News Archive

2021 - 2022

Esther Schor: 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship
Professor Esther Schor receives 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship Posted April 8, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Esther Schor, chair of the Humanities Council and the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professor of American Jewish Studies and Professor of English on receiving the 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of intellectual and cultural history.

Students and Faculty work with ink & movement: Col(LAB) 3:0 Self -Portraiture: Autobiography and its Discontents
Cameron Lee '22 "Inking Movements into Moments for Col(LAB) 3.0" Posted March 8, 2022

Senior concentrator, Cameron Lee '22, penned the article, Inking Movements into Moments for Col(LAB) 3.0, sharing her experience as a participant with the Col(LAB) 3.0: (Collective) Self-Portraiture: Autobiography and its Discontents led by two New York-based dance artists, Yin Mei, an internationally-renowned dancer and choreographer originally from China, and Dahlia/Dixon Li, an artist, writer, scholar, and Princeton English department alumna.

Leo Bersani
The Messy Humanity of Leo Bersani Posted March 8, 2022 Two friends and colleagues remember the late Leo Bersani.
Nobel Prize winner Maria Ressa '86 receives Woodrow Wilson Award on Alumni Day Posted February 21, 2022

Ressa, a member of the Class of 1986 who received her bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate in the program in theater and dance, received the Woodrow Wilson Award. This award was presented on Alumni Day, held on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022.  

The Next Chapter 2022: Career Conversations with Princeton English Alumni Posted February 16, 2022

An English Alumni panel to share how majoring in English shaped their career experiences in theatre, tech, medicine, finance, marketing, publishing, and library science. Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.  

Conference poster: The Netherlands: Culture and Global History. 1500 - 1700
The Netherlands: Culture and Global History. 1500 - 1700 Posted February 4, 2022 An interdisciplinary conference exploring the place of the Netherlands and its culture in the later 16th and 17th centuries as it began to exert influence across the globe and as it acted as a distinctive conduit for the transmission of American, African and Asian elements back into Europe.
Honoring bell hooks:   Reflections on her pedagogical legacy
Assistant Professors Monica Huerta, Paul Nadal, and Autumn Womack speak on the legacy of bell hooks Posted February 1, 2022 An Inclusive Teaching at Princeton event: Honoring bell hooks: Reflections on her pedagogical legacy
Joshua Bennett, MLA Award
MLA's William Sanders Scarborough Prize awarded to PhD alum, Joshua Bennett Posted December 7, 2021

The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its twentieth annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize to Joshua Bennett, department alum and professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College, for his book Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man, published by Harvard University Press.

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Paul Nadal - American Literature Society Award
Assistant Professor Paul Nadal awarded the 1921 Prize for Best Essay in American Literature from the American Literature Society Posted December 1, 2021

The Advisory Council of the American Literature Society has awarded the 1921 Prize to Professor Paul Nadal for his essay, "Cold War Remittance Economy: US Creative Writing and the Importation of New Criticism into the Philippines,” in American Quarterly. The 1921 Prize is awarded annually for "the best article in any field of American literature."

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Department publishes 2020-2021 Annual Report Posted November 16, 2021

The department has published its 2020 - 2021 Annual Report.  Click the link to read the online publication: 

Department of English Annual Report 2020 - 2021

Marvelous Extinctions: Melville on Animal Suffering
Marvelous Extinctions: Melville on Animal Suffering Posted November 16, 2021

Branka Arsić: Class of 1932 Long-Term Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University

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Indigenous Studies: A Conversation with Robbie Richardson Posted October 25, 2021

Robbie Richardson, a member of Pabineau First Nation (Mi’kmaw) in New Brunswick, Canada, and an assistant professor of English at Princeton University, specializes in 18th-century British and transatlantic literature and culture. His research into interactions between Indigenous and European cultures connects interests in Indigenous studies, art and material culture, the history of museums and collecting, and the literature of empire.

Maria Ressa '86 - English Major - Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Journalist and English Major, Maria Ressa '86, Awarded Nobel Peace Prize Posted October 12, 2021

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, for their longstanding efforts to safeguard freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.

15th Annual Humanities Colloquium Panel
Scholars Delve Into “Humanities and Mobility” During 15th Annual Humanities Colloquium Posted October 1, 2021 “Humanities and Mobility" - Wendy Laura Belcher, João Biehl, Zahid Chaudhary, and Judith Hamera spoke at the second online Colloquium.
"Magical Habits" by Monica Huerta
New York Times names Magical Habits “striking debut" Posted August 26, 2021 Monica Huerta is Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Princeton University. In Magical Habits, she draws on her experiences growing up in her family’s Mexican restaurants and her life as an academic to sketch out habits of living that allow us to consider what it means to live with history as we are caught up in it and how those histories bear on our capacities to make sense of our lives.
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Schor named chair of the Humanities Council Posted August 26, 2021

Esther “Starry” Schor, the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professor of American Jewish Studies and professor of English, has been appointed chair of Princeton University’s Humanities Council. She is also director of the Program in Humanistic Studies and the Stewart Seminars in Religion and serves on the Executive Committee of the Program in Judaic Studies.

Silma Berrada - Co-winner: Wood Legacy Prize
Silma Berrada '22, named co-winner of the George B. Wood Legacy Junior Prize for the Class of 2022. Posted August 25, 2021 Senior concentrator, Silma Berrada, has been named co-winner of the George B. Wood Legacy Junior Prize for the Class of 2022. This prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate in the senior class in recognition of their exceptional academic achievement during their junior year at Princeton. Chair of the Department, Simon Gikandi shared, "We are delighted for the honor that you have brought to the English Department!"
Intersections Lecture Series announcement
Announcing the Intersections Lecture Series Posted August 24, 2021

The Intersections Lecture Series this year represents a department wide collaboration to bring to campus scholars whose work on race, difference, and social justice has remapped disciplinary boundaries and redefined how we think about the relationship between critical theory and social activism. 


Austen - Johnson / Tuite library talk
'30 Great Myths About Jane Austen' with Claudia Johnson and Clara Tuite (online) Posted June 21, 2021

Was Jane Austen the best-selling novelist of her time? Are all her novels romances? Did they depict the traditional world of the aristocracy? Is Austen’s writing easy to understand? Well into the 21st century, Jane Austen continues to be one of the most compelling novelists in all English literature. Authors Claudia L. Johnson and Clara Tuite joins us to discuss the accepted beliefs ― both true and untrue ―that have most influenced our readings of Austen. 

See further information here.

Gene Andrew Jarrett
Gene Andrew Jarrett, English Department alum, named Princeton's next Dean of the Faculty Posted May 27, 2021 Gene Andrew Jarrett, the Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science (CAS) and Professor of English at New York University, will become Princeton’s next dean of the faculty.