The faculty and doctoral students in the Department of American Literary Studies at the University of New Mexico are riding a wave of publications, with books and articles either recently published or immediately expected on the horizon.
The list includes eight assistant / associate professors and five doctoral students. Following is a list of their publications highlighting the areas of expertise within ALS and the group’s unique balance of literary tradition and cultural innovation.
Jesse Alemán, professor and the director of literature, published “The Latino/a Nineteenth Century” (NYU Press, 2016), a co-edited collection of new essays charting 19th-century U.S. Latino and literary histories.
Finnie Coleman, associate professor and former ALS director, expects publication this fall of “A Blueprint for Occupying Honors; Activism in Institutional Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice and Academic Excellence” in Occupy Honors Education, NCHC Diversity Monograph II.
Jesús Costantino, assistant professor and the newest addition to ALS, recently published two articles: “Harlem in Furs: Race and Fashion in the Photography of Gordon Parks” and “The Squared City: Prizefighting, Tenement Reform, and Spatial Physiognomy at the Turn of the Century.”
Bernadine Hernández, assistant professor, placed her article, “Dying to Be Beautiful: (Re) Membering the Women of Júarez and the Commodification of Death” in the Spring 2018 issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly.
Scarlett Higgins, assistant professor, announces the Spring 2018 release of her book, “Collage and Literature: The Persistence of Vision,” via Routledge Press.
Matthew Hofer, associate professor and current ALS director, expects to see his substantive chapter, “From Imagism to Vorticism and BLAST: ‘In a Station of the Metro’ and other Early Poetry and Prose,” in the MLA’s forthcoming book Approaches to Teaching Ezra Pound’s Poetry and Prose.
Melina Vizcaíno-Alemán, who recently earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor and was granted a year’s sabbatical, announced the publication of her book, “Gender and Place in Chicana/o Literature: Critical Regionalism and the Mexican American Southwest via Palgrave Macmillan’s Literatures of the Americas Series.”
Kathryn Wichelns, assistant professor, published “How to Teach in High Heels: Porn Studies in the Interdisciplinary Classroom” in the February 2017 pages of Radical Pedagogy.
Oliver Baker, a Ph.D. student, former Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellow, and a current Mellon Dissertation Fellow, published two articles: “Words Are Things” and “Democracy, Class, and White Settler Colonialism.”
Jana Koehler, a Ph.D. student who recently passed her prospectus defense, published “Epistolary Politics: A Recovered Letter from Frances E. W. Harper to William Still” in the American Literary Realism special issue on “Matters of Race in the Age of Realism.”
Laurie Lowrance, a Ph.D. student, expects to see her article “Resistance to Containment and Conquest in Sarah Winnemucca’s Life Among the Piutes and María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s Who Would Have Thought It?” appear in the Feb. issue of Western American Literature.
Lauren Perry, a Ph.D. student, has two publications forthcoming. The first is a chapter titled “Teaching the History and Theory of American Comics: 20th Century Graphic Novels as a Complex Literary Genre.” Her second publication is a number of entries—on Alan Grant, Frank Quitely, Grant Morrison, and four others—in the Edinburgh Biographic Dictionary of Scottish Writers, a biographical dictionary of notable Scottish writers (Edinburgh University Press).
Julie Williams, a Bilinksi dissertation fellow and recently graduated doctoral student, expects her essay, “Western Writers and Wheelchairs: Embodiment and Ability in Waist High in the World,” to appear in the forthcoming book “The Matter of Disability.”
A full list of details and publications can be found at ALS Publishing Boom.