Department of English

Jennifer Wilks Wins the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence

Wed, July 25, 2018
Jennifer Wilks Wins the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence
Associate Professor Jennifer Wilks

Congratulations to Jennifer Wilks for winning the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2017-18 academic year! This award is in recognition of her exemplary performance and commitment to teaching.

Wilks credits mentoring graduate student instructors as one recent source of inspiration. "Meeting with them to discuss syllabi and observing their courses encouraged me to review my own teaching," she said, "and their success with class blogs and other digital forms encouraged me to expand my use of interactive teaching tools." 

Jennifer M. Wilks is an Associate Professor in English and in African and African Diaspora Studies; she is also an affiliate of the Program in Comparative Literature. She is the author of Race, Gender, and Comparative Black Modernism: Suzanne Lacascade, Marita Bonner, Suzanne Césaire, Dorothy West (Louisiana State UP, 2008), which explores the gendered constructs and legacies of the Harlem Renaissance and Negritude movements. Her essays have appeared in African-American ReviewCallalooModern Fiction Studies, and, most recently, in the edited collection Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem (U of Minnesota P, 2013). Her translation (French to English) of the 19th-century French and Swiss diaries of African American activist Mary Church Terrell was recently published, and she is currently at work on two book projects: a history of transpositions of the Carmen story set in African diasporic contexts and a study of representations of race and apocalypse in contemporary literature and culture. She spent spring 2013 as a visiting professor in the Département du Monde Anglophone at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and in 2013-2014 served as co-director of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS), whose theme was “Reading Race in Literature and Film.” 

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