Letter from the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Anita ObermeierWelcome to the graduate program in English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Located in a diverse ethnic and cultural environment, UNM’s Department of English trains scholars, teachers, and writers who share a common commitment to language and literary studies. In addition to our long-established degrees in British and American literatures, Creative Writing, Medieval Studies, and Rhetoric and Writing, we offer graduate study in Southwest, Chicano/a, Native American, Postcolonial literatures and culture, and in Professional Writing.

Approximately 100 students are enrolled each semester. Two thirds of these students hold teaching or graduate assistantships. Graduate students in the English department frequently present at local, national, and international conferences; publish in scholarly, creative writing, and professional writing journals; and have received prestigious awards, such as the Association of American University Women Dissertation Fellowship, the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and the Popejoy Dissertation Prize. Opportunities for professional development and mentoring, through the English Graduate Student Association, forums for graduate students, and the faculty’s commitment to student success, prepare graduate students for successful careers within and beyond academia. Our graduates go on to diverse careers and enrich their lives and work through advanced study in the arts, uses, and powers of language.

We invite you to browse our website and learn more about the range of activities and many accomplishments of the students and faculty in our graduate program. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

Anita Obermeier
Associate Chair of Graduate Studies