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Prof. Cheryl Lester

has a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from SUNY at Buffalo, was Associate Professor of American Studies und English at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA, until 2018 and since then is Associate Professor Emerita of English and American Studies.


Research Interests

  • 20th-century American Literature and Culture
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • William Faulkner

Professional affiliations

  • American Studies Association
  • Mid-America American Studies Association (President 2004-05; Vice President 2003-04; Board Member 2000-08)
  • Faulkner Society (Board member, 2015-18; 1994-97)
  • Modern Language Association
  • Editorial Board Member, American Studies Journal, 1997 to present.

Honors, awards, grants (selection)

  • 2016-2019: Conger-Gabel Teaching Professor, English Department, U of Kansas
  • 2013: K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Award, Honorable Mention, U of Kansas
  • 2013: Haines Faculty Research Fellowship, English Department, U of Kansas
  • 2012: Big XII Faculty Fellowship, U of Kansas
  • 2011: Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship, Kansas Campus Contact
  • 2011: Center for Teaching Excellence Travel Grant

Cheryl Lester


3068 Wescoe Hall
Department of American Studies
University of Kansas
213 Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594

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