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Department of English Language and Literature

MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
Humanities
Second Floor

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021

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2015 Graduation

Alison M. Rodriguez, English Department 2015 BA and Honors magna cum laude recipient, Dr. Gail Houston, Chair of English, and Julie Williams, the 2015 recipient of the New Mexico Folklore Prize and TA for Dr. Momaday, greet Dr. N. Scott Momaday, the English Department's 2015 Graduation Speaker.

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Department Excellence in Teaching

Andy Bourelle, Stephanie Spong, and Breanna Griego-Schmidt all received teaching awards this year. They are pictured with Aeron Haynie, the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and also a member of the English faculty.

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Louie Lobo Award

Congratulations to one of this year's Louie Lobo winners: Cristyn Elder received the Outstanding Student Service Provider award. Dr. Elder and other members of our department have been very involved in improving undergraduate student success at UNM.

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N. Scott Momaday

World-renowned writer N. Scott Momaday is currently a visiting professor in the English Department.

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My Favorite Poem Readings

Professor Luci Tapahonso reads at the My Favorite Poem event held in Zimmerman Library.

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Celebration of Student Writing

Vianey Veleta and Alexa Marquez, students in a learning community that includes a first year writing class and a finance course, present at the bi-annual Celebration of Student Writing.

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Students Visit Taos

Students in English classes regularly visit historical sites in New Mexico and elsewhere. Here, Dr. Feroza Jussawalla's class visits the Lawrence Ranch in Taos, NM.

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Living in New Mexico

New Mexico is a great place to live and study. The annual Balloon Fiesta is just one of the many events in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area that students and faculty in our Department regularly enjoy.

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Department Faculty

The English Department is home to faculty with diverse research and teaching interests.

Department of English Language and Literature

Daoine Bachran and Natalie Kubasek Garner Mellon Dissertation Fellowships

Daoine Bachran

Two ALS PhD candidates in English, Daoine Bachran and Natalie Kubasek, have both garnered UNM-Mellon Dissertation Fellowships to facilitate the completion of their dissertations. 

Daoine Bachran’s dissertation, “From Recovery to Discovery: Ethnic Science Fiction and (Re)Creating the Future,” argues that science fiction by Native, Chicana/o, and black artists re-imagines scientific paradigms for understanding history, the present, and future possibility. Natalie Kubasek’s dissertation, entitled “Chicana Feminist Acts: Revising the Script of Chicana/o Theater from the Early Twentieth Century to the Present” proves that since the 1930’s, Chicanas have staged feminist acts in theater that challenge patriarchal and nationalist ideas of gender and sexuality by imagining and performing multiple Chicana identities. Dr. Jesse Alemán chairs both award-winning dissertations. 

Natalie Kubasek

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the highly competitive and nationally recognized Mellon award provides dissertation fellowships in the humanistic social sciences across ten UNM departments to senior doctoral students working on studies relevant to Latino/a or Native American communities. The year-and-a-half award is meant to assist in the completion of the dissertation by providing a $25,000.00 stipend at the beginning of each semester for three semesters; tuition remission; health care coverage; and up to $1,500.00 for professional development or research support during the tenure of the award. The Mellon also awards the fellow’s dissertation chair a $3,000.00 stipend.

Stephanie Spong Receives Bilinski Fellowship

Stephanie Spong PictureStephanie Spong was recently awarded the prestigious Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship.  The Bilinski Educational Foundation recognizes excellent doctoral students in the humanities at UNM. Eight doctoral students have already completed their dissertations and degrees supported by Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowships. The 2015 finalists for the Bilinski Fellowship stand out for their potential impact on both scholarship and community. Stephanie Spong (English) is reexamining Modernist poetry to reveal how poets from Gertrude Stein to Langston Hughes created new and influential ideas of love and eros. Read more here.

Kelly Hunnings Receives Gallagher Scholarship

Kelly Hunnings PictureKelly Hunnings was recently awarded the Gallagher Scholarship, which provides funding for year-long study in Ireland and Europe. She will be splitting time in between Ireland, Scotland and England; her research will trace the role of laboring-class women's writing from the shift to Georgian to Romantic models of writing.

Kalila Bohsali Receives Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

 The University of New Mexico selected its first Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows recently. The recipients for the the 2015-2017 cohort of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program include: Amber Lopez, Kalila Bohsali, Melissa Auh, Nina Raby and Shayanah Chiaramonte.

Kalila Bohsali is an undergraduate student, double majoring in literature and French, with a minor in Arabic.

See Mara Kerkez' full article from the UNM Newsroom.

A Letter from the Chair

Gail Houston, Chair of the UNM English DepartmentWelcome to the UNM Department of English Literature and Language webpage. Our mission is to engage in language, writing, research, teaching, and public service that advance understanding of English literature and our expanding heritage of literatures in English.

I believe that the field of English literature and language remains significant both in times of economic hardship and wellbeing because literature and language, writing and critical thinking are crucial not only to identifying our society’s values but also to examining how and why all cultures have ethical, aesthetic, social, spiritual, emotional, and economic value systems.
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Taos Summer Writers' Conference

taos summer writers conferenceThe Conference has " a distinct conference philosophy that attracts writers from not only all over the U.S., but Canada, Taiwan and West Africa."
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Writing Across Communities

writing across communities

We educate students for global lives in the new century, lives in which the ability to communicate fluently across boundaries is essential. 
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Ximenes Scholarship

American Literary Realism

american literary reviewFor over forty years, American Literary Realism has brought readers critical essays on American literature from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Edited by Gary Scharnhorst. 
Visit the ALR website

Blue Mesa Review

Blue Mesa ReviewOriginally founded by Rudolfo Anaya, Gene Frumkin, David Johnson, Patricia Clark Smith, and Lee Bartlette in 1989 - the department's entirely student run literary magazine. 
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Sigma Tau Delta

sigma tau deltaThe Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. 
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English Graduate Student Association

american literary reviewCatch up on all the latest news, learn about special events, and find ways to make connections with other grad students at
 the EGSA blog.