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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Faculty Professional Achievements

Our faculty have published a variety of texts and delivered papers nationally and abroad.


John Banschbach

published "SWOT and the Analysis of Literary Characters” in the Minnesota English Journal Online (March 2104).

Donna R. Casella

published “Women and Nationalism in Indigenous Irish Filmmaking of the Silent Period” in the collection Researching Women in Silent Cinema (2013). She delivered a paper, “Getting into The Act: Women in Front of and Behind the Camera in Ireland’s Indigenous Silent Film Period,” at the Women and the Silent Screen Conference VII in Australia in Fall 2013. Her article "Ireland a Nation: A Celebration of All Things Irish-American” also appeared in Postscript (Summer 2013).

Kirsti Cole

edited Feminist Challenges or Feminist Rhetorics: Locations, Scholarship, Discourse (2014). She also co-wrote "Sisyphus Rolls On:  Reframing Women's Ways of 'Making It' in Rhetoric and Composition" in Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion (Fall 2013). She also keynoted at the 2014 Feminist Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication, and presented at the 13th International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference at the University of Minnesota (2014) and the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at Stanford University (Fall 2013).

Sue Johnston

received this year’s College of Arts and Humanities Diversity Award. She also presented “Something Complete and Great: Interconnections in Cather’s Novels” at the Willa Cather Spring Conference in 2014.

Don Larsson

organized and presided over a panel, “Michael Haneke: Vulnerable Minds, Bodies, Spectator,” for the 2014 Modern Languages Association Convention in Chicago. He also has been nominated to represent the Great Lakes district at the Delegate Assembly of the MLA. 

Melissa Purdue

continues to serve as editor of the journal Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. She also published an article, “‘She had suffered so many humiliations for want of money’: The Quest for Financial Independence in Sarah Grand’s The Beth Book,” in The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies (Summer 2013). Melissa presented her work on “Female Sexuality in Rhoda Broughton’s Twilight Stories” at the WisCon: Feminist Science Fiction Conference in Spring 2014.

Elizabeth Williamsen

presented research on “William of Rubruck and the Christian Other” at the 38th Mid-America Medieval Association Conference at the University of Missouri -- Kansas City in February 2014.

Gwen Westerman Wasicuna

was named Distinguished Faculty for 2014 at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She also won this year’s Hognander Minnesota History Award along with Bruce White for their book Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota (2012).


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