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Dr. Amy Doherty Mohr

CURRENT POSITION

Academic Associate, Lecturer in American Literature, Amerika Insitut, LMU-Munich. 2009-present.
     Responsibilities include teaching 8 SWS/credit hours per semester for the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, advising theses and independent study projects.

TutorPlus, 4. Kohort, 2015-2017.
     Designed peer writing tutor training program for Writing Center based on collaborative, interdisciplinary workshops, observations, and evaluations.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English, Tufts University, 1999.

     Doherty, Amy. “Reading American Self-Fashioning: Cosmopolitanism in the Fiction of María Cristina Mena, Willa Cather, and Nella Larsen.” Diss. Tufts University, 1999. Ann Arbor: UMI, 1999.

M.A., English, Brown University, 1994.

B.A., English and Spanish, Bates College, Lewiston, ME. 1990.
High Honors in English for B.A. thesis.
Junior Semester Abroad: Madrid, Spain (New York University).

POSITIONS HELD

Lecturer, Literature, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001-09.

English Department Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.

Instructor, English Department, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1998-99.

Lecturer, Women’s Studies Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Fall 1997.

Lecturer, English Composition Board; Tutor, Writing Workshop (Sweetland Center for Writing), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1995-97.

PUBLICATIONS

Recovery Scholarship

Doherty, Amy, editor. The Collected Stories of María Cristina Mena. Arte Público Press, 1997, pp. vii-l.

María Cristina Mena was the first Mexican-American woman to publish short fiction in major literary magazines in the U.S. (1913-1931). A research grant from the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, University of Houston, supported the recovery of the fiction and my critical introduction to this collection. Mena's work, with my biographical headnote and teaching recommendations, appeared in the most recent edition of The Heath Anthology of American Literature, edited by Paul Lauter et al., 7th ed., vol. D. Cengage, 2014, pp. 1599-1624.

Critical Articles

“Transnational Reflections: The Archive and Short Fiction of María Cristina Mena.” Inter-American Flows: Transnational Imaginaries and Impacts, edited by Josef Raab and Alexia Schemien, Inter-American Studies/Estudios Interamericanos, vol. 15, Bilingual Press, 2017. (Accepted and forthcoming)

“Over There: Willa Cather’s Mobilization of Domestic Spaces in One of Ours.” American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture, edited by Klaus Lösch, Heike Paul, and Meike Zwingenberger, Bavarian America Academy Series, Winter Universitätsverlag, 2016.

“The Meaning of Mobility in Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.” Willa Cather Newsletter & Review, vol. 58, no. 1, 2015, pp. 9-16.

“Down the River, Out to Sea: Mobility, Immobility, and Creole Identity in New Orleans Regionalist Fiction (1880-1910).” European Journal of American Studies, Special Issue: Transnational Approaches to North American Regionalism, vol. 9, no. 3, 2014, ejas.revues.org/10412.

“Teaching Cather in Munich, Germany.” Teaching Cather, vol. 10, no. 1, Summer 2014, pp. 4-20.

“María Cristina Mena (1893-1965).” Headnote; Recommendations for Instructor’s Guide. Heath Anthology of American Literature, edited by Paul Lauter et al., 7th ed., vol. D, Cengage, 2014, pp. 1599-1624.

“María Cristina Mena Chambers.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature, edited by Nicolas Kanellos, vol. 2, Greenwood, 2008, pp. 758-61.

Finding Aid: The Maria Cristina Mena Chambers Papers. Wrote formal documentation of extensive archive of personal papers for the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, University of Houston, 2006.

“Redefining the Borders of Local Color Fiction: María Cristina Mena’s Short Fiction in The Century Magazine.” “The Only Efficient Instrument”: American Women Writers and the Periodical, 1837-1916, edited by Aleta Feinsod Cane and Susan Alves, University of Iowa P, 2001, pp. 165-78.

