Accomplishments: Department of English

July 2, 2020
P. Jane Hafen (English) is the author of Help Indians Help Themselves: The Later Writing of Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa), which has been featured as book of the Month on Native America Calling.    
June 4, 2020
Brittany Paloma Fiedler and Niki Fullmer (both Libraries) will present "Latinx Students in a Hispanic-Serving Institution's Academic Library" at the California Academic and Research Libraries Association 2020 virtual conference. The presentation will include preliminary findings from surveys and interviews of Latinx students at UNLV and their usage of and feelings toward the UNLV University Libraries. Fiedler is a teaching & learning librarian. Fullmer, '17 BA English, is a research,...
May 20, 2020
Gary Totten (English) has published an article, “Wharton’s Wild West: Undine Spragg and the Dakota Divorce,” in the journal Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory. He examines Edith Wharton's portrayal of western U.S. divorce colonies in the early 20th century in her novel The Custom of the Country (1913).
May 8, 2020
Lauren Paljusaj (English), along with Anne Savage and Susanna Newbury (both Art) wrote an essay that was published in Nevada Humanities' inaugural Double Down post on distance — part of its COVID-response series on human connection. The essay considers how to interpret photographs as meaningful points of time-lapsed contact. Using UNLV Special Collections & Archives photographs, students explored how tangible, historical artifacts inform our sense of community in the present day. Their...
May 5, 2020
Lauren Paljusaj (English) and Anne Savage (Art) have been jointly awarded the University Libraries Lance & Elena Calvert prize for "Intimate Nevada," their research in photography in the UNLV Special Collections. This research reflected on concepts of the vernacular and the everyday in Southern Nevada. Mentors in Special Collections on this project were Peter Michel, Su Kim Chung, and Aaron Mayes. Both Paljusaj and Savage are undergraduates.
May 5, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce its 2019-20 award winners.  UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards Each year the Graduate College presents four awards for outstanding theses and dissertations (within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM). This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM): Rachel Rahib, M.S. Geoscience, "Petrogenesis of Enriched and Intermediate Poikilitic Shergottites: From Magmatic Source to Emplacement"...
May 1, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Graduate College Medallion recipients. Graduate College Medallion recipients are exceptionally involved during their time as graduate students at UNLV. Medallions are given in the semester students graduate.  This semester's recipients are: Austin McKenna, Biological Sciences Ph.D.  Monia Kazemeini, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Johanna Andrews, Public Health Ph.D. Jessica Nave-Blodgett, Psychology Ph.D. John...
February 12, 2020
John Hay (English) is the author of “The Limits of Recovery: The Failure of James Gates Percival,” a scholarly article published in the winter 2020 issue of the journal Early American Literature. This essay examines the passage into obscurity of a man who was once the most famous poet in America and considers how the recent digitization of archives changes the work of recovery scholarship.
February 11, 2020
Timothy Erwin (English) has been named to the prize jury for the Huntington Library Quarterly Centennial Essay Prize. The award will be conferred this year in celebration of the library's first 100 years, and aims to promote scholarship in British and American Studies from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Erwin also recently joined the Board of Governors of the Samuel Johnson Society of the West, meeting annually in Los Angeles.
January 22, 2020
Anne H. Stevens (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies), along with alumna Molly C. O'Donnell, '15 PhD English, have co-edited the collection The Microgenre: A Quick Look at Small Culture with Bloomsbury, released this month. Contributors to this collection of essays about highly specific cultural genres include Megan Becker, John Hay (both English), Heather Lusty (Honors), and Susanna Newbury (Art). A book launch celebration is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Writer's Block...
December 13, 2019
Gary Totten (English) has published two book chapters. The first is "Women, Art, and the Natural World in Edith Wharton's Works" in the book The New Edith Wharton Studies, published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Jennifer Haytock and Laura Rattray. The second is "Spaces of Consumption in American Literary Realism" in the book The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism, published by Oxford University Press and edited by Keith Newlin.
November 13, 2019
Susanna Newbury (Art) and Alana Fa'agai (English) presented their scholarship and teaching methods at the November 2019 National Humanities Conference in Honolulu. The panel, Localizing the Digital and Public Humanities, addressed the scaling of high-quality, humanities-based research to digital delivery methods for an audience of scholars, non-profit organizations, funding organizations, and members of the National Endowment for the Humanities staff and administration. Fa'agai is a doctoral...