Winter 2019-2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

An essay by Elizabeth Dodd appears in the current issue of The Iowa Review (49.3, Winter 2019/20)

As promised in the posts from last September, October, November, and December, here’s our next installment of faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity.

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Karin Westman, Department Head



Traci Brimhall, “Archival Voyeur: Searching for the Lost Poems of Amelia Earhart” (essay). New England Review, vol. 40, no. 4, Winter, 2019, pp. 105-115.

Contender” (poem). Ploughshares vol. 45, no. 4, Winter, 2019-20, pp. 32-33.

Tim Dayton, review of Alisa Miller’s Rupert Brooke in the First World War (2017). Journal of First World War Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, 2019, pp.157-58.

Elizabeth Dodd, “Under Review” (essay). The Iowa Review, Winter 2019/20, pp. 132-46.

Anuja Madan, “Slow Violence and Water Racism in Sarnath Banerjee’s All Quiet in Vikaspuri.” Graphic Narratives about South Asia and South Asian America: Aesthetics and Politics, edited by Kavita Daiya, Routledge, 2020, pp. 125-143.

Philip Nel, “A Manifesto for Radical Children’s Literature (and an Argument Against Radical Aesthetics).” Barnboken: tidskrift för barnlitteraturforskning/Journal of Children’s Literature Research, vol. 42, 2019, pp. 1-25.

Anne Phillips, “Agency in Gerwig’s Little Women—but for whom?” Oxford UP Blog 16 Jan. 2020. <>.

Louisa May Alcott.” Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature, edited by Jackson Bryer, Paul Lauter, and Richard Kopley, Oxford UP, 15 Jan. 2020. <>.

Tosha Sampson-Choma, “Disengaging from the Monolithic Black Myth: The Quest for Coalition in Americanah and We Need New Names.” Journal of American Culture, vol. 42, no. 4, 2019, pp. 312-325.

“Mortifying Earthly Desires in Toni Morrison’s Home.” Humanities, vol. 8, no. 4, 2019:



Tanya González, Katherine Karlin, Tosha Sampson-Choma, and Lisa Tatonetti, “Poetry is Not a Luxury: Authors as Activists, Writing as Resistance.” KSUnite Program. 6 Nov. 2019.

Tosha Sampson-Choma, “From Devastation to Redemptive Love: Recognizing Dysfunction and Resilience in The Color Purple.” McCain Conversations. 22 Jan. 2020.

“I’ll Have the Last Word: Responding to the Cult of True Womanhood in Andrea Levy’s The Long Song.” Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Conference. Williamsburg, VA. 8 Nov. 2019.

Lisa Tatonetti, “A Generous Spirit: Reflections on the Legacy of Mohawk Writer Beth Brant.” National Women’s Studies Association. San Francisco, CA. 17 Nov. 2019.



Traci Brimhall won the 2019 KSBN Faculty/Staff Award.

Molly Burt (MA ’20), Katherine Dubke (MA ’21), Dustin Vann (MA ’20) received Arts and Sciences Research Travel Awards.

Cecelia Pick Gomez (B.A. English ’20, B.S. Education ’20), Riley Griffin (BA ‘20), Peyton Warner (BA ’20), and Natalie Wolf (BA ’20 English and Modern Languages) received Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Awards. Cecelia and Riley will work with Michele Janette, and Peyton and Natalie will work with Mary Kohn.


Featured in Media

Greg Eiselein and Anne Phillips were interviewed about Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women:

“Why Do We Keep Remaking Little Women?” Deseret News 24 Dec 2019:

“‘Little Women’: A Modern Take on the March Sisters” Christian Science Monitor 19 Dec 2019:






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