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Department of English News

The English department offers a variety of courses in literature, language and writing. Our majors explore literature as an artistic medium from both theoretical and historical perspectives, in the process honing students' analytical and writing skills.

Current English News

Hanna Andrews holding books in front of the Academic Success Center
People | October 7, 2019

She is inspired by the goals, values, and dreams of her students at the Academic Success Center.

woman in home library
People | October 1, 2019

Her love of books continually drew Alumna of the Year Beverly Rogers back to UNLV as both a student and donor.

various book covers
Arts and Culture | August 4, 2019

From works providing context for today's political issues to the unexpected inspiration of sheep, Black Mountain Institute staff offer their recommendations.

Steven Sexton, assistant professor of English
People | May 20, 2019

This assistant professor of English pursued varied academic interests but found his purpose studying the stories of indigenous peoples.

Karsyn Wilson sitting on stage in an empty theater.
Research | May 1, 2019

Through interviews and writing, this Research & Creative Honors Program participant discovered how storytelling empowers marginalized groups.

Christen Lena Gomez working at her computer.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant makes educating children about the diversity within the Latino community fun.

English In The News

Our Culture Mag
October 7, 2019

John M. Bowers, a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, presented his latest book Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer. Previously Professor Bowers has written books on Chaucer, Langland, and the Gawain Poet.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 4, 2019

Two winners of the Yale Younger Poets prize will read from their work Oct. 22 as part of a nationwide celebration of the award’s 100th anniversary.

The Nevada Independent
September 25, 2019

The UNLV Faculty Senate voted to kill a proposed referendum Tuesday that would have recommended the Board of Regents extend the contract of interim UNLV President Marta Meana and postpone an ongoing search for a permanent replacement — a move that comes just days ahead of the first meeting Friday between the regents and the ad hoc presidential search committee.

El Tiempo
September 6, 2019

From the age of 16 Elizabeth Zaldaña Quiñones writes poems, she has had a growth process, thanks to the fact that she finished her studies in the English career at the Nevada University of Las Vegas (UNLV); Of course, the interest and inspiration was already born, now it is done with the rules of this genre of literature.

The Nevada Independent
June 7, 2019

The Board of Regents adopted a new corequisite model for remedial college classes Thursday, kicking off a two-year-long implementation process that will replace existing remedial coursework that critics say dramatically decreases the likelihood a student finishes their degree with credit-bearing classes that provide additional resources for students who need it.

Oxford Mail
May 20, 2019

Now, detective work by an American academic has uncovered the fantasy author’s previously unpublished Clarendon Chaucer, and a new book will reveal his conclusions.

English Experts

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Recent English Accomplishments

October 14, 2019
P. Jane Hafen (English) presented and participated on a panel, Native American Women Activists: Resistance, Resilience, and Passing the Torch, at the National Portrait Gallery, sponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian.
September 30, 2019
Monserrath Hernández (Journalism and Media Studies), Maribel Estrada Calderón (History), Marcela Rodriguez-Campo (Teaching and Learning), Elsa Lopez (Education), Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez (Education), Rodrigo Vazquez (Economics), and Nathalie Martinez (Honors) were each recently awarded a student scholarship from the city of Las Vegas and the...
September 16, 2019
Joe Milan, Jr. (English and Black Mountain Institute) won the prestigious David K. Wong Fellowship, "a unique and generous annual award to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about East and Southeast Asia to spend a year in the UK at the University of East Anglia in Norwich." The fellowship commences in October. Milan is among...
July 25, 2019
P. Jane Hafen (English) and Brenden H. Rensink (Brigham Young University) co-edited Essays on American Indian and Mormon History, published by the University of Utah Press. With the aim of avoiding familiar narrative patterns of settler colonialism, the editors and contributors seek to make American Indians the subjects rather than the objects of...
June 21, 2019
Jarret Keene (English) wrote a short comics story, "Cannonball," which appears in the just-published The Good Fight: Taking a Stand Against Racism and Bigotry. The anthology contains more than 40 stories by all-star comics creators such as Mark Waid and J.H. Williams III, with all profits benefiting the Southern Poverty Law Center.
May 6, 2019
Clarissa Otoo (Hospitality), Zulma Arceo (Public Health), Caroline Farah (Teaching and Learning), Cambria Del Castillo (Theatre), and Camisha Fagan (Sociology and English) successfully completed their involvement in UNLV’s Grad Rebel Advantage Program. All five are undergraduates. The Grad Rebel Advantage Program helps prepares students for...