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Two College of Arts and Sciences faculty members have been
recognized with named professorships, and 21 faculty members have received
other promotions. All will be effective Sept. 1.
Meredith K. Ray has been appointed Elias Ahuja Professor of
Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Thomas Leitch has been appointed Unidel
Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr. Chair in Writing in the Department of English.
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Meredith K. Ray
Ray is a professor of Italian and interim chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and
Cultures, where she teaches courses on medieval and Renaissance Italian
literature, history and culture, including women writers of early modern
Europe, Italy in the age of the Scientific Revolution and Dante's Divine Comedy in Italian and in translation.
She is affiliated with the Department of Women
and Gender Studies and the European Studies program at the Center for Global
and Area Studies.
Ray’s research focuses on Italian women's writing
of the 16th and 17th centuries, early modern science and philosophy, epistolary
writing and convent culture. She is the author of several monographs on women
in early modern literary and scientific culture, and she has co-edited
translations of works by Machiavelli and Arcangela Tarabotti, the radical 17th
century nun and feminist.
Her current book project, forthcoming from
Routledge, is Twenty-Five Women Who Shaped the
Italian Renaissance. It shows how women – too often relegated to the
sidelines or omitted entirely from histories of the Renaissance – impacted the
profound literary, cultural and political developments of the 16th and early
17th centuries, situating them not as isolated cases of female exceptionality,
but rather as part of a larger and more complex tapestry of Renaissance
Ray has received fellowships from the American
Association of University Women, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the
Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the
Renaissance Society of America. Her books have been recognized with awards from
major professional associations including the American Association of Italian
Studies and the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
She is co-founder and co-editor, with Gary
Ferguson of the University of Virginia, of “The Early Modern Exchange,” an
interdisciplinary series published by the University of Delaware Press, and
general editor of the Routledge Series, “Twenty-Five Women Who…”, inspired by
her current book project. She has served as the visiting Charles Speroni
Endowed Chair in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of
California, Los Angeles and as president of the Society for the Study of Early
Leitch is a professor in the Department of English who trained as a
literary scholar at Columbia and Yale, moving into cinema studies when he
discovered a love of storytelling that transcended literature and leading to
his first book, What Stories Are: Narrative
Theory and Interpretation.
He teaches film studies and literature at UD and has taught
undergraduate courses in film, specializing in popular Hollywood genres from
romantic comedy to film noir, and graduate courses in literary and cultural
theory. He is the author of nine books, the editor of two others and is
currently editing a collection of essays, The
Scandal of Adaptation.
Leitch has also written more than 100 essays, publishing
extensively on narrative theory, genre theory and popular culture.
His books include Perry Mason
and Crime Films, which was
nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2003, and books about Alfred
Hitchcock. Over the past 10 years, most of his work—especially Film Adaptation and Its Discontents: From “Gone with
the Wind” to “The Passion of the Christ”—has focused on the process of
textual adaptation and its broader implications for the teaching of English.
His most recent
books are The History
of American Literature on Film (2019),
the Oxford Handbook of
Adaptation Studies (2017) and Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority,
and Liberal Education in the Digital Age
A two-time alumnus
of the Salzburg Seminar, Leitch has taught as a Fulbright Lecturer at
Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He serves on the steering committee of
Delaware Teachers Institute and on the editorial boards of
Literature/Film Quarterly, Adaptation, Journal of Adaptation in Film and
Annual, Studia Filmoznawcze, the
Contemporary Film and Media Studies series published by Wayne State
Press, and the Adaptation and Visual Culture series published by
Macmillan. He regularly reviews mystery and suspense fiction for Kirkus
Reviews, where he is mystery editor.
of Delaware Board of Trustees approved the promotions of 21 faculty members
from the College of Arts and Sciences and awarded emeritus status to several
retiring professors at its spring meeting on May 25.
Promoted to the
rank of professor were the following associate professors who had previously
been granted tenure: Erin Cassesse, political science and international
relations; Marie-Christine Delbeau, School of Music; Lars Gundlach,
chemistry and biochemistry; Rachael Hutchinson, languages, literatures and
cultures; Joanne Miller, political science and international
relations; Chiara Sabina, women and gender studies; Daniel Stevens,
School of Music; and Dannagal Young, communication.
associate professor to professor, without tenure, were Max Michael
McCamley, English, and Sarah Trembanis, Associate in Arts Program.
professors promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure
were: Jasmin Cloutier, psychological and brain sciences; John
Crowley, communication; Mahya Ghandehari, mathematical
sciences; Dominique Guillot, mathematical sciences; Lisa Jaremka,
psychological and brain sciences; Abdol-Razagh Oskooii, political science
and international relations; Lauren Reynolds, School of
Music; and Sarah Wasserman, English.
Promoted to the
rank of associate professor without tenure were Zhiyin Renee Dong,
languages, literatures and cultures; Jennifer Lobasz, political science
and international relations; and Devon Miller-Duggan, English.
New CAS emeriti
faculty are Christopher Boorse, professor emeritus of
philosophy; John Courtright, professor emeritus of
communication; Alfinio Flores, Kathleen and David Hollowell Professor
Emeritus of Mathematics Education; Lana Harrison, professor emerita of
sociology and criminal justice; Linda Pellecchia, associate professor
emerita of art history; David Stone, professor emeritus of art
history; and Gerald Turkel, professor emeritus of sociology and criminal
by College of Arts and Sciences communications staff
Published July 15, 2021