Department Chair
Sharon J. O'Brien
Professor of English and American Studies, James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures (1975).
Denny Hall Room 316
obrien@dickinson.edu
(717) 245-1497
Department Faculty
Sharon J. O'Brien
Professor of English and American Studies, James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures (1975).
Denny Hall Room 316
(717) 245-1497 | obrien@dickinson.edu
B.A., Radcliffe College, 1967; M.A., Harvard University, 1969; Ph.D., 1975.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1985-1986.

Sharon O'Brien teaches interdisciplinary courses in the American Studies and English Departments, looking at the multiplicity of American cultures through the lenses of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. The author of a biography of Willa Cather and of a family memoir, she is now teaching and writing memoir and personal essay. Teaching and research interests include the politics of memory; illness and narrative; and lifewriting.
Amy E. Farrell
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in the Liberal Arts (1991).

farrell@dickinson.edu
B.A., Ohio University, 1985; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1988; Ph.D., 1991.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2005-06

Amy E. Farrell is the Ann and John Curley Chair of Liberal Arts and Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Dickinson College. Her research focuses on the history of second wave feminism, representations of gender and feminism in popular culture, and the history and representation of the body and fatness. She is the author of two books: Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 1998) and Fat Shame: Stigma and the fat Body in American Culture (New York University Press, 2011).
Cotten Seiler
(on leave of absence 2014-15)
Associate Professor of American Studies (2008).

seilerc@dickinson.edu
B.A., Northwestern University, 1990; Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2002.

U.S. cultural and intellectual history, critical race theory, cultural studies.
Jerry Philogene
Associate Professor of American Studies (2005).
Denny Hall Room 16
(717) 254-8953 | philogej@dickinson.edu
B.A., New School University, 1989; M.A., New York University, 1993; Ph.D., 2009.

Jerry Philogene specializes in 20th century African American and Afro Caribbean visual arts and cultural history. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary American cultural history and black cultural and identity politics. Her research interests explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as articulated in contemporary visual and popular culture.
Gregory J. Kaliss
Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies (2014).
Denny Hall Room 312
kalissg@dickinson.edu
B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1998; M.A., 2004; Ph.D., 2008.

Marisol LeBrón
Pre-Doctoral Fellow in American Studies (2013).
Denny Hall Room 10A
(717) 245-1070 | lebronm@dickinson.edu
B.A., Oberlin College, 2007.

Marisol LeBrón is a PhD candidate in the Program in American Studies at New York University. Her dissertation, "Violent Arrest: Punitive Governance and Neocolonial Crisis in Contemporary Puerto Rico," traces the growth of increasingly punitive policing measures within the context of a deepening neocolonial crisis between Puerto Rico and the United States. Her research interests include policing, militarization, incarceration, spatial inequalities, political economy, youth, and race in the Americas.
Adjunct Faculty
Lonna M. Malmsheimer
(Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching 1986-1987.)
Adjunct Faculty and Professor Emerita of American Studies (1975-2007).
239 W Louther St
(717) 245-1520 | malmshei@dickinson.edu
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1962; M.A., 1965; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1973.