Twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture
Samuel Cohen teaches courses in twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature. He is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s (University of Iowa Press, 2009), coeditor of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace (University of Iowa Press, 2012) and The Clash Takes on the World: Transnational Perspectives on The Only Band That Matters, co-edited with James Peacock (Bloomsbury, 2017), and Series Editor of The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture. He is also author of 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology, fifth edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2016) and coauthor of a literature anthology, Literature: The Human Experience, twelfth edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015). He has received the Director of Graduate Studies Outstanding Contribution Award, the Gold Chalk Award from the Graduate Professional Council, the Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, the English Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, and the Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award.
Katherine Ackley earned a Master's degree in English from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in English from Ball State University. She taught at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point from 1979 to 2002. In addition to teaching in the English Department, she was coordinator of the Women's Studies Program for 10 years and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies for five years. Her research interests center on women in literature, with emphasis on literary representations of women's issues and, more recently, British crime writers. Her books include THE NOVELS OF BARBARA PYM (1989), WOMEN AND VIOLENCE IN LITERATURE: AN ESSAY COLLECTION (1990), MISOGYNY IN LITERATURE: AN ESSAY COLLECTION (1992), ESSAYS FROM CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (2004, 5th Edition), and PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (2015, 7th Edition). She has published dozens of articles and has received more than 20 grants for research and development. In 1992, she became the first woman to receive the UWSP University Scholar Award.