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Welcome to the Department of English blog.

My name is Vicki Mahaffey and I took over as
head of the department on July 1, 2016. I'll be using this site to post updates and information of interest to our faculty, students, and alumni,
along with reflections about our discipline(s) in particular and the humanities in general. As anyone who has ever worked or studied here knows, the Department of English is a vibrant place. If you have something you'd like to see posted here, or if you want to contact me about the content of this blog, drop me an email at

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Introducing Vicki Mahaffey

Now that the Spring semester is well-underway, I am delighted to use this space to introduce the newest member of our faculty, Vicki Mahaffey, who joins the department this Spring as the Clayton and Thelma Kirkpatrick Professor in English Literature.

Professor Mahaffey, who has taught previously at The University of Pennsylvania and the University of York, is a internationally prominent scholar of Irish literature and modernism with a special emphasis on gender and on the work of James Joyce. Her departmental profile page, which you can find by clicking on the link above (or: here), lists--and links to--her single-author books and offers a more detailed listing of her areas of interest and current projects. I invite you to go take a look at that now.


Welcome back.

Professor Mahaffey adds to our already-considerable departmental strengths in British Modernism and Irish Studies, and she also has an appointment in Gender and Women's Studies. If you have the chance to meet her, you'll find her to be wise, generous, unaffected, and fiercely smart. Those are good things to be, and so I know she'll make a major contribution to the department as a teacher and a scholar and a departmental citizen. I'm very pleased to have her here.

I'm grateful, too, to Clayton and Thelma Kirkpatrick, whose extraordinary generosity towards the department has made this appointment, and much else, possible.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

What exactly does the Kirkpatrick chair entail?

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