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Publications & Presentations

Publications and Presentations

Duquesne's English Department has active faculty and graduate students, who are regularly publishing and presenting their work. Featured here are just a few of the highlights from this past semester, Fall 2015. For a full list of publications and presentations by our graduate students from the past three years, visit our archive.

PhD student Rachel Luckenbill is currently writing a dissertation on representations of Christianity in Native American fiction and poetry. To inform her research, in October, Rachel attended an Apache Fire Dance in Oklahoma. She served as a cook in the outdoor kitchen and learned about the history of the Apache who lived as prisoners of war in Oklahoma and was able to witness a syncretic blend of Apache and Christian sacred traditions. For more from Rachel, visit the Center for Teaching Excellence's blog.

Drs. Linda Kinnahan and Magali Michael participated in a Symposium to launch the new Women's Institute at Chatham University by presenting on their scholarship this past November. The event brought together women scholars committed to issues of gender across disciplines from the various universities across the city of Pittsburgh.
Chatham opened its Women's Institute in 2014 with a mission to help overcome the social inequalities facing women and to advance women's excellence.


This year, Dr. Greg Barnhisel published  Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and Cultural Diplomacy through Columbia University Press. The book "documents how the CIA, the State Department, and private cultural diplomats transformed modernist art and literature into pro-Western propaganda during the first decade of the Cold War" (CUP). Dr. Barnhisel traveled to NYU in October to give a talk on his book; the lecture was streamed on C-Span.

Former PhD student and Editor of Lexicon Magazine, Jennifer Collins, has just had her first book of poetry published! The book is entitled Oil Slick Dreams and is now available for purchase from Finishing Line Press. For more news about what are alumni are up to, check out the latest issue of our alumni newsletter, Much Ado.