“Representing Mexico: María Cristina Mena’s Short Fiction in The Century Magazine, 1913-1916.” Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Volume III, edited by María Herrera-Sobek and Virginia Sánchez-Korrol, Arte Público Press, 1999, pp. 92-102.

PRESENTATIONS

American Literature and Culture

“Revision and Race: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman.” Fulbright Lecture Series 2016. Department of English and American Studies, LMU Munich, 22 June 2016.

“Walking the Line: Rights and the Reader.” US Rights in Education. 63. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA) / Annual Convention of the German Association for American Studies, Osnabrück, Germany. 21 May 2016.

“The Spirit of the Archive: The Significance of the María Cristina Mena Chambers Papers.” The Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. Special Collections, University of Houston. 22 Apr. 2015. Invited Skype Presentation.

ERASMUS Faculty Exchange. Lectures on Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; "Mobility, Immobility and Creole Identity in New Orleans Regionalist Fiction: George Washington Cable's The Grandissimes"; Presentation to EMMA Research Group: Writing the Color Line in New Orleans Regionalist Fiction: Grace King's "The Little Convent Girl" and Alice Dunbar Nelson's "The Stones of the Village." Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier, France. 30 Mar.-7 Apr. 2015.

“Germany’s Presence and Absence in Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark and One of Ours.” Cather in Europe / Europe in Cather. Symposium in Rome. Centro Studi Americani, Rome. Willa Cather Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 12-14 June 2014.

“Expatriation and Anti-Modernism in Willa Cather’s One of Ours.” Cultural Immobility: Place and the Tradition of an Anti-Modern Modernism. Research Symposium, Amerika-Institut. Director: Professor Klaus Benesch. San Servolo, Venice. 12-16 May 2014.

“Transnational Perspectives/Domestic Spaces in Women’s Fiction of the U.S/Early Twentieth Century to the Present.” Tagung, LMUMentoring Program. Kloster Seeon. 9-10 Nov. 2013.

“Imagining the West in Twentieth-Century Fiction: Land, the Environment, and the American Dream.” Rural America. 60. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA) / Annual Convention of the German Association for American Studies. Mainz, Germany. FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. 31 May 2013.

“Disrupted Domestic Spaces: Regionalism and Transnationalism in Willa Cather’s One of Ours.” American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture. BAA Summer Academy. Munich and Nuremberg, Germany. 29 May 2013.

ERASMUS Faculty Exchange. Seminars in American Literature: Kate Chopin’s “The Storm”; Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. University of Tours, France. 1-5 April 2013.

“The Tangled Web of Story and Identity: Henry Louis Gates’s Faces of America and Louise Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves.” American Lives. 59. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA) / Annual Convention of the German Association for American Studies. Mainz, Germany. 2 June 2012.

“Zora Neale Hurston: An American Classic.” Guest Lecture for “American Classics: Literature, Film, Theory” course. Professor Klaus Benesch. 7 December 2011.

“Public and Private Legacies: María Cristina Mena’s Short Fiction (1913-1916) and Archive.” Transnational Americas: Difference, Belonging, Identitarian Spaces. Bi-Annual Conference of the International Association of Inter-American Studies (IAS). Essen, Germany. 12 November 2010.

“Women Crossing Borders in Regionalist Fiction: Mexico and ‘Local Color,’ 1910-1940.” Gender in English and American Studies Lecture Series. Amerika-Institut, Institut für Englische Philologie. LMU-Munich. 14 July 2010.

“’The Only Commensurate Answer’: Modernism and Lack of Closure in Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark.” 2009 International Cather Seminar: Cather, Chicago, and Modernism. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation. University Center, Chicago, IL. 27 June 2009.

“New Media and My Ántonia: Literary Analysis in the Twenty-first Century,” English Articulation Conference. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Alice Campbell Alumni Center, UIUC, Urbana IL. 16-17 April 2008.

“The María Cristina Mena Chambers Papers: The Archive as Legacy, Private and Public.” Making Common Ground: Western History Association / Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project Conference. St. Louis, MO. 14 October 2006.

