Current teaching interests: contemporary American, British, and global literature, with an emphasis on "transmedia" texts that incorporate visual images and new technologies. The authors and theorists I teach incorporate Critical Theory, including Feminist Theory. My courses include units on the news media; advertising; film; video; art installations, and popular culture.
B.A. English and French, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
Prof. Kauffman has written three books, including Bad Girls and Sick Boys: Fantasies in Contemporary Art and Culture and Special Delivery: Epistolary Modes in Modern Fiction and edited three more, including American Feminist Thought at Century's End. Her recent publications are on Don DeLillo (in Modern Fiction Studies, American Literary History & a volume on Mao II, Underworld, and Falling Man, ed. Stacey Olster). She has also published articles and reviews on film, video and performance art.
Umd Graduate School Research & Scholarship Award (RASA)
Graduate English Organization Service Award
Invited speaker & contributor: The Public Intellectual, Oxford University, U.K. (with Edward Said, Jacqueline Rose, and Bruce Robbins)
Delivered Brown Distinguished Lecture, Endowed to Honor Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching, Carnegie Mellon University.
Chair, 3rd Yr. Review Committee, Lee Konstantinou
Dean's NEH Summer Fellowships, Review Committee
I-Series Faculty Board
Chair, Search committee Contemp. Am. Lit. (2 hires)
Numerous presentations coordinated with Graduate English Organization and Career Counseling Center to promote writing & careers of graduate students
Chair, Tenure & Promotion Committee