Faculty News

Faculty Publications

Choke Box - Milletti book.

Christina Milletti, Choke Box: A Fem-Noir, When Edward Tamlin disappears while writing his memoir, Jane Tamlin (his wife and the mother of his young children) begins to write a secret, corrective “counter-memoir” of her own. Calling the book Choke Box, she reveals intimate, often irreverent, details about her family and marriage, rejecting―and occasionally celebrating―her suspected role in her husband’s disappearance. University of Massachusetts Press, February, 2019. 

Maxwell, Jason - The Two Cultures of English.

Jason Maxwell, The Two Cultures of English, examines the discipline of English in North American universities in the late twentieth and early twentyfirst centuries with special attention directed toward the relationship between Rhetoric and Composition and literary theory. Fordham University Press, February, 2019. 

Faculty On The Move

Rachel Ablow has been named Humanities Director, College of Arts and Sciences

Cristanne Miller has been named Director of Arts Management

Christina Milletti has been named Executive Director of the Humanities Institute

Faculty Awards

Rachel Ablow’s VLC: Victorian Literature and Culture has been awarded honorable mention for Best Special Issue of 2018 from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for our inaugural Keywords issue (46.3/4). More information about the issue is at: www.victorianlitandcult.org and at www.cambridge.org/core/journals/victorian-literature-and-culture

Congratulations to Charles Bernstein on winning the 2019 Bollingen Prize for Poetry!! recognition of his book Near/Miss, and also our longtime advisory board member.

Congratulations to Jody Kleinberg Biehl and the entire staff of @UBSpectrum on being chosen as a finalist in the Best All Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category in the Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards!

The MLA has awarded Jerold C. Frakes the Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies for Early Yiddish Epic (Syracuse Univ. Press, 2014). The award will be presented at this year’s MLA Conference.

Bruce Jackson and Tanya Shilina-Conte will have their upcoming collaboration, Yevtushenko in Buffalo, published by BlazeVox, with text by Tanya and Bruce, and photographs by Bruce of YY at UB, the Albright-Knox, Kleinhans, Rue Franklin, and Silo City.

Congratulations to Cris Miller and Walt Hakala for receiving OVPRED/HI Research Awards. Cris and Jessica Clemons were also awarded a President’s Circle Award to construct a Digital Scholarship Studio on the second floor of Lockwood. This application was supported by CAS and the School of Education as well as by the Libraries.

David Schmid has received UB’s Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring. This is an extraordinary and well-deserved achievement.

Books written by faculty.

Emeritus News

Bob Daly, who retired in 2019 writes... Mom did not like her retirement, and she was the brightest of our large and crafty family (I came in right after Dusty, our final pooch), so I approached my retirement with a ramshackle version of the hesitation waltz. But this life is grand, with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves (a childhood dream), continued scribbling and publishing (a sobering commentary on the decline of standards), and a splendid off-season vacation on the Outer Banks (good weather, high-rolling ocean, no crowds). Best of all, with kids and grandkids less than a mile away, and cuddly southerners everywhere, we are awash in hugs. Please feel free to drop us a line at rdaly@buffalo.edu or 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Apt. 248, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1493. And if you’re ever in Chapel Hill, visit the Duke Chapel (heaven on earth, spiced with ironies). Turns out shekinah is feminine gender (not dispositive, but worth a thought). So treat women well, old fellows: we may be in for a surprise. Sharon and I hope to see you at NeMLA in Boston next March, and should you wish to hug us, we think we can stand it. We’re getting lots of practice. Amor omnibus, Bob Daly

Welcome Our New Faculty

Maxwell, Jason.

Jason Maxwell is an Assistant Professor of English starting Fall 2019, after having been Clinical Assistant Professor of English in the department for the past two years. He received his PhD from Penn State in 2014 and his book, The Two Cultures of English, appeared from Fordham University Press in early 2019. He is beginning work on a new book concerning the status of curating in contemporary American popular culture. 

Morris Johnson.

Nicole M. Morris Johnson joined the UB English department in Fall of 2019 as an Assistant Professor. Professor Morris Johnson received her PhD in English from Emory University in 2018. Through both her research and teaching, Morris Johnson interrogates the nexus of race, gender, class, and theory, and the impact that this has upon artistic expression. She has articles published or forthcoming in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, and South Atlantic Review, and her work also appears in The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance. Her current book project, The South in Her: Black Women, Creolization, Performance, examines the ways that Afro-creole performance impacted Black women’s artistic production during the 20th century. Morris Johnson has also spent time in the theater and dance worlds, and she most recently explored the intersections of the arts and academia through her multi-genre performance company AMMA: An Experiment in Movement and Sound.

Miriam Thaggert is originally from Louisiana and joined the UB English department this fall as an Associate Professor. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Harvard College and her PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Thaggert’s research and teaching interests include African American literature and culture, Black visual culture, gender and sexuality studies, mobility and travel studies, and archival studies. Her first book, Images of Black Modernism: Verbal and Visual Strategies’ of the Harlem Renaissance  (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010) studied the development of African American modernism and the intersections between text, image, and the body in African American literature and culture. Her second book, currently titled Riding Jane Crow, is a literary and social history of African American women’s experiences on the American railroad in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The book reveals a neglected social and gender history of the American train and train car, as well as the cultural impact of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century railroad on Americans’ perception of race, gender, class and nationality. The book has been informed by archival research conducted throughout the U.S. and has been supported by competitive national fellowships at the Newberry Library and the Virginia Humanities. In addition, she is co-editing two volumes on the Harlem Renaissance period. Other writings have appeared in African American Review, American Literary History, American Quarterly, Feminist Modernist Studies, and Meridians. Outside the classroom, she enjoys photography, painting, and just started classes in beginning woodworking.

New Clinical Faculty

Jamie Barber, Clinical Assistant Professor, holds an MFA from Penn State and has a wealth of experience in the teaching of writing at a variety of levels, gained at Penn State, Rutgers, and the University of New Hampshire. Her degree emphasis and most of her publications are in creative non fiction, but she is also a published poet and fiction author. 

Kellie Sharp, Clinical Assistant Professor, received her PhD from UB this past spring. Kellie’s research is on women’s experimental writing. She has extensive teaching experience at UB, at various levels and in our department and beyond. 

Andrew Burgess, Clinical Assistant Professor, holds a PhD from Florida State in Rhetoric and Composition. He also has a vast array of teaching experience, most recently at Buff State, and before that at the University of Hawai’i- West O’ahu, and Florida State. His research focuses on music performance as a communicative act, and analyzes the relevance of music for understanding a range of composition practices.