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Dr. Amy Doherty Mohr
Amerika-Institut
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Schellingstr. 3/VG
80799 München
Amy.Mohr@lmu.de

CURRENT POSITION

Lecturer in American Literature. Academic Associate, Department of English and American Studies, LMU-Munich. 2009-present. Permanent contract.

CURRENT RESEARCH / INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

Joint Research Project, “Cultural Memory and Displacement in post-WWII American Literature: A Study of The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s by Werner Sollors,” with John Wharton Lowe, Barbara Methvin Professor, Department of English, University of Georgia.

  • Presented papers at the MESEA Conference 2022 (The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas), University of Central Lancashire, Larnaka, Cyprus, 26-29 May 2022.
  • Selected for University of Georgia-LMU Munich Faculty Research Exchange, 2020. Professor John Lowe visited the Amerika-Institut, LMU, 5-8 July 2022. Visit to UGA scheduled for 19-24 September 2022.

Conference Organization: “New Orleans, A Sense of Place: Environmental and Cultural Resilience, an Interdisciplinary Conference.” Co-convened by the Amerika-Institut and the Rachel Carson Center. Invited speakers from Berkeley, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans. LMU Munich and Amerikahaus, 21-22 July 2022.

  • International collaboration with Bryan Wagner, Professor, English Department, University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Professor, Summer Semester 2022, Amerika-Institut, LMU.
  • Funded by the Rachel Carson Center, the LMU-UCB Research in the Humanities Cooperation, and the Bavarian American Academy.
  • Program Coordinators: Amy Mohr (LMU) and Bryan Wagner (UCB); Co-organizers: Nadine Klopfer (LMU), Pierre-Héli Monot (LMU).
Associated Member (honorary): “Practicing Place: Socio-Cultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations.” GRK 2589, DFG-funded research training group. Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Spokesperson: Professor Kerstin Schmidt. April 2021-present.
  • Projects: Post-1945 Representations of Place in American Literature; Practicing Place in New Orleans.

Facilitator: Transatlantic, virtual student dialogue with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Co-organized with Dr. Nancy Goldfarb, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI and Annabell Türk, Program and Communications Manager, AI alumna BA ‘15, IU Europe Gateway, Berlin, 25 January 2022.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English, Tufts University

M.A., English, Brown University

B.A., English and Spanish, Bates College. High Honors in English.

POSITIONS HELD

Lecturer, American Literature, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001-09. English Department Outstanding Teaching Award, 2008.

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

Visiting Scholar, Center for Gender Studies, U of Chicago, 1998-99.

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

Lecturer, Sweetland Center for Writing/English Composition Board, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1995-97. 

PUBLICATIONS

Edited Collections

New Interpretations of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. Edited by Amy Mohr and Mark Olival-Bartley. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019.

The Collected Stories of María Cristina Mena. Edited with a critical introduction by Amy Doherty. Arte Público Press, 1997, pp. vii-l.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Bearing Witness: Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” and the Ethical Power of Testimony.” Southern Studies in Europe, special issue of The Southern Quarterly, edited by Lia Kindinger. Forthcoming.

“Digital Teaching and Learning in the Humanities: Challenges and Innovations, Principles and Practice.” Education, Technology & Culture, edited by John Dean and Gerhard Finster, co-edited by Konstantinos Karatzas, GIRES Press (GIRES-Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship). Forthcoming.

“What happens to a dream deferred?”: Home and Civil Rights in A Raisin in the Sun.” Perspectives on Homelessness, edited by Anna Flügge and Giorgia Tommasi, vol. 314, Winter, 2022, pp. 163-86.

“Myths of Domesticity and Mobility in Grace King’s “A Crippled Hope” and "The Little Convent Girl.” Nineteenth-Century Southern Women Writers: Grace King and Modernism, edited by Melissa Walker Heidari and Brigitte Zaugg, Routledge, 2020, pp. 119-31.

“Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman: Literary and Cultural Contexts.” New Interpretations of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, edited by Amy Mohr and Mark Olival-Bartley, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019, pp. 155-88.

“Over There: Willa Cather’s Mobilization of Domestic Spaces in One of Ours.” Critical Regionalism, edited by Klaus Lösch, Heike Paul, and Meike Zwingenberger, Bavarian America Academy Series, Winter, 2016, pp. 153-71.

