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Maureen Reddy

Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 162​​
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Academic Background

B.A., M.A. Boston College;
Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Maureen T. Reddy, professor and past chair of English at Rhode Island College (2006-2013), is also affiliated with the Gender and Women's Studies Program, which she directed from 1988-1999. Like many people trained as Victorianists, she has wide-ranging academic interests, with teaching interests in and publications on a variety of topics, including Victorian fiction, crime novels, race theory, and Irish fiction. She is currently working on a book on contemporary Irish crime fiction, tentatively titled Noir and the Nation: Contesting Irishness in Crime Fiction.

On campus, Reddy has been active on many committees, including the committee that revised RIC's general education program, the strategic planning committee for 2010-15, the Central Falls Innovation Lab's early work, and the advising committee. Off-campus, she participates in several professional associations, including most recently chairing the Association of Departments of English's committee on best practices in assessing English programs. She is on the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities' events committee and the Board of Directors of Action Speaks.

In her spare time, Reddy enjoys reading, especially contemporary fiction; gardening, which she took up about a decade ago after getting over her life-long city person's aversion to nature; and travel to just about anywhere (as long as no camping is involved), although her most frequent destination is Ireland. She and her husband have two adult children, both of whom majored in the liberal arts in college (feminist studies in literature and philosophy in their son's case and Victorian studies in their daughter's).

Courses Taught

FYS 100 First Year Seminar
FYW 100 First Year Writing (previously Writing and Rhetoric)
GEND 200 Gender and Society
ENGL 202 Introduction to Literary Study II
ENGL 206 Backgrounds in British Literature 1800-present
ENGL 262 Women, Crime, and Representation
ENGL 324 Literature by Women
ENGL 326 Studies in African American Literature
ENGL 355 British Literature from 1832 to 1900
ENGL 359 The Nineteenth-century British Novel
ENGL 434 Studies in Theory and Criticism
ENGL 460 Seminar in Major Authors and Themes
ENGL 501 Introduction to Graduate Study
ENGL 521 Topics in Cultural Studies
ENGL 522 Topics in Feminist Theory and Literature
ENGL 531 Topics in British Literature from 1660-1900

Selected Publications

Books include

Noir and the Nation: Contesting Irishness in Crime Fiction. Ashgate Press, forthcoming 2015.

Traces, Codes, and Clues: Reading Race in Crime Fiction. Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Everyday Acts Against Racism. Seal Press, 1996.

Crossing the Color Line: Race, Parenting, and Culture. Rutgers University Press, 1994.

Sisters in Crime: Feminism and the Crime Novel. Ungar/Recognitions: Mystery Writers Series, Continuum Publishing, 1988.

Articles and chapters in books include

"Authority and Irish Cultural Memory in Faithful Place and Broken Harbor." Clues 32:1 (2014): 81-91.

“Toward a Multiracial Ireland: Black Baby’s Revision of Irish Motherhood.” Literary Visions of Multicultural Ireland: The Immigrant in Contemporary Irish Literature. Ed. Pilar Villar- Argaiz. Manchester University Press, 2014. 217-229.

“Race and Irish Cultural Memory.” Memory Ireland Vol. II. Ed. Oona Frawley. Syracuse University Press, 2012. 61-74.

“Race and American Crime Fiction.” Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction. Ed. Catherine Nickerson. Cambridge University Press, 2010. 135-147.

"Representing Travellers." Affecting Irishness: Negotiating Cultural Identity Within and Beyond the Nation. Ed. James P. Byrne, Padraig Kirwan, and Michael O'Sullivan. Peter Lang, 2009. 145- 157.

"Talking the Talk: Codes of Racialization." Facing the Other. Ed. Borbala Farago and Moynagh Sullivan. CambridgeScholars Press, 2008. 232-244.

“Imagining the Margins: Muller’s Explorations of Race.” Marcia Muller and the Female Private Eye: Essays on the Novels that Defined a Subgenre. Ed. Alexander N. Howe and Christine A. Jackson. McFarland, 2008. 39-49.

“Reading and Writing Race in Ireland: Roddy Doyle and Metro Eireann.” Irish University Review 35:2 (2005): 374-388. Rptd. Irish Postmodernism and Popular Culture. Ed. Wanda Balzano, Anne Mulhall, and Moynagh Sullivan. Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. 15-25.

“Teaching Wuthering Heights Intertextually: The Example of Here on Earth.” Approaches to Teaching Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Ed. Terri Hasseler and Sue Lonoff. Modern Language Association of America, 2006. 142-148.

“Women Detectives.” Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction. Ed. Martin Priestman. Cambridge University Press, 2003. 191-207.

“Smashing the Rules of Racial Standing.” Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics. Ed. Bonnie TuSmith and Maureen T. Reddy. Rutgers University Press, 2002. 51-61.

Awards and Honors (selected)

  • George N. Dove Award, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2013

  • Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society inductee, 2008

  • Mary Tucker Thorp College Professor, Rhode Island College, 2005-06
    Gustavus Myers Award/Human Rights Area, for Race in the College Classroom, 2004

  • Reader’s Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association, for Race in the College Classroom, 2002

  • Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and American Culture, Popular Culture Assoc. and American Culture Assoc., for Everyday Acts Against Racism, 1997

  • Minnesota Book Award, for Mother Journeys, 1995

  • Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and American Culture, Popular Culture Assoc. and American Culture Assoc., for Mother Journeys, 1995

  • Pioneer and Trailblazer Award, Rhode Island Commission on Women, 1995

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