Professor Emeritus
A. Carl Bredahl is a graduate of Princeton (BA, 1962) and the University of Pittsburgh (PhD, 1969). He was a member of the UF Department of English from 1970 to 2003, where his area of interest was American literature–particularly the continuity of and contradictions within the American imagination and, more recently, American literature of the West.

Professor Bredahl has published on numerous figures in American literature, from Charles Brockden Brown in the late eighteenth century to  contemporary writersTom Wolfe and Ivan Doig. He is the author of Melville’s Angles of Vision (1972); New Ground: Western American Narrative and the Literary Canon (1989); Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa: Helix and Scimitar(with Susan Drake, 1990); and Ivan Doig (1999). In 1982-83, Professor Bredahl held  a Fulbright in India. From 1999–2000 and 2004-05, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands.


Professor Emerita

Patricia Schmidt’s courses in the Department of English included Twentieth-Century American Literature, Political Rhetoric: Public Women in the ’30s and ’40s,Twentieth-Century American Biography, and Theory of Argument.

She is the author of Margaret Chase Smith: Beyond Convention, a biography that was nominated by the University of Maine Press for the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women’s History, the John Dunning Prize in U.S. History, American Historical Association, MLA Prize for a first book. A pocket edition is currently in process.


Professor Emeritus
Professor David Leverenz received his AB from Harvard in 1964 and his PhD from Berkeley in 1969. He joined the UF faculty in 1985, after teaching at Rutgers University for sixteen years and chairing the Livingston College English Department from 1975 to 1980.

He is the author of The Language of Puritan Feeling (Rutgers UP, 1980), Manhood and the American Renaissance (Cornell UP, 1989), Paternalism Incorporated: Fables of American Fatherhood, 1865–1940 (Cornell UP, 2003), and Honor Bound: Race and Shame in America (Rutgers UP, 2012). He has also co-edited Mindful Pleasures, a collection of essays on Thomas Pynchon (Little, Brown, 1976). He has published over twenty-five essays and articles, primarily on 19th century American literature,in such journals as American Literary HistorySignsCollege EnglishPMLASouthwest Review, and Criticism.



John Cech’s recent research involves a documentary history of children’s literature that makes use of the University of Florida’s premier collection of children’s books, The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. In 2017, Cech provided the Afterword for a new edition of D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths, and he gave the Edward G. Holley Memorial Lecture at the annual conference of the American Library Association on “History, Creativity, and Children’s Literature.” Cech is the author of Angels and Wild Things, The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak; Imagination and Innovation, The Story of Weston Woods; and a series of picture-book retellings, with historical notes, of classic fairy tales. Cech directs the interdisciplinary Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. He serves on the advisory board of the International Children’s Media Center, and he was the recipient of the Anne Devereaux Jordan award for his contributions as a scholar and as a public intellectual in the field of children’s literature. Among Cech’s recent courses are graduate seminars in The Art and Legacy of Maurice Sendak; Childhood, Culture, and Creativity; and Childhood and its Poetics.

Professor Cech’s CV


Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar
Director, Working Group for the Study of Critical Theory

Phillip Wegner

Phillip Wegner joined the UF faculty in 1994. He received his BA from California State University, Northridge, where he was named the recipient of the Wolfson Scholar Award for 1986; and his PhD from the Literature Program at Duke University in 1993, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. He was the Coordinator of the Graduate Program from 2009 to 2012 and the Associate Graduate Coordinator from 2005-2009, and he founded the Working Group for the Study of Critical Theory at UF in 2015. He was named a University Research Foundation (UFRF) Professor in 2010 and the Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar in English in 2012. He was the president for The Society for Utopian Studies from 2010-2014, and received the Society’s Lyman Tower Sargent Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2017.

Professor Wegner is the author of four books, Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity (2002); Life Between Two Deaths: U.S. Culture, 1989-2001 (2009); Periodizing Jameson: Dialectics, the University, and the Desire for Narrative (2014); and Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia (2014). He has published more than 50 essays on topics including contemporary literature and film, twentieth-century culture, genre theory, utopian fiction, literary theory, cultural studies, Marxism, spatial theory, globalization, and science fiction. He has presented major lectures at universities across the United States, as well as in Ireland, Cyprus, Germany, Sweden, and Greece. His forthcoming book is entitled, Reading Theory and Utopia in Dark Times, and he has begun work on a new book entitled, A Return to the Scene of the Postmodern; or, Why 1984 Wasn’t Like 1984. He is a multiple recipient of UF Teaching Awards, and teaches a wide range of courses, including most recently, undergraduate courses on contemporary world fiction, literary theory, and modernist British literature; and graduate seminars on the dialectical theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, and the Künstlerroman.

