Rice University

Department of English

Graduate Alumni News

In this first issue we have relied on faculty and on happenstance to provide us with news of our graduate alumni. We hope by the next issue to hear directly from you more news of your recent activities.

Candace Barrington, 1975, Associate Professor, Central Connecticut State University, published American Chaucers for the New Middle Ages Series (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007).

Ayşe Çelikkol, 2006, Assistant Professor at Macalaster College since 2007, has accepted a position at Bilkent University in Turkey.

Elizabeth Fenton, 2006, Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont, has a contract with Oxford University Press for Religious Liberties: Anti-Catholicism, Liberalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. It will appear in their Hemispheric Americas Series, edited by Caroline Levander.

Kay Heath, 2001, Assistant Professor of English at Virginia State University, just published Aging by the Book: The Emergence of Midlife in Victorian Britain (SUNY Press, 2009).

Laura Hodges, 1985, has a contract for her third book, on clothing in the Canterbury Tales.

Ann Kennedy, 2004, Assistant Professor at the University of Maine, just published a book, “Keeping Up Her Geography”: Women’s Writing and Geocultural Space in Early Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature, for Routledge’s Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory Series.

Michèle Mulchahey, 1978, was awarded the Leonard Boyle Chair in Manuscript Studies at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

Janet Myers, 2000, Associate Professor of English at Elon University, has a book published entitled Antipodal England: Emigration and Portable Domesticity in the Victorian Imagination (SUNY Press, 2009).

Louise Penner, 2000, was appointed Associate Professor with tenure at University of Massachusetts, Boston, starting this fall.

John Pipkin, 1997, has recently published a novel, Woodsburner (Nan A. Talese, 2009), about Thoreau's (accidental) burning down of the Concord Woods before he rose to fame as an environmentalist. The book has already been well and widely reviewed and was one of Amazon’s “Best Books” in May. Here is the link to the review in the New York Times:

Rebecca Stern, 1997, Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, published Home Economics: Domestic Fraud in Victorian England (Ohio State University Press, 2008).

Pamela Walker, 1991, has published a book entitled Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas (TAMU Press, 2009), and recently gave a talk about her work at Brazos Bookstore in Houston.

Gina Weaver, 2006, Assistant Professor at Southern Nazarene University, has a book entitled Ideologies of Forgetting: Sexual Trauma and the Vietnam War forthcoming (SUNY Press). 

(click here to go to the next page listing faculty accomplishments from 2009)