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New Members for 2012-13!

We are delighted to welcome the following new members of the Department in AY 2012-13!

Christine Montgomery is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English at Santa Clara University. Transnational in approach, her research and teaching explore discourses of race, gender, performativity, and freedom in nineteenth-and twentieth-century American and African-American literature along with contemporary Anglophone Caribbean literature. Christine earned the PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz and the BA in English at Santa Clara University. Courses taught include The Harlem Renaissance, Slavery and the Literary Imagination, and Contemporary Black Women Writers.

Her current book project Arna Bontemps and the Neo-Slave Narrative: Comparative Freedom, Temporality, and Slave Revolt, argues for a revisionist periodization of neo-slave literature as well as a reorientation away from a US-based literary history that has been dominated by the mode of realism and toward a more comparative view defined by the geography and history of the Caribbean.

Hanna Janiszewska is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Stanford University, where she has also taught writing and rhetoric courses for the past couple of years. She has an M.Phil in British Literature from Cambridge University and a B.A. in English from Yale. Her research focuses on the ways that thinking through and about literature both shapes and enables life. This year Hanna joins us to teach full-time, primarily teaching Critical Thinking and Writing courses.

Roxanne Rashedi has recently taught Composition and Writing courses at De Anza Community College. She has an M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English from the University of California Berkeley, where she was a graduate of the English Honors Program. At Georgetown University, Roxanne was appointed as the Graduate Writing Fellow at the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship and she was also a Lannan Literary Arts Fellow and a teaching assistant in the Department of American Studies. Recently, her work has appeared in the Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies Journal, UCLA's eScholarship Repository Project, and an excerpt of her M.A. thesis will be published in the next issue of MP: An Online Feminist Journal. Roxanne is currently working on a collection of short stories. This year she joins us to teach full-time Critical Thinking and Writing courses at Santa Clara University.

Loring Pfeiffer is a Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer who teaches Critical Thinking and Writing. She is a doctoral candidate in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh, from which she also holds an M.A. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Loring has taught Composition and Literature courses at the University of Pittsburgh and San Francisco State University. This year she joins us to teach Critical Thinking and Writing Class part-time.

John O. Espinoza is a Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer who will teach Critical Thinking and Writing 1 & 2 full time thi year. He has previously taught rhetoric & composition, American & world literature, and poetry workshops at Arizona State University in Tempe and at The National Hispanic University in San Jose, CA. John holds a B.A. in both creative writing and sociology from the University of California, Riverside and an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, where he was a recipient of a 2002 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a grant for emerging writers from The Elizabeth George Foundation. He has published three volumes of poetry including Gardeners of Eden (2000), Aluminum Times (2002), winner of the 2001 Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest, and most recently, The Date Fruit Elegies (2008), a finalist for the 2009 Northern California Book Award in Poetry. His poetry has been published in literary journals such as The American Poetry Review, New Letters, Quarterly West, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA, as well as several anthologies such as  Under the Fifth Sun: Latino Literature from California (Foreword by Juan Velasco) and Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California. Currently, John is the poetry editor of NewBorder: Criticism and Creation from the U.S./Mexico Border and the staff book reviewer for The Packinghouse Review. Originally from Southern California, he now resides in San Jose with his wife.

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