“Meanings 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).” Transnational Approaches to North American Regionalism, special issue of European Journal of American Studies, 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.

Doherty, Amy. “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.

Doherty, Amy. “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.

Book Review: In the Country of Lost Borders: New Critical Essays on My Ántonia, edited by Stéphanie Durrans, Presses Universitaires de Paris Nanterre, 2017. 192 pp. European Journal of American Studies [Online], Reviews 2017-3, journals.openedition.org/ejas/12357.

Reference Articles

“María Cristina Mena (1893-1965).” Biographical headnote; Recommendations for Instructor’s Guide. Heath Anthology of American Literature, general editor Paul Lauter, 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.

Research Grant: The Collected Stories of María Cristina Mena

A research grant from the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, University of Houston, supported archival research at the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress for the recovery and analysis of the short fiction of María Cristina Mena, a Mexican-American woman who published in major literary magazines in the U.S. in the early twentieth century, leading to the publication of The Collected Stories of María Cristina Mena, Arte Público Press, 1997.

COURSE TOPICS

Master's Program: American History, Culture and Society
Harlem Renaissance Literature
Literature of the American West
Literature and the Public Humanities
German-American Encounters in post-World War II American Literature

Bachelors' Program, North American Studies
Modernist American Literature: Poetry, Short Fiction, and Essays
American Literature 1945-65
The Fire This Time/The Fire Next Time: Essays and Poetry on African American Identity
Media and the Individual in American Literature and Culture
Southern Literature
New Orleans Literature
Regionalist Literature
Nature and the Environment in American Literature
Willa Cather
Contemporary Immigration Narratives
Native American Literature
Road Narratives in American Fiction and Film
Canadian Literature

Advising

Master's Theses, Bachelor's Theses, Bachelor's Thesis Colloquium, Independent Study Project

Academic Writing: Training and Advising

Tutor Trainer and Coordinator for the Schreibzentrum/Writing Center, Amerika-Institut, Department of English and American Studies. Funded by Lehre@LMU, 2014-17.
Designed tutor training program, conducted workshops, and advised writing tutors. Earned TutorPlus Certification (80+ hours).

PROFiL courses: Completed over 90 hours of workshops towards the Zertifikat Hochschullehre Bayern (Certification for University Teaching in Bavaria).

PRESENTATIONS

ERASMUS Faculty Mobility Lectures

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.

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.

Presentations: American Literature and Approaches to Teaching

"Rewriting New Orleans in Contemporary Literature." New Orleans, A Sense of Place: Environmental and Cultural Resilience, an Interdisciplinary Conference. Co-convened by the Amerika-Institut and the Rachel Carson Center. LMU Munich and Amerikahaus, 21-22 July 2022.

“Cultural Memory and Displacement in post-WWII American Literature: A Study of The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s by Werner Sollors.” MESEA Conference 2022 (The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas), University of Central Lancashire, Larnaka, Cyprus, 26-29 May 2022.

“Digital teaching and learning in the humanities: Challenges and Innovations, Principles and Practice.” Keynote Lecture, International Virtual Conference. Education, Technology and Culture in Crisis: Secondary and Higher Education in a Time of Virtual Instruction. Global Institute for Research, Education & Scholarship (GIRES). 15-16 May 2021.

“‘yuh got tuh go there tuh know there’: Zora Neale Hurston’s Literary Expressions of Migration as Testimony.” Doing Southern Studies Today. Humboldt University, Berlin, 13-15 Jan. 2021.

“U.S. Education and the Pandemic: Literary and Cultural Insights.” Pandemics in American History & Culture. Online Lecture Series. Amerika-Institut, Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich, 7 Jan. 2021.

“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. Skype presentation, 22 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.

“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, 8-9 November 1996.

Workshop Presentations, LMU

“Find Your Way from North American Studies to a Career.” Lecture and Discussion. Praxistag der Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftler, Praxisbüro, LMU Munich. 12 Apr. 2018.

“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 and presented workshops for the event.