“Writing The World through the Parish: Cosmopolitanism and Regionalism in Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs.” American Literature Association Conference. Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA. 26 May 2006.

“Teaching After Katrina: Sharing Experiences.” English Articulation Conference. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Allerton House, Monticello IL. 10-12 April 2006.

“Race and Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in the Multicultural Classroom.” English Articulation Conference. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Allerton House, April 25-27, 2001. I also presented a version of this talk at the teaching orientation for graduate students and adjunct faculty in the Department of English, Fall 2001.

“Cosmopolitanism as Racial and Cultural Border-Crossing in The Song of the Lark.” Many Wests / Many Traditions. Western Literature Association Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 15-18 October 1997.

“A World Of One’s Own”: Willa Cather’s Making of a Cosmopolitan in The Song of the Lark.” Contested Sites: Negotiating American Cultures. Program in American Culture. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 18-19 April 1997.

"Representing Mexico: María Cristina Mena's Short Fiction in Century Magazine, 1913-1916." Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference. University of Houston, TX, November 8-9, 1996.

Workshop Presentations, Academic Writing

“Academic Writing in the Humanities.” “Producing a Social Scientific Text.” Schreibtag. Schreibzentrum/Writing Center, Faculty of Language and Literature. LMU Munich. 26 February 2016. Organized event and presented workshops.

“How to Write an Abstract.” Graduate School of Language and Literature. LMU Munich. 15 Jan. 2016. Workshop.

“Academic Writing in English.” Schreibtag. Schreibzentrum/Writing Center, Faculty of Language and Literature. LMU Munich. 31 July 2015. Workshop.

SELECTED COURSE TOPICS

The following seminars have been designed and taught independently.

TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVEL AND MODERNISM

American Literature 1945-65
Modernist American Literature: Short Fiction, Poetry, and Essays
Modernist Novels
Canadian Literature

REGIONALISM, MAJOR AUTHORS

Southern Literature, 1940-1970
New Orleans Literature
Regionalist Literature, 1880-1940
Willa Cather, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner
Willa Cather, Regionalist and Modernist

TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Caribbean American Women’s Literature
Contemporary Immigration Narratives
Twentieth-Century Latina Literature
Native American Literature
Road Narratives in American Fiction and Film
Contemporary Literature

ADVISING

Bachelor's Thesis
Master's Thesis
Bachelorarbeit Colloquium
Independent Study Project

INTRODUCTORY AND ACADEMIC WRITING COURSES

American Literature Survey: 1865 to the Present
Introduction to Fiction
Writing About Literature (various seminar topics with emphasis on literary analysis)

Academic Writing Instruction

Writing Center Coordinator, Department of English and American Studies.
Responsibilities included training and advising tutors as well as developing and promoting departmental academic writing services. 2014-17.

My teaching experience at the University of Illlinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001-09), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1995-97), and DePaul University in Chicago (1998-99) includes composition and literary analysis, which involved teaching research skills, essay structure, and writing as a process, both in class and in individual sessions with students. 

EDUCATIONAL AND INTERCULTURAL PUBLIC OUTREACH

"Teaching Contemporary American Literature." Seminar. Training for Teachers and Administrators, Grades 10-13. Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung, Dillingen a.d. Donau, Germany. 21-23 Sept. 2016.

“Grace King’s 'The Little Convent Girl' and Academic Writing.” Seminar. Gymnasium Grafing. 19 Jan. 2016.

“Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.” Seminar. Anne-Frank-Gymnasium. Erding. 15 December 2015.

“Focus on American Literature: Contemporary Immigration Narratives.” Seminar. Training for Teachers and Administrators, Grades 10-13. Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung, Leitershofen, Germany. 24-26 Sept. 2014.

“A Literary Evening.” Leader, Monthly Book Discussion Group. Amerikahaus, Munich. Jan. 2010-July 2014.

