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Illinois Department of English Blog


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

Monday, May 3, 2010

Quick congrats to Melissa Bailes

Congratulations to Melissa Bailes, a PhD student in English specializing in 18th- and 19-Century British Literature, for winning a highly competitive dissertation completion fellowship from the AAUW (American Association of University Women). According to the AAUW website, there were 66 American recipients of fellowships and grants this year, selected out of 1,175 eligible applicants, and this is not a discipline-specific application pool. So this is officially a Big Deal.

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