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Dr. Shirley Hanshaw

Dr. Shirley Hanshaw

English
Phone: (662) 325-5807
Email: sh449@msstate.edu
Fax: (662) 325-3645
Curriculum Vita

Spanning four decades in academia and the Federal government, Dr. Shirley Ann James Hanshaw, Professor Emerita, has taught in colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Mississippi and was instrumental in establishing the first African American Studies Program at Mississippi State University where she was the first African American tenured Full Professor in the English Department. During a six-year hiatus from academia she became the first African American technical writer/editor at the US Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, MS, garnering numerous commendations and awards from the Coastal Engineering Research Center. Specializing in twentieth century American, African American, and Multi-Ethnic literatures, and technical writing, she is a recipient of several awards, including a six-year Danforth Associateship for Outstanding Teaching in the Sciences and Humanities and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Her diverse research interests have led to scholarly presentations across the African Diaspora-- including Senegal (Universite’ Cheikh Anta Diop), Ghana (Legon University), Johannesburg (University of Witwatersrand), University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), and the University of Hawaii (Maui); across Europe— including France (Universite’ Paris 8), Spain (Ramon Llull University), Sweden (Lunds Universitet), Hungary (Eotvos Lorand University), and England (Liverpool Hope University); and in Asia-- Nihon University, Japan. Dr. Hanshaw was appointed to head the MSU-Tougaloo Exchange Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the first partnership between an HBCU and a predominantly white institution in Mississippi and was recently named Diversity Educator of the Year. Her first book, Conversations with Yusef Komunyakaa, was published in 2010. Her second book, Re-membering and Surviving: Representation of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath in African American Fiction, is in press (under contract with Michigan State University Press). She has also published widely in both literary and technical journals and contributed chapters to several books, including Thirty Years After: New Essays on Vietnam War Literature, Film, and Other Arts and Sites of Memory in the African and Diaspora Experience. She earned B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English with a minor in French.