest historical societies, collections, archives, and/or libraries. She wishes you HAPPY WRITING!

Skeen, Timothy

skeenProfessor

Office: PB 453
Email: tskeen@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4924
Spring 2021 Office Hours: On sabbatical

Education:

Ph.D. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bio:

Dr. Timothy Skeen joined the faculty at California State University, Fresno in Fall 2004, he specializes in 20th Century American poetry. Dr. Skeen's latest collection of poems, Reward, was published in 2017 from Finishing Line Press. His second poetry collection, Risk, won the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry Prize, and it was selected as the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Publication from the Department of English. His first poetry collection, Kentucky Swami, won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry in 2001. The book was published by BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Kentucky native’s poems have appeared in journals and magazines including the Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, the Mid-American Review, The Southern Review, and the Sonora Review. He earned a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council and an Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the tenth annual Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Dr. Skeen lives in Fresno with his wife, Pam, and their daughter, Iris.

Sosa, Mary

Teaching Associate

Office: LSA 6
Email: maryecruz21@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.3477
Spring 2021 Office Hours: F 12-1 (Zoom)

Stone, Kirk

Lecturer

Office: ED 184
Email: kistone@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.0334
Spring 2021 Office Hours: By appointment

Stout, Susan

Lecturer

Office: PB 454
Email: susanstout@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4914
Spring 2021 Office Hours: By appointment

Sutton, Lucille

Lecturer

Office: PB 440
Email: lsutton@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4915
Spring 2021 Office Hours: MTuWTh 9-10 (email) and by appointment

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from California State University, Fresno

B.A. in English (Literature) from California State University, Fresno

Bio:

Lucille Sutton was born in Saigon to a Vietnamese mother and Navy Seabee father. A product of the Vietnam War, she spent her childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana and in Long Beach, Mississippi struggling to balance the tightrope of two disparate cultures. When she was twelve, her family transferred to Port Hueneme, California where everyone assumed she was Mexican. It wasn’t until she completed her bachelor's degree at Fresno State that she finally learned to embrace and examine the complexities of her identity. In 2001, Lucille earned her MFA and joined the Department of English at Fresno State as a Lecturer. Regardless of the subject matter—composition, creative writing, or literature—she works hard for her students, and she expects the same in return. Her work has appeared online at SN Review, In the Grove, Prick of the Spindle, and JMWW. Other accomplishments include publication in Bamboo Ridge Press, Out of Thin Air, the Ventura County Star, and the San Joaquin Review. She was acknowledged in the Indiana Review: Writers of Color edition and as a top-ten finalist for the 2004 Dana Awards Short Fiction Contest. Her novel excerpts were finalists for Fall 2004 SLS/ St. Petersburg Writing Contest and Fall 2006 SLS/Kenya Writing Contest. Lucille's current writing projects include nonfiction essays and short stories inspired by experiences in the roller skating culture, both as a rink rat and flat track roller derby skater.

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Tapía, Hector

Teaching Associate

Office: LSA 6
Email: hector95@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.3477
Spring 2021 Office Hours: W 11-1 (Zoom)

Torrance, Cynthia

Lecturer

Office: PB 454
Email: ctorrance@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4914
Spring 2021 Office Hours: By appointment

Tricic, Lejla

Lecturer

Office: PB 404
Email: ltricic@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4890
Spring 2021 Office Hours: By appointment (Zoom)

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction) from California State University, Fresno

M.A. in English (Literature) from California State University, Fresno

B.A. in English (Literature) from California State University, Fresno

Bio:

Lejla Tricic is a three-time Fresno State alumna. She was nominated for a Dean's Medal, the University's highest distinction within a college, as both an undergraduate and as a graduate. Besides winning the Dean's Medal as a graduate, she has also won a University Medal, a campus-wide distinction of a highest achieving student in all the university's colleges. Lejla has been teaching writing, film, and literature for ten years at many institutions. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and research grants. When she has time, she reads classics and writes nonfiction essays, and she visits her native Bosnia with her family.

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Vang, Mai Der

vangAssistant Professor

Office: PB 445
Email: maidervang@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4913
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Tu 10-12:30, WTh 4:15-5:30 (Zoom)

Education:

MFA from Columbia University

B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley

Bio:

Prof. Mai Der Vang is the author of Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry, and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She joined the English faculty at Fresno State in August 2019 as an assistant professor. The recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, Mai Der has served as a visiting writer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, and the American Poetry Review, among other journals and anthologies. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. Mai Der is a member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle where she co-edited How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. A Kundiman fellow, she has completed residencies at Civitella Ranieri and Hedgebrook. She was born and raised in Fresno, California.

