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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Faculty & Staff

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/lit/litesfaculty.html

Jacqueline Arnold
Jacqueline Arnold
AH 201E
389-2570
jacqueline.arnold@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
Teaching methods, children's literature, adolescent literature

Research Interests:
Dr. Arnold's research interests include online teaching, teaching multicultural literature, and literacy education. She is currently President of Minnesota Council of Teachers of English.

Edward Ávila
Edward Ávila
AH 201D
389-1155
edward.avila@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
Chicana/o and Latina/o literature and film, Multi-ethnic U.S literature, Transnationalism, Gender Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies

John Banschbach
John Banschbach

AH 201I
389-2117
john.banschbach@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
British literature, teaching methods, children's literature, young adult literature

Donna Casella
Donna Casella

AH 201A
389-5260
donna.casella@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
Film studies, film theory, popular culture, Early American literature

Research Interests:
Dr. Casella's most recent project studies Irish, French and British newsreels covering the Anglo/Irish War, 1916-1921. Other interests include feminist theory, queer theory, and genre theory.

Kirsti Cole
Kirsti Cole
AH 201G
389-1525
kirsti.cole@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
Literary, composition, and rhetorical theory

Research Interests:
Dr. Cole's research interests include composition pedagogy, feminist composition and rhetorical methodologies, and gender in the profession. Her recent projects include an analysis of U.S. political rhetoric about women's bodies and their bodily autonomy in connection with rhetorical citizenship.

Danielle Haque
Danielle Haque
AH 229F
389-2350
danielle.haque@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
Global literatures

Research Interests:
20th and 21st global literatures: Arab Angiophone, Latina/o, and indigenous literatures

 

Melissa Purdue
Melissa Purdue
AH 201C
389-5510
melissa.purdue@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
18th, 19th, and early 20th-century British literature; postcolonial literature and theory; Gender & Women's Studies; speculative fiction; and Australian literature.

Research Interests:
Dr. Purdue's current research focuses on representations of motherhood and women's sexuality in fin de siècle British fiction. She is also working on projects on Rhoda Broughton and Arthur Machen. Dr. Purdue is editor of the journal Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (www.ncgsjournal.com)

Matthew Sewell
Matthew Sewell
AH 207I
389-1166
matthew.sewell@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
American literature, African-American literature, film

Research Interests:
Dr. Sewell writes about the relationship between social problems and aesthetic problems, with an emphasis on history, public policy, and law. His current research examines post-1945 American literature and film.

Gwen Westerman
Gwen Westerman
AH 229F
389-5508
gwen.westerman@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
American literature, multicultural and Native American literatures, technical communication, project management

Research Interests:
Dr. Westerman is the director of the Native American Literature Symposium.

Elizabeth Williamsen
Elizabeth Williamsen
AH 201B
389-1273
elizabeth.williamsen@mnsu.edu

Teaching Specialties:
Medieval and renaissance literature, especially Chaucer and Shakespeare, and historical linguistics

Research Interests:
Dr. Williamsen's research examines individual and group identity in medieval narrative, particularly focusing on the effects of treachery in Middle English romance. Side projects have addressed representations of foreigness in early travel writing.