“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.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION

New Orleans: A Sense of Place: Environmental and Cultural Resilience, an Interdisciplinary Conference. Co-convened by the Amerika-Institut and the Rachel Carson Center. Invited speakers from Berkeley, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans. Co-organized with Nadine Klopfer, Pierre-Héli Monot, and Bryan Wagner. Funded by the Rachel Carson Center, the LMU-UCB Research in the Humanities Cooperation, and the Bavarian American Academy. LMU Munich and Amerikahaus, 21-22 July 2022.

Harper Lee: Revisions, an International Conference. Invited speakers from U of South Carolina; Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main; Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland; University of Santiago, Spain; Cairo University/Fulbright Professor, 2015-16 Harvard University. Co-organized with Mark Olival-Bartley. Funded by the Bavarian American Academy, DVA (Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt). Junior Year in Munich, LMU and Amerikahaus, 23-25 June 2016.

GUEST LECTURES: Organizer/Moderator

Dan Sinykin (Emory University), "Pandemic and Apocalypse: A Warning." Pandemics in American History & Culture Online Lecture Series, Amerika-Institut, Rachel Carson Center, LMU, 4 Feb. 2021.

Bryan Wagner (University of California, Berkeley) "The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé: The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz, and Died for Love." American Studies Today Online Lecture Series, Amerika-Institut, LMU, 12 Jan. 2021.

Robert Brinkmeyer (Director of Southern Studies, U of South Carolina), “Exclusion, Resistance, and Populism: Understanding Contemporary America through the Lens of Southern Literature.” Amerikahaus, 19 June 2017. “Southern Literary Regionalism and Populism: A Discussion.” Amerika-Institut, 20 June 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PUBLIC OUTREACH

Gymnasium Teacher Training Workshops

“African American Literature.” Dillingen Academy for the Training and Continuing Education of Teachers and Administrators, Dillingen a.d. Donau, Sept. 23-25, 2020.

"Teaching Contemporary American Literature and Academic Writing." Dillingen Academy for the Training and Continuing Education of Teachers, Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung, Dillingen a.d. Donau, Germany. Topics: Immigration Literature, Media and the Individual, Academic Writing, Southern Literature. 2-3 days workshops, 24-26 Sept. 2014, 21-23 Sept. 2016, 24-26 Sept. 2018.

Gymnasium Classroom Visits: 22 secondary school classes in Bavaria

Seminars and workshops for Gymnasium students: “Book Your Own Lecture” series, Amerikahaus, Munich, 2019-20. Topics: “Academic Writing and the W-Seminar in English (or How to Write an Academic Paper)”; “Harper Lee.” Ohm-Gymnasium, Erlangen, 8 Nov. 2019; Samuel-Heinicke-Fachoberschule, München, 21 Nov. 2019; Emmy-Noether-Gymnasium, Erlangen, 10 Jan. 2020; Max-Mannheimer-Gymnasium, Grafing, 23 Jan, 2020; Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium, München, 11 Feb. 2020; Gymnasium Neubiberg, 19 Feb. 2020; Johann-Michael-Fischer-Gymnasium, Burglengenfeld, 5 Mar. 2020. Rainer-Maria-Rilke Gymnasium, Icking (online workshop), 21 Jan. 2021; Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium, Munich, 15 Feb. 2022; Asam Gymnasium, Munich, 31 May 2022.

“Writing Academic Research Essays in English.” Seminar. Gymnasium Grafing. 23 Mar. 2017; 6 Apr. 2017; 13 and 20 Apr. 2018.

“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.

"Immigration to the U.S., ethnic diversity, and American culture." Adolf-Weber-Gymnasium. 23 November 2012, 8 January 2013. Gymnasium Oberhaching. 23 November 2011.

Book Discussion Group Leader

English C1/C2 Book Club, VHS SüdOst, Volkshochschule Ottobrunn, Oct. 2019-present.

“Literary Evening” Monthly Book Discussion Group. Facilitator and Coordinator, Amerikahaus, Munich. Jan. 2010-July 2014. Willa Cather: An Introduction." 18 June 2021.

ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

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

Professional Memberships: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien/German Association for American Studies (DGfA), Modern Language Association (MLA), Bavarian American Academy (BAA), MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.), MESEA (The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas).

EDITING EXPERIENCE: Developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading, with a focus on academic publications. Microsoft Word, Overleaf (LaTeX editor).