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Our New Hires (2010-13)

Paul Crutcher

    Paul Crutcher, PhD

    Educational Background

    PhD, Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, Michigan State University, 2013
    MA, English Composition and Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Missouri, 2005
    Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, 2005
    BA in Philosophy and Certificate in Writing, University of Missouri, 2002

    Areas of Focus
      Empathy in culture, especially in K-12 and higher education, language and literacy (including TESOL), pop culture (e.g., TV, games, movies, comics), children’s and YA literature, religious/secular ethics, and critical theory (particularly gender, sexuality, and LBGTQ issues)

      Select Publications and Professional Activities
      • “University agent in the local school: A Jesus-and-George-Clooney narrative.” Co-authored and presented with Kyle Greenwalt (MSU) at the 2013 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. (2013)
      • “Addressing the Common Core Through Comics, from Global Competencies to Skills Across the Subjects and Curriculum.” Midwest Popular Culture Association & Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference. (2013)
      • “The cultural capital of tofu, for example, in rural Missouri.” Presented at the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML) Symposium. (2013)
      • Review of J. Bitchener & D. R. Ferris, Written Corrective Feedback in Second Language Acquisition and Writing (Routledge, 2012). Education Review. (2013)
      • “The Gordon Ramsay Pedagogy and Curriculum (You Thought You Knew).” Midwest Popular Culture Association & Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference. (2013)
      • “Exploring possibility: Challenging curriculum, students, and teachers to be engaged.” Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 28(1), 220-226. (2012)
      • “Overcoming fear of math while in the desert.” Presented on the “Collection of Readings in ‘Creative Non-Fiction and Inventive Gestures’” panel at The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML) Symposium. (2011)
      • “The comic and graphic novel medium: Inquiry through bestselling Batman stories.” Journal of Popular Culture 44(1), 53-72. (2011)
      • “Expectations vs. practice: Addressing the challenges of teaching children’s and YA literature in colleges of education.” Presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention. (2010)
      • Review of Lin, J, Brantmeier, E. J., & Bruhn, C. (Eds.), Transforming education for peace (Information Age Publishing, 2008). Education Review, available at (2009)
      • “Face.” McSweeney’s (2007), available at
      • 新世纪应用英语教程, A New Century Practical English Course. By Peking and Chengdu Universities. Textbook Editor & Contributor (2006)

      Jeremy Scott Ecke

      Jeremy Scott Ecke, PhD

      Educational Background

      PhD, Linguistic Emphasis, University of California at Berkeley, 2009
      BA, Highest Honors, University of California at Davis, 2000

      Teaching and Research Positions
      • Assistant Professor of English, Belmont University, 2010-2012
      • Holloway Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetry and Poetics, UC Berkeley, 2009-2010
      Areas of Focus

      Literary Linguistics, The History and Structure of English, Poetics, and Medieval Literature

      Selected Presentations
      • “Translating the Feminine in Anglo-Saxon Literature,” Liberating Voices: Negotiating the
        Challenges of Representing the Other. Belmont Humanities Symposium, September 2011.
      • “Sound, Play, and Poetics in the History of English,” Creativity and Invention in Teaching,
        5th Annual Teaching Center Symposium. Belmont University, August 2011.
      • “The Development of Form & Genre in 15th & 16th Century Alliterative Verse,” International
        Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2011.
      • “Voice and Performance in Anglo-Saxon Poetry,” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, Voice, Gesture,
        Memory, and Performance in Medieval Texts, Culture, and Art. April 2011.
      • “The Metrical Imagination,” The Marco Manuscript Workshop. Department of English,
        University of Tennessee, February 2011.
      • “The Riddle of Reading Runes & Intertextuality in the Franks Casket,” God is in the Details:
        A Reflection on Methodology in the Humanities. Università degli Studi di Milano,
        June 2010.
      Current Projects
      • Dr Ecke is currently revising his recent presentations on runic interpretation, alliterative style, and the transmission of the feminine in Anglo-Saxon literature for publication. He is also working on a metrical treatise and an anthology of alliterative verse that will trace the formal and cultural lineage of the alliterative tradition from Old to Modern English, with particular attention to historical, national, and dialectical innovations.

