Literature faculty

Jeff Berglund
Associate Professor, U.S. literature

Office: Bldg 23, Room 319

Jeff Berglund, Associate Professor,holds degrees in English from Creighton University and Washington University, St. Louis and received his PhD in English from Ohio State University with a specialization in U.S. literature.

His book, Cannibal Fictions: American Explorations of Colonialism, Race, Gender, and Sexuality was published in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin Press.  He is the co-editor of the recently published a collection of critical essays on Sherman Alexie from the University of Utah Press (2010). He has published other articles in Studies in American Indian Literature, American Indian Quarterly, Camera Obscura, Studies in American Fiction, Mediating Chicana/o Culture: Multicultural American Vernacular, The Encyclopedia of Native American Literature, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.  A chapter on the Diné band, Blackfire, is included American Indian Performing Arts: Critical Directions (2010),and a chapter on Simon Ortiz’s fiction and a theory of ethical interpretation is included in Spring Wind: Simon J. Ortiz--Poet, Storyteller, Educator, Activist (2009).  He is currently co-editing Indigenous Pop: Contemporary American Indian Music, under contract with the University of Arizona Press.In 2006 he was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for his project “Remembering the Long Walk to Hwééldi: Diné Memorial Histories” which was awarded a commendation for fulfilling the Endowment’s “We the People” initiative.  In 2001 he co-directed the NEH Summer Institute on American Indian Literature for high school teachers.  He has regularly presented papers at the annual conferences of the Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association, the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), the Native American Literature Symposium, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and the Navajo Studies Conference.

Berglund teaches a range of classes including contemporary literature, U.S. literature, southwest literature, American Indian literature, and multi-ethnic literature. He is an affiliate faculty and member of the steering committee for Ethnic Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Applied Indigenous Studies.  In 2008, he was selected as a Presidential Teaching Fellow and an inaugural member of the Teaching Academy at Northern Arizona University.  In 2007, he received the President’s Award, given for “exemplary contributions to the Northern Arizona University mission in at least three categories: creativity in teaching, creative use of technology, advising, assessment, recruitment/retention, collaborative research, diversity and service.”

Monica Brown
Professor, U.S. multi-ethnic literature

Office: LA Bldg 18, Room 107

Monica Brown is a Professor of English, with a specialty in Chicano/a, Latino/a, African-American and U.S. multi-ethnic literature, Women’s Studies and cultural studies. She graduated with a BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1991 and went on to receive an MA in English from Boston College in 1994 and a PhD in English from The Ohio State University in 1998. Her book, Delinquent Citizens: Nation and Identity in Chicano/a and Puerto Rican Gang Narratives, was published in May 2002 with the University of Minnesota Press. She teaches courses in Chicano/a and U.S. Latino/a literature, women’s literature (with an emphasis on literature written by women of color), feminist theory, African-American literature, multicultural pedagogy, and U.S multi-ethnic literature. She serves on the steering committee for the Northern Arizona University Program in Women’s Studies and is an active member of the American Studies Association, MELUS (The Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic Literature), and MLA. As a Latina professor who has benefited from great teacher/mentors, she is committed to mentoring students and has been engaged in this in numerous ways, most recently through her involvement in the Northern Arizona University Pipeline/Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She is also a member of the Commission on Ethnic Diversity and an Ethnic Studies minor adviser.

Jay Farness
Professor, Renaissance literature

Office: LA Bldg 18, Room 102

Jay Farness earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He teaches courses in critical reading and writing, ancient and comparative literature, Shakespeare, Renaissance and Romantic British literature, and literary criticism. He has studied with C.L. Barber, Murray Baumgarten, Harry Berger, Jr., Norman O. Brown, Robert M. Durling, Edward H. Friedman, Mary-Kay Gamel, Stephen Greenblatt, Geoffrey Hartman, H. Marsh Leicester, Jr., Frank Lentricchia, John P. Lynch, and Thomas A. Vogler.  His survey, period, and author courses emphasize literary interpretation as a method for culture history. In 1991, Penn State U. Press published Missing Socrates: Problems of Plato's Writing. A textbook he wrote with Peder Jones—College Writing Skills—is in its fifth edition. He has published essays and reviews on Plato, Cervantes, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Coleridge in PMLA, Philological Quarterly, Arethusa, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Shakespeare Studies, Translation Review, and in other journals and collections.

 Patricia Marchesi
Lecturer, British Literature


Nancy Paxton
Professor, Literature

Office: LA Bldg 18, Room 115C

Nancy L. Paxton earned her BA degree in English from Cornell University and her MA and PhD in English from Rutgers University. She is author of George Eliot and Herbert Spencer: Feminism, Evolutionism and the Reconstruction of Gender (Princeton, 1991), and Writing under the Raj: Gender, Race, and Rape in the British Colonial Imagination, 1830-1947 (Rutgers 1999). She co-edited a collection of essays entitled, Outside Modernism: In Pursuit of the English Novel, 1900-1930 (Palgrave 2000) with Lynne Hapgood, and has published journal articles on Olive Schreiner, Flora Annie Steel, Maud Diver, Rudyard Kipling, Rebecca West, and Virginia Woolf. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University, at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, and the Davis Humanities Center. She regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, women's writing in English, colonial and post-colonial Anglo-phone literatures, and feminist and queer theory. She is currently working on a comparative study of censorship which will be called Books Travel: Literary Censorship in the Global Marketplace of the 1920s.

