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09-22-2015

Propst Appointed Assistant Professor of Literature at Clarkson University

Lisa Propst has been appointed assistant professor of literature at Clarkson University.

Lisa PropstShe received her bachelor of arts degree in English literature and classics from McGill University, earning first class joint honors. She received her master of philosophy in English literature from 1880 to the present day and her Ph.D. in English literature, both from the University of Oxford.

Her general research interests lie in the areas of 20th/21st century British literature, postcolonial literature, memory studies, peace and conflict studies, and women’s writing.

She is working on two major projects. The first is a study of contemporary British novelist and historian Marina Warner, focused on how she challenges means of “giving voice” that displace authority from their subjects. The second project, also on the ways that recovering stories of silencing can both combat and reproduce dispossessions, addresses fiction about reconciliation after political conflict.

Propst has been a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson since 2013. Before that, she was a limited-term assistant professor for six years in the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia.

She has written articles about literature, humanities, and teaching for professional journals, and has made numerous presentations at literary seminars. In March, she was panel chair for “Giving Voice, Appropriating Voices: Representing the Singularity of Suffering” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Toronto.

In 2010, she received the Martha Saunders Excellence in Teaching First Year Writing Award from the Department of English, University of West Georgia. While at McGill, she received numerous academic honors.

Her professional affiliations include the: Modern Language Association, Northeast Modern Language Association, Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, and United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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