New Mexico Faculty, Summer 2017

Lars Engle, on-site director, AB, Harvard College; MA, Cambridge University; PhD, Yale University. James G. Watson Professor of English, University of Tulsa.

Lars Engle is James G. Watson Professor at the University of Tulsa.  Educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and Yale, he is the author of Shakespearean Pragmatism: Market of His Time (Chicago, 1993), coauthor of Studying Shakespeare's contemporaries (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and an editor of English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology (New York: 2002).  His articles have appeared in such journals as PMLA, Modern Philology, SEL, YJC, English Studies in Africa, Pretexts, Shakespeare Quarterly, Exemplaria, Shakespearean International Yearbook, and 3pR, and he has essays in many edited collections.  He’s won three teaching awards and been a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.

Holly Laird, on site director, AB, Bryn Mawr College; PhD, Princeton University. Frances W. O'Hornett Professor of Literature, University of Tulsa.

Damián BacaBA, West Texas A&M University; MA, Northern Arizona University; PhD, Syracuse University. Associate Professor and Director, Program in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona.

Damián Baca is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Rhetoric, Composition, and Teaching of English graduate program at the University of Arizona. He is author of Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing (2008), a book that retells the story of writing as a technology that emerges not with alphabets in the West, but in the Valley of México, long before the birth of Aristotle. He is also lead editor of Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114BCE to 2012CE (2010), a collection on Indigenous discourse and the global from long ago through current global capitalism. 

J.D. Connor, BA, Harvard University; PhD, Johns Hopkins University. Associate Professor, Cinema & Media Studies, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

J.D.’s work centers on the interplay of art and industry in contemporary Hollywood. The Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood, 1970–2010 was published last year. Hollywood Math and Aftermath should be out next year. He’s also working on a history of tape recording from World War II to Watergate, Archives of the Ambient. He’s a founding member of Post•45. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Humanities Center and previously taught at Yale and Harvard.

Dennis Denisoff, BA, Simon Fraser University; MA, PhD, McGill University. McFarlin Professor of English, University of Tulsa.

Dennis Denisoff is the McFarlin Professor of English and member of the Women and Gender Studies program at the University of Tulsa. His publications include the monographs Aestheticism and Sexual Parody (2001) and Sexual Visuality from Literature to Film (2004), the novels Dog Years (1991) and The Winter Gardeners (2003), and the poetry collection Tender Agencies (1994). He has received Ryerson University’s Sarwan Sahota Award for Research and the Nineteenth Century Studies Association’s President’s Award. Dennis is currently completing a book on pagan ecology, an edition of Arthur Machen’s fiction, and a novel set in rural British Columbia.

Rachel LeeBA, Cornell University; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. Professor of English, Gender Studies, and Institute of Society and Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles.

Cruz MedinaBA, University of California, Santa Barbara; MFA/MA, Chapman University; PhD, University of Arizona. Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Santa Clara University.

Cruz Medina is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Santa Clara University. Cruz's research interests include cultural rhetorics and digital writing. His first book Reclaiming Poch@ Pop examined pop culture productions in response to anti-Latinx legislation in Arizona. He is currently co-editing a digital book collection called Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media for Computers and Composition Digital Press.

Jeffrey NunokawaBA, Yale College; PhD, Cornell University. Professor of English, Princeton University.

Simon J. Ortiz, DLitt, University of New Mexico. Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University 

Bruce R. SmithBA, Tulane University; MA, PhD, University of Rochester. Professor of English, University of Southern California.

Bruce R. Smith, Dean’s Professor of English at the University of Southern California, is the author of nine books, including most recently Shakespeare | Cut: Rethinking Cutwork in an Age of Distraction (Oxford, 2016). An earlier book, The Acoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-Factor (Chicago, 1999), was recognized by Choice as one of the top 24 academic books published between 1998 and 2003. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the British Academy, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Folger and the Huntington libraries. 

Annalyn Swan, BA, Princeton University; MA, King’s College, University of Cambridge. Visiting Professor, Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center, CUNY, 2014-2017. Biographer, critic.

Annalyn Swan is a biographer, critic and visiting lecturer at the Graduate Center (CUNY) in New York. With the art critic Mark Stevens, she is the author of de Kooning: An American Master, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the artist Willem de Kooning. The book also won the National Book Critics Circle prize for biography and the Los Angeles Times biography award, and was named one of the 10 best books of 2005 by the New York Times. Swan and Stevens are currently at work on a biography of the 20th-century British painter Francis Bacon. Swan earned her undergraduate degree in English at Princeton University. A Marshall Scholar, she received her M.A. in English at King’s College, Cambridge University. She began her career as a writer at Time, then joined Newsweek as music critic and shortly thereafter became the magazine’s senior arts editor. She is a former trustee of Princeton University, where she has also taught, and the head of the Advisory Council of Princeton’s English Department. She writes frequently about the arts and is the recipient of an Ascap-Deems Taylor award and a Front Page Award for her music criticism.