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Laverne Nishihara

Associate Professor of English
Faculty Senate President
Whitewater Hall 274
(765) 973-8414


  • PhD in English, University of Virginia, 1989
  • MA in English, University of Virginia, 1982
  • BA in English, University of Hawaii, 1981

Current Research Interests

Commonwealth and postcolonial literature, twentieth-century and contemporary British literature, women’s and gender studies

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Commonwealth Medicine in Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone: A Novel” at the 19th Annual British Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies Conference (February 2010)
  • “The Cosmopolite Scientist: Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide and Abraham Verghese’s My Own Country” at the 18th Annual British Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies Conference (February 2009)
  • “Abraham Verghese, Yiyun Li, and the Continuing Redefinition of Asian American Literature” at the Texas Tech Comparative Literature Symposium on “America’s Asia, Asia’s America” (April 2007)
  • “’The Fetters of That Strange Freedom’: Boundary as Regulating Technique in Lord Jim” in Conradiana: An International Journal of Joseph Conrad Studies (Spring 1996)

Selected Previous Employment

  • Lecturer in the Writing Center, Trinity College in Hartford, CT, 1989-1995

Selected Awards

  • Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006)
  • Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) (2002)