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We Are English Majors: Rouzbeh Rahai
June 15, 2017

Rouzbeh Rahai is a senior majoring in English as well as Environmental Science & Management. We asked him questions about his experiences in these two fields and his future plans to WOOF (see definition below). 

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Retiring Professors Profile
June 9, 2017

We celebrate retiring Professors Margaret Ferguson, W. Jack Hicks, Richard A. Levin, and Evan Watkins with a series of interviews about their time at UC Davis.


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English Faculty, First Generation
June 9, 2017

Seven English Department faculty tell us about what it was like to be first-generation college students.


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Scholars Symposium: “How My Dissertation Changed”
June 9, 2017

We report from a recent Scholars Symposium panel with Becky Kling, Michael Martel, Meg Sparling, and Melissa Wills on the dramatic transformations that can happen through the dissertation process. (read more)

Must Reads: Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa
June 8, 2017

Professor Desirée Martín tells us about the first book she turns to for solace and for theoretical insights.

I encountered Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La (read more)

Retiring Faculty Profile
June 5, 2017
How My Dissertation Changed
June 5, 2017
First-Generation Faculty
June 5, 2017
UC Davis English Cracks Top 20 in New PhD Rankings
June 1, 2017
UC Davis English has vaulted to #20 in the new US News and World Report rankings of English PhD Programs (released March 14, 2017). 
We’ve jumped 6 places from our previous ranking of #26.
Emeritus Professor Gary Snyder Wins Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation
June 1, 2017

Poet Gary Snyder, professor emeritus of English, has won the 2017 UC Davis Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation. This award recognizes career accomplishments that have led to a long-term positive impact on the lives of others. 

We Are English Majors: Karen Xu
May 25, 2017

Karen Xu is a senior majoring in English, Chinese, and Economics. We asked her questions about this impressive triple major as well as as working with English Professor Gina Bloom on the video game (read more)

Fall 2016 interns for Play the Knave, with Prof. Gina Bloom. Discover how faculty and students are collaborating on a Shakespeare video game
May 23, 2017

Play the Knave is an interactive digital game in which players act out scenes from Shakespeare’s dramas, karaoke-style. A Kinect motion capture camera lets players use their own bodies to control their avatar movements, making Play (read more)

Alumni Stories: An English Major At Med School
May 12, 2017
James Pierce graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. He recently started medical school at Case Western Reserve University and is studying towards an M.D. We asked James (read more)
We Are English Majors: Emily Masuda
May 4, 2017
Emily Masuda is a fourth year English major and this year's winner of the prestigious Leon H. Mayhew award. This award is given each year to a single UC Davis senior majoring in music, art, or literature, and emphasizes academic and (read more)
Life After UC Davis English PhD
May 1, 2017

John Mac Kilgore (PhD Class of 2012)

John Mac has a new book out, so in addition to asking him about life as an English professor at Florida State University, we asked about his (read more)

Alumni Stories Live!
April 20, 2017

Award-winning journalist Daniel Brown (UC Davis English, 1992) returned to campus this week to speak with students. 

Dan shared stories about his formative years writing for The California Aggie alongside, among others, (read more)

Janie Guhin Plaque / Bench Dedication
April 13, 2017

The English Department and the University Writing Program held a plaque/bench dedication in the Voorhies courtyard in honor of longtime staff member, Janie Guhin, who passed away in 2016.

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We Are English Majors: Jennifer Escobar
April 13, 2017
Jennifer is fourth year English major getting ready to graduate. We asked her four questions about English and about the book she’s writing with her ultra-marathon runner dad, Luis Escobar.
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Life After UC Davis English PhD
April 6, 2017
Josef Nguyen (PhD Class of 2016)
Job Title: Assistant Professor of Game Studies, University of Texas at Dallas
Josef reports that he has found a lot of support at UTD’s School of Arts, Technology (read more)
We Are English Majors: Ethan Victor
March 16, 2017
Ethan is a senior majoring in English and a standup comedian. We asked him four questions about the funny side of being an English major. 
How and when did you get the idea that you wanted to be a comedian?
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