Mara Reisman
Assistant Professor, British Literature

Office: LA Bldg 18, Room 115E

PhD, (University of Connecticut, 2006)
Special Interests: Women's literature

Karen Renner
Lecturer, American Literature
PhD, University of Connecticut, 2010

Bio: Karen Renner's research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literature, popular culture, film (especially horror), and fiction and non-fiction writing. Her dissertation Perverse Subjects: Drunks, Gamblers, Prostitutes, and Murderers in Antebellum America examines the intersections between reform texts and popular antebellum fiction; an excerpted chapter "Seduction, Prostitution, and the Control of Female Desire in Popular Antebellum Fiction” appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature in 2010. Currently, Renner is at work on a second book project tentatively titled Bad Seeds and Injured Innocents: Evil Children in the Contemporary Imagination, and she also recently guest-edited a double special issue on the topic for LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, to which she contributed two introductions: "Evil Children: Notes Toward a Genealogy" and "Evil Children: Notes Toward a Taxonomy."

Steven Rosendale
Professor, 20th Century American literature, Ecocriticism

Office: LA Bldg 18, Room 128

Steven Rosendale has been with Northern Arizona University since 1997. He holds a PhD in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University. Rosendale is editor (with Laura Gray-Rosendale) of Radical Relevance: Essays Toward a Scholarship of a “Whole Left” (SUNY Press, 2005), Dictionary of Literary Biography 303: American Radical and Reform Writers (Gale, 2004), The Greening of Literary Scholarship: Literature, Theory and the Environment (U Iowa Press, 2002), and author (with the Political Moments Study Group) of Political Moments in the Classroom: Embodying Difference (Boynton/Cook, 1997). His other publications include essays on radical American writers Upton Sinclair, Jack London, Granville Hicks, and John Reed. An Americanist with interests in literary theory, naturalism, and modernism, Rosendale’s research focuses upon the political and ecological implications of 20th century American culture. His current writing projects include a monograph titled City Wilderness: US Radical Fiction and the Literary History of Social Justice Environmentalism, which offers the first account of the historical and ideological links between left literary culture and environmentalism in the United States.

Donelle Ruwe
Associate Professor, Literature, English Education

Office: LA Bldg 18 Room 102

Before joining the faculty at Northern Arizona University in 2003, Dr. Donelle Ruwe taught at Eastern Illinois University and Fitchburg State College, Massachusetts. Dr. Ruwe received her BA in English Education (1986) and an MA in English-Creative Writing (1990) from Boise State University. After teaching junior high school in Idaho for several years, she attended the University of Notre Dame and completed a PhD in Romantic era literature in 1996. Her current research project, a study of British women poets who authored children’s literature in the Romantic period (1780-1830), combines her lifelong interests in poetry, gender studies, Romantic-era literature and pedagogy. She is a founding member of the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writer’s Association and is very active in the Children’s Literature Association. She has edited a collection of essays for the Children’s Literature Association, Culturing the Child 1660-1830: Essays in Memory of Mitzi Myers (Scarecrow Press 2005) and has published numerous scholarly articles on Romantic poetics, Native American literature, and children’s writing. She has received research awards including a National Humanities Center Summer Program Fellowship (2004), the RMMLA Faculty Travel Award (2004), the Fleur Cowles Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Research Center (2003), and an Ahmanson Fellowship from U.C.L.A (1999). Ruwe is also a published poet, and her chapbook Condiments won the Kinloch Rivers Award in 1999 and her chapbook Another Message You Miss the Point Of won the Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Prize in 2006. One of her poems, a retelling of the Scheherezade story from The 1001 Arabian Nights, was published in the 2001 Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthology. Ruwe teaches a variety of courses at Northern Arizona University, such as surveys of British Literature, critical theory, English Education, and Romantic literature.

Anne Scott
Professor, Chaucer and the Middle Ages, Native American Literature

Office: LA Bldg 18, Room 329 or COW (Bldg 38) 102

Anne Scott received her BA in English (honors) from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1981, and her PhD in English and American Literature from Brown University in 1988 (with student exchange positions at Harvard University and Emmanuel College, Cambridge University). Her teaching and research specialties are in the areas of medieval literature and Native American literature. Her publications, among others, include essays on Chaucer, saints' legends, Middle English romance, and Native American myths and legends. She is currently co-editing a volume of essays on the subject of "fear and its representations in the Middle Ages and Renaissance." At the undergraduate level, she has taught, and continues to teach, courses in the survey of British literature (800AD to 1750AD), Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, literature of American minorities (Native American emphasis), the genre and comparative literature (multi-ethnic focus). She also teaches in the Honors program. At the graduate level, she teaches Chaucer (early and late works) and will soon be offering a new class in Native American literature. Her areas of interest include medieval literature (religious literature, the fabliau, the breton lai, the romance), Native American literature (myths, legends, testimony, autobiography, novels, orations, contemporary poetry), oral-traditional literature and mentalities, paleography, multi-ethnic literature (including African American and Latino/a authors), and gender studies. Affiliations: Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA), the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS). Dr. Scott has been with Northern Arizona University since 1992.