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.

Professor Galvan’s CV



Kenneth Kidd

Kenneth Kidd works in Anglophone children’s literature studies and is especially interested in the field’s intersections with other cultural projects, such as philosophy, psychology, and critical theory. His current book project, under contract with Fordham UP, looks at children’s literature’s engagement with and presence inside theory and philosophy and is called Theory for Beginners, or Children’s Literature Otherwise. It’s a sequel of sorts to his second book, Freud in Oz (Minnesota, 2011), about the intersections of children’s literature and psychoanalysis. He is also interested in questions of gender and sexuality in and around children’s literature. His first book, Making American Boys (Minnesota, 2004), explores literary and cultural programs of “boyology” in relation to stories of boys raised by various animals (what he calls the “feral tale”). He has also coedited two essay collections dealing with queer childhood and/or children’s literature: Over the Rainbow (Michigan, 2004), and Queer as Camp: Essays in Summer, Style, and Sexuality (Fordham UP, 2019). With UF colleague Sid Dobrin he also coedited the first essay collection on children’s literature and ecocriticism, Wild Things (Wayne State, 2004), and with Joseph T. Thomas, Jr. he coedited Prizing Children’s Literature: The Cultural Politics of Children’s Book Awards (Routledge, 2017).

Professor Kidd serves on a number of editorial boards and is especially active with the Children’s Literature Association. He is coeditor of the third volume of the Cambridge History of Children’s Literature, now in preparation, and with Elizabeth Marshall he co-edits the Children’s Literature and Culture series at Routledge, the oldest-running monograph series in the field. At UF he is part of the Baldwin Editorial Collective, now working on a book showcasing the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. Professor Kidd teaches undergraduate courses in children’s and young adult literature, including a new course on Florida children’s literature, as well as graduate seminars such as “Into the Archive,” “Comparative Children’s Literature” and “Disney and Its Discontents.” He is an Affiliate Professor with the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and also serves as Associate Director of UF’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature & Culture.

Professor Kidd’s CV


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Associate Professor

Barbara Mennel is the Rothman Chair and Director of the Center for the Humanities and Public Sphere at UF. She holds a joint appointment in the German Studies section of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and in the English Department where she is associated with the Film Studies Program and the Feminisms, Genders, & Sexualities track. She holds the Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship (2014-2020) and the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship (2018-2021).

Dr. Mennel is currently in the beginning stages of an auteur study of experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich. In order to advance the project, she has given an invited talk at the University of California, Davis in January 2019 on “Transnational Memory and Experimental Cinema: The Nazi Past in Su Friedrich’s The Ties that Bind (1984).”

In addition, Dr. Mennel is conceptualizing a research project on the miniature, proposing that film is undergoing a process of miniaturization that evokes a long and rich cultural and material history of the miniature. In the context of this project, she has organized the panel “Itty-bitty Installations, Shrinking Women, and Tiny Toys: Gender and the Politics of the Cinematic Miniature” for the annual conference of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies in 2019, which includes her paper “The Female Miniaturist.”

Dr. Mennel is author of two co-edited volumes and four sole-authored books, including Women at Work in Twenty-first Century European Cinema (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, January 2019), Queer Cinema: Schoolgirls, Vampires, and Gay Cowboys (Wallflower and Columbia University Press, 2012, translated into French as Le Cinéma queer with L’Arche, 2013), and Cities and Cinema (Routledge, 2008, second edition forthcoming in 2019).

Dr. Mennel has taught the Department of English’s graduate proseminar for two years in a row. In the fall of 2019, she will teach a graduate seminar on feminist, queer, and trans theory in relationship to cinema. On the undergraduate level, she teaches German film and Film History 1.

Professor Mennel’s CV


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Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator

Schorb’s work explores the intersections of print culture and self-making in the Americas across the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her book, Reading Prisoners: Literature, Literacy, and the Transformation of American Punishment, 1700–1845 (Rutgers UP, 2014), demonstrates the emergence of the prisoner as writer and merges the history of the US prison, literacy, and print. She is currently at work on a book that argues the connections between early life writing and emerging sexual epistemologies.

She is affiliate faculty in the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Research and Convener of the Mellon Intersections Group on Mass Incarcerations through the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere. She is an active member of the Society of Early Americanists and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Schorb was awarded Professor of the Year for Graduate Students from the Graduate Student Council (2013) and Teacher of the Year from CLAS (2011).

Recent publications include “Captivity Recast,” in Blackwell Companion to American Literature (2018); the scholarly introduction to Herman Mann’s The Female Review, “Mann Seeking Woman” for the Just Teach One Project, in Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life (2016); and “Hard-Hearted Women: Sentiment and the Scaffold,” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers (2011). Reviews of her work have appeared in American Studies, American Literary History, Journal of American History, and elsewhere. She has served as outside reviewer for GLQ, William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies.

Prospective graduate students may be interested in sample recent seminars, including “The Carceral Imaginary: Prison History, Literature, Theory” (Spring 2019); “Sexing the Past”: Theory and History of Early Modern Gender and Sexuality (Spring 2018); “Corporeal Sensorium”: Affect, Taste, and Aesthetic Feeling in Early American Literature (Spring 2016); and “Life Writing and Self-Making in American Literature to 1820” (Spring 2013); archived course descriptions are available on the Department of English’s “Courses” page.

Professor Schorb’s CV


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