Public Outreach. Topics: immigration to the U.S., ethnic diversity, and American culture.
Adolf-Weber-Gymnasium. 23 November 2012, 8 January 2013.
Gymnasium Oberhaching. 23 November 2011.

ACADEMIC SERVICE

Conference Organization

Harper Lee: Revisions, an International Conference. Junior Year in Munich, Amerikahaus. Sponsored by the Bavarian American Academy, DVA (Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt). LMU Munich, Germany. 23-25 June 2016.

Guest Lectures

Professor Christa Buschendorf (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), “The Black Prophetic Tradition: Leadership Models in the Civil Rights Tradition and in #BlackLivesMatter.” 29 Nov. 2016. “Bodily Knowledge in Edward P. Jones’s Novel The Known World (2003)” 30 Nov. 2016. Supported by the Amerika Haus Verein.

Professor Page Laws (Norfolk State University). “The Warmth of Other Memories: Reclaiming the Traumas and Triumphs of African America’s Great Migration.” Fulbright Lecture Series 2016. Department of English and American Studies. 29 June 2016.

Professor Judy Wu (Ohio State University). "Eldridge Cleaver Visits Pyongyang, Hanoi, and Peking: Afro-Asian Internationalism, Radical Orientalism, and Global Feminism.” Amerika-Institut, LMU-Munich. Guest Lecture. Moderator. 16 Oct. 2014.

Professor Jessica Pliley (Texas State University). “Saving White Slaves, Supervising Wives, & Policing Prostitutes: The FBI’s Enforcement of the White Slave Traffic Act in America, 1910-41.” 3 July 2014.

Co-organizer, with Dr. Anna Flügge. Cultural Immobility: Place and the Tradition of an Anti-Modern Modernism. Research Symposium, Amerika-Institut. Director, Professor Klaus Benesch. San Servolo, Venice. May 12-16, 2014.

Professor Bruce Michelson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). “Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn, and The Motions of the Mind.” Amerika-Institut/Bavarian American Academy/Bavarian American Center. Amerikahaus, Munich. Guest Lecture. 6 June 2011.

Professor Elizabeth Ammons (Tufts University). “Rising Waters: American Literature and the Fight for Environmental Justice.” North American Literature Program, Amerika-Institut, LMU-Munich. 15 June 2010.

Moderator, Conference Panels

“America and the Musical Unconscious.” Junior Year in Munich. 30-31 May 2014.

“Unpopular Culture.” Amerikahaus Munich. 31 Oct.- 3 Nov. 2013.

“Mediating Choice: Race, Character Performance.” Electoral Cultures: American Democracy and Choice. Amerikahaus Munich. 1-4 November 2012.

Professor Klaus Benesch, Department of English and American Studies, LMU Munich. “The Language of Gesture: Melville’s Imagining of Blackness and the Modernity of Billy Budd.” Imaging Blackness: Visuality, Liberation, and the Post-Racial in African-American Cultural Politics. Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), LMU-Munich. Lecture Respondent. 21 July 2010.

Participant, Summer Academy and Symposium

American Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: Critical Regionalism in Politics and Culture. BAA Summer Academy. Munich and Nuremberg, Germany. 20 May-2 June 2013.

The Politics of Aesthetics. Symposium, Oberseminar of Professor Klaus Benesch. Amerika-Institut, LMU-Munich. Venice International University, San Servolo, Italy. 7-11 May 2012.

English Editing and Certification

Editing of academic documents, website, and promotional materials for the Amerika-Institut and Bavarian American Academy.

English Language Certification for post-graduate and post-doctoral fellowship applicants.

ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

Specialist Reviewer, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. (MELUS)

Member, Bavarian American Academy (BAA). Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien/ German Association for American Studies (DGfA), International Association of Inter-American-Studies (IAS), Modern Language Association.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Editing collections of essays on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015)

Submitted an essay for an anthology on New Orleans writer, Grace King (1885-1932).