      Nicole SeymourNicole Seymour, PhD

      Educational Background

      PhD, Vanderbilt University
      MA, Vanderbilt University
      BA, University of California at Los Angeles

      Areas of Focus

      Modern American and British Literature, Environmental Studies, Queer Theory, Gender and Women’s Studies, Film Studies, Social Justice

      Selected Publications
      • ‘It’s Just Not Turning Up’: Cinematic Vision and Environmental Justice in Todd Haynes’ Safe.” Cinema Journal 50.4 (2011): 26-47.
      • “Somatic Syntax: Replotting the Developmental Narrative in Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding.” Studies in the Novel 41.3 (Fall 2009): 293-313.
      • Strange Natures: The Ecological Imagination of Contemporary Queer Fictions (book manuscript).
      • “Irony and Contemporary Ecocinema: Theorizing a New Affective Paradigm.” Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology and Film. Ed. Alexa Weik von Mossner. Forthcoming from Wilfred Laurier UP.

      Laura Barrio-VilarLaura Barrio-Vilar, PhD

      Educational Background

      PhD, University of Kentucky
      MA, University of Kentucky
      BA, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

      Areas of Focus

      African-American Literature, Ethnic Literature, Post-colonial Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies

      Selected Publications
      • “Racial Uplift Ideology and Black Womanhood in Frances Harper’s Serialized Novels.” Popular Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Literary Marketplace. Eds. Earl Yarington and Mary De Jong. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2007. 405-31.
      • “Getting a Taste of the Other: The Eighteenth-Century British Novel as the Epitome of Masquerade.” Cultura, Lenguaje y Representación / Culture, Language and Representation 1 (May 2004): 55-67.
      • “Narrating the African Self in the Late Eighteenth Century: Issues of Voice, Authority, and Identity in Gronniosaw’s 1770 Narrative.” Journal of Kentucky Studies 20 (September 2003): 117-22.
      • “Narrating the Slave Self in the Americas: Issues of Authority, Voice, and Identity in Cuban Narratives of Slavery.” Journal of Caribbean Studies 17.1-2 (Summer-Fall 2002): 33-50.

      Nickole BrownNickole Brown, MFA

      Educational Background

      MFA, Vermont College of the Fine Arts
      English Speaking Union Scholar, Oxford University
      BA, summa cum laude, English, University of Louisville

      Areas of Focus

      Creative Writing, Poetry Writing, Form and Theory of Poetry

      • National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship
      • The 2010 Orlando Prize for Poetry from A Room of Her Own Foundation
      • Three Artist Enrichment Grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women
      • Al Smith Individual Artist Support Grant
      • Individual Artist Professional Development Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council
      • 2008 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist
      Selected Publications
      • A Book of Birds: Poems (manuscript in progress)
      • Sister: A Novel-in-Poems (Red Hen Press, 2007)
      • All of Us, by Elisabeth Frost (The Marie Alexander Poetry Series of White Pine Press, 2011)
      • Angles of Approach, by Holly Iglesias (The Marie Alexander Poetry Series of White Pine Press, 2010)
      • Cut Away: A Novel, by Catherine Kirkwood (Arktoi Books of Red Hen Press, 2010)
      • Air Fare: Stories, Poems & Essays on Flight (Sarabande Books, 2004)

      Kris McAbeeKris McAbee, PhD

      Educational Background

      PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara
      MA, New York University
      BS, Vanderbilt University

      Areas of Focus

      Renaissance British Literature, Print History, Digital Humanities

      Selected Publications
      • “‘No public glory vainly I pursue’: The Paradox of Printing Sonneteers.” Early Modern Culture 8 (2010)
      • “Vexed Impressions: Towards a Digital Archive of Broadside Ballad Illustrations” (with Patricia Fumerton) in New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 3 (ITER, 2011): 259-87.
      • “Broadside Ballads” in The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (Blackwell, 2011): 104-08.
      • “Love Pleasant” and “Humours, Frollicks, etc.” in Broadside Ballads from the Pepys Collection. Forthcoming from ACMRS.
      Updated 8.26.2013