Donelle Ruwe, PhD
Before joining the faculty at N.A.U. in 2003, Dr. Donelle Ruwe taught at Eastern Illinois University and Fitchburg State College, Massachusetts. Dr. Ruwe received her B.A. in English Education (1986) and an M.A. 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 Ph.D. 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 NAU, such as surveys of British Literature, critical theory, English Education, and Romantic literature.