Welcome to the Spring 2024 semester! I hope everyone had a restful, rejuvenating break. Please be sure to let me know if you have achievements or accomplishments to share! 


Submitting syllabi and office hours: If you haven’t already, please send your syllabi and office hours to Vanessa Mendoza.

English Department Canvas Majors and Minors Page:  Please encourage your students to join the English Department’s Canvas English Majors and Minors Page, in which they can self-enroll by following this link. Please also consider joining yourself to receive the updates and information that our students receive.


Professor Irene Clark received a Campus Initiative Fund Award titled “Literacy Narratives and Current Multicultural Perspectives,” The award involves analyzing two databases of literacy narratives written during two different time periods, during the 1990s and in Fall 2023, for which participants can earn $20 per hour. Please contact Irene if you are interested in joining this project ( 

CSUN English undergraduate Maria Dunlap won the 2023 Margaret Atwood Society award for Best Undergraduate essay. Dunlap wrote her essay, “Through Double Doors, in Professor Amanda Harrison’s fall Engl 355 course. Wonderful work!

Congratulations to Project Director Danielle Spratt and Co-Project Director Heidi Schumacher for their awarded $150,000 NEH Grant for Blank Spaces in the Library Archives! Spratt and Schumacher, along with Co-Project Directors Melisa C. Galván and Nicole Shibata, will work on this two-year initiative to develop an archival project involving students and the surrounding community.

Professor Colleen Tripp has a forthcoming article in Nineteenth-Century Studies (the journal of the association of Nineteenth-Century Studies). Her article, “Ornamentalism and Spectacle Ethnography in Sui Sin Far’s Mrs. Spring Fragrance,” close reads the book arts and stories of one of the first North American Chinese authors, Sui Sin Far, through the lens of Anne Cheng’s theory of global ornamentalism. 

Professor Brandy Underwood has been elected to the executive committee of MELUS, the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. She will serve as the committee’s Project Chair from 2024 to 2027. You can learn more about MELUS at