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Aycock, Wendell

Wendell Aycock

Professor | Ph.D. South Carolina

Wendell Aycock has published five volumes of Twentieth-Century Short Story Explication.  In addition to his work on short fiction and publications dealing with U.S. and English writers, he has published articles on Mexican and Spanish writers and has taught organized classes in Panama, Argentina (on Fulbright Grants), Turkey, and Spain.  Before his terms as Chair of the Department of English at Texas Tech and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, he served as editor and co-editor of 18 volumes of Studies in Comparative Literature.

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Baake, Ken

Ken Baake

Associate Professor | Ph.D. New Mexico State University

Author of the book, Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science (SUNY Press 2003), he specializes in the rhetoric of scientific literature.

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Baehr, Craig

Craig Baehr

Professor | Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Research interests include hypertext theory, online publishing, online instructional design, report writing, and visual rhetoric. He is the author of Web Development: A Visual-Spatial Approach (2007).

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Barrera, Cordelia

Cordelia Barrera

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. University of Texas San Antonio

Barrera specializes in Latina/o literatures and the American Southwest as well as U.S border theory, third space feminist theory, popular culture, and film. She writes movie reviews for the borderlands journal LareDOS, and has published articles and reviews in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and the Journal of Popular Culture. She is working on a book project that explores cyber technologies, social justice, and forms of oppositional consciousness in borderlands science fiction.

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Batra, Kanika

Kanika Batra

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago

Batra specializes in Postcolonial literatures and has special interests in Postcolonial Feminism and Postcolonial Queer Studies. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. In 2001 she published a monograph on Caribbean poetry for the Indira Gandhi National Open University, India. She is working on a book manuscript titled Political Acts: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship in Postcolonial Drama.

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Bauer, Curtis

Curtis Bauer

Associate Professor | M.F.A. Sarah Lawrence College

Bauer specializes in creative writing (poetry) and Spanish translation. His areas of interest are American and world poetry, poetry and fiction in translation and chapbook publishing. His collection of poems, Fence Line, won the 2003 John Ciardi Poetry Prize. His poems, prose and translations have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Rivendell, and Ninth Letter, among others. He has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and a Lannan Writer in Residence at IAIA in Santa Fe. He is the publisher of Q Ave Press Chapbooks.

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Scott Baugh

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Oklahoma State

Baugh specializes in film/media studies with emphases in Chicana/o and Latin American cultural studies. A second edition of Mediating Chicana/o Culture: Multicultural American Vernacular came out in 2008. His current books projects are Born of Resistance: Cara a Cara Encounters with Chicana/o Visual Culture with Víctor Sorell, and Screening Mestizaje, a study of multicultural aesthetics in American cinema. His articles have appeared in Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Journal of Film & Video, Film & History, and the Columbia Companion to Film and History. His book, Latino American Cinema: An Encyclopedia of Movies, Stars, Concepts, and Trends was published in 2012

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Braver, Aaron

Aaron Braver

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. Rutgers

Braver specializes in phonetics, phonology, and their interface, with an emphasis on non-contrastive distinctions.  His research investigates the ways in which speech sounds are organized, produced, perceived, and manipulated by our linguistic system. Much of this work takes place in the laboratory, with both speech production and speech perception experiments.  He has worked on many linguistic phenomena, including incomplete neutralization, flapping, vowel lengthening, emphatic lengthening, and DP-internal ellipsis in English, Japanese, and Spanish, among other languages.

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Borshuk, Michael

Michael Borshuk

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Alberta

Specializing in African American literature and cultural studies, Borshuk is the author of Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature (Routledge, 2006), which won the Texas Tech President's Book Award in 2008, and various essays and encyclopedia entries on African American literature, music, and American modernism.  His current book project is Ugly Beauty: Jazz Performance and Visual Culture.  As well, for ten years, from 1999 to 2009, he wrote on jazz regularly for Coda magazine.

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