Professor Wegner’s CV


Professor & Distinguished Teaching Scholar

My current project explores new pedagogies for modernist studies, drawing on my courses and cross-campus collaborations. The materials it engages include literature, film, archives, architecture, and artworks. My recent academic essays are “Queen Bees: Edith Sitwell, Sylvia Plath, and Cross-Atlantic Affiliations,” in Feminist Modernist Studies, and a collaborative essay on museum pedagogy in the anthology The Classics in Modernist Translation, (co-authored with UF Classicist Mary Ann Eaverly). I also do crossover writing, including “Liquid Whitman” for the Massachusetts Review, and “From Slag to Swag” for The Conversation. You can find my blog here.

I am active in the Modernist Studies Association and often contribute to its affiliate journal Modernism/modernity. I also serve on the editorial board of Contemporary Women’s Writing. On the UF campus, I work with the interdisciplinary project Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS), and collaborate frequently with the Harn Museum of Art. I have co-led the campus workshops “Team Teaching from Classroom to Gallery” and “Teaching with Archives: A 360⁰ Event.” I enjoy teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes, which include Desperate Domesticity: The American 1950s, Modern British and American Poetry, and PostPunk Cultures: The British 1980s. I received a UF Doctoral Mentoring Award in 2018, and am a member of UF’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

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Associate Professor

Kim Emery’s current work explores the integration of practices and values more typically associated with for-profit private business into the structures that organize higher education, asking in particular how recent humanities scholarship may help us to understand the effects of this phenomenon. Her current book project, Homo Academia, draws on queer theory and philosophical pragmatism to illuminate continuities between the liberal-humanist tradition of US higher education and its increasingly neoliberal incarnations, and seeks to complicate more narrowly economic critiques by addressing their normative dimensions. She has published on these topics in venues including Works & Days, Cultural Logic, Profession, Thought & Action, and Academe Online, receiving the Democracy in Higher Education Award from the National Education Association in 2009. Her first book, The Lesbian Index: Pragmatism and the Literature of Lesbian Subjectivity in the Twentieth-Century United States (SUNY 2002), traces the ways in which fictional representations of female homosexuality intersected with actual historical contexts over the course of the 20th century to inform contemporary understandings of lesbian identity.

Dr. Emery teaches a variety of courses in US literatures and cultures, queer and feminist theories, LGBTQ writing, and speech-act theory/pragmatism/performativity. She is a member and former chapter president of United Faculty of Florida at the University of Florida, and an affiliate of UF’s Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research.

Professor Emery’s CV


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Assistant Professor

Margaret Galvan is at work on a book, In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, under contract with the Manifold Scholarship series of the University of Minnesota Press, which traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. In addition to the book, she will develop an affiliated digital project on the Manifold Scholarship online platform.

Her grant-funded archival research spans over a dozen archives where she analyzes comics, captioned photographs, drawings, transparencies, advertisements, and other image-text media produced by women. Her published work can be found in journals like Australian Feminist Studies, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Archive Journal. She serves on the MLA Forum Executive Committee for Comics & Graphic Narratives, and she is affiliate faculty of the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that examine feminisms, queer theory, etc. through comics and other visual media. In these courses, students create public digital scholarship through multimodal research projects.

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Susan Hegeman

Susan Hegeman researches the intersections of American literature and the social sciences, especially anthropology. She is currently working on a project on indigeneity in a global context, and another on the history of the popular social sciences in mid-twentieth century US. She is the author of Patterns for America: Modernism and the Concept of Culture (Princeton, 1999) and The Cultural Return (California, 2012). She is also an associate editor of the multi-volume Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel (2011).

A former chapter president of United Faculty of Florida, Professor Hegeman is also interested in the history and politics of higher education. She is currently a guest blogger for, an academic blog that contextualizes U.S. politics for a Swedish audience.

She has recently taught courses on American Indian Literature and U.S. Literature and the Law (undergraduate) and Rationality, Irrationality, and Modernity (graduate).

Professor Hegeman’s CV



Dr. Debra Walker King is a full professor of English and an ordained minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is a graduate of Emory University (PhD), the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (MA) and North Carolina Central University (BA) recognized as a Patricia Harris Fellow, Ford Fellow and Schomburg Scholar. Her Administrative experience includes service as Associate Dean for the Humanities (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (specializing in Affirmative Action and, later, Faculty Development). King is known nationally and internationally through publications that include single-author books such as African Americans and the Culture of Pain (University of Virginia Press, 2008) and Deep Talk: Reading African American Literary Names and Naming (Univ. Press of Virginia, 1998). Her current work on “Womanist Thought” has taken her as a lecturer and speaker to Shanghai University and Nanjing College in China as well as cities across this nation from Florida to California.

King is a motivational teacher who encourages the life visions of her students as she teaches. She is an affiliate professor with African American Studies and Women’s studies, cross listing course such as “Womanist Intellectual Thought,” “Black and White Women Writing about Race,” and “Survey of African American Literature.”

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