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Wang, Bo

wangProfessor

Co-Coordinator, First-Year Writing program

Office: PB 451
Email: bwang@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4923
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 1:30-3 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona

Bio:

Dr. Bo Wang joined Fresno State's English Department in 2005. Dr. Wang teaches a variety of courses in rhetorical theory and history, feminist rhetoric, writing theory and pedagogy, and academic literacy. In the past few years, under her guidance, nine graduate students presented their papers at major conferences in Rhetoric and Composition. She has served on the University's Writing Across the Curriculum Advisory Council and several Department and College committees. As Co-Director of the First-Year Writing Program, she has done extensive work mentoring graduate teaching associates, developing the common curriculum, and designing program policies and procedures. A historian, she works in the intersections of comparative/cultural rhetoric, feminist/gender studies, postcolonial studies, and transnationalism. Her writing has appeared in the journals Advances in the History of Rhetoric, College Composition and Communication, College English,Rhetoric Review, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly as well as in the edited collections Comparative Rhetoric: The Art of Traversing Rhetorical Times, Places and Spaces and Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric—the latter received the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize in 2009 from the Modern Language Association of America for distinguished research in language and culture. Her 2013 RSQ essay “Comparative Rhetoric, Postcolonial Studies, and Transnational Feminisms: A Geopolitical Approach” was nominated for the Kathleen Ethel Welch Outstanding Article Award, and her 2015 co-edited A Symposium on Comparative Rhetoric received Special Recognition for the Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award. Her most recent publications include “Ren, Reciprocity, and the Art of Communication: Conversing with Confucius in the Present” in the contributed volume After Plato:Rhetoric, Ethics, and the Teaching of Writing (July 2020) and a forthcoming essay in Rhetoric Review (2021). Dr. Wang has held two national disciplinary leadership positions, Executive Committee Member for the Conference on College Composition and Communication and Advisory Board Member for the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of CCCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric Series and on the Editorial Board of Peitho. She also serves as a manuscript reviewer for the major journals in her discipline including College Composition and Communication, Peitho, Rhetoric Review, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and for Routledge and several other academic publishers.

Weil, Isaac

Teaching Associate

Office: IT 115
Email: isweil@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 559.278.4765
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Th 9:30-10:30 (Zoom)

Weston, Lisa

westonProfessor

Office: PB 438
Email: lisaw@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4927
Spring 2021 Office Hours: TuTh 12-2 (Zoom)

Education:

Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles

Bio:

Dr. Lisa Weston teaches a variety of Medieval Literature courses within Fresno State's Department of English. She was born in England and raised there and in Canada before immigrating to the United States. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA, where she studied Old and Middle English, Medieval Latin, Norse and Celtic literatures. Dr. Weston has published widely on Old English wisdom poetry and magico-ritual texts, on the works of women writers including Baudonivia of Poitiers and Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, and on constructions of gender and sexuality in monastic liturgy and hagiography. Her current research uses feminist and queer theory to explore the inter-connections of sexuality and literacy in Anglo-Saxon and Old English literature. Her 1995 article "Women's Medicine, Women's Magic: The Old English Metrical Childbirth Charms" was reprinted as exemplar of newer critical approaches to problematic texts in Old English Literature: A Guide to Criticism with Selected Readings (2016). More recent publications include chapters in the Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature (2013), The Lesbian Premodern (2011), and Same Sex Love and Desire Among Women in the Middle Ages (2001). With Carol Braun Pasternack, she edited Sex and Sexuality in Anglo-Saxon England (2004). She has also presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, and she maintains leadership and advisory positions in organizations such as the Old English Division of the Modern Language Association, the Society for Medieval Feminist Research and the Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages. In addition to Medieval Studies, Dr. Weston also enjoys a secondary scholarly interest in contemporary popular culture and the visual arts. Her collage pieces have appeared in the department's annual literary journal, the San Joaquin Review.

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Yang, Andre

Lecturer

Office: PB 406
Email: dreyang@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4141
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Tu 12:10-3:10, Th 10-12 (Zoom)

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