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Photo: Cheryl EdelsonCheryl Edelson, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, Humanities and Fine Arts
Professor, English Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Email: cedelson@chaminade.edu
Phone: (808) 735-4826

Courses

Introduction to Expository Writing, Expository Writing, Types of Literature, Short Story and Novel, Backgrounds in American Literature, Backgrounds in British Literature, Advanced Expository Writing, Film and Literature, American Literature: 1940-Present, Literary Theory and Criticism, Senior Capstone Seminar, Senior Thesis Research, Introduction to Motion Pictures

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. English, University of California, Riverside
M.A. English, University of California, Irvine
Single Subject Teaching Credentials in English and Anthropology, University of Redlands
B. S. Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

Awards and Honors

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu Summer Research Grant (Course Development), 2014
  • Father John Bolin Excellence in Scholarship Award, Chaminade University of Honolulu, 2013
  • President’s Award, National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2010
  • PCA/ACA Conference Seed-Money Grant (for Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference), 2006
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu EARDA Summer Research Grant, 2006
  • PCA/ACA Peter Rollins/Michael Schoenecke Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2005
  • English Department Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2004-2005
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant in English, University of California, Riverside, 2003-2004
  • Dean’s Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2000-2004

Selected Publications

“The Other Beats,” The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary American Poetry. Craig Svonkin, ed. Bloomsbury Press. Forthcoming.

Special Issue Editor, Pacific Coast Philology, Penn State University Press, 2015

“ ‘A Coterie of Spiritualists and Free Thinkers: Spectral Riverside,’” Pacific Coast Philology, Penn State University Press, 2015. Forthcoming.

“Talkin’ Bout Some ‘Heisenberg: Experimenting with the Mad Scientist.” The Methods of Breaking Bad: Essays on Narrative, Character, and Ethics. Jacob Blevins and Dafydd Wood, eds. McFarland Press, 2014.

“Reclaiming Plots: Albert Wendt’s ‘Prospecting’ and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl’s Ola Na Iwi as Postcolonial Gothic.” Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Violence, and Degeneration in the Re-imagined Nineteenth Century, (Vol. 3 Neo-Victorian Studies Series) Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012.

“Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl” (headnote). The Pearson Custom Library: Introduction to Literature (Pearson, 2010).

“Sherman Alexie”(headnote). The Pearson Custom Library: Introduction to Literature (Pearson, 2007).

“Carlos Bulosan”(headnote). The Pearson Custom Library: Introduction to Literature (Pearson, 2007).

“Zitkala Sa”(headnote). The Pearson Custom Library: Introduction to Literature (Pearson, 2007).

Selected Conferences, Talks and Speaking Engagements

Presidential Address, “A Coterie of Spiritualists and Free Thinkers: Spectral Riverside,” Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association, Riverside, CA, October 31, 2014.

“‘It takes a graveyard’: Gothic Space and the Journey to Adulthood in Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book,” Children’s Literature Hawai’i Conference, Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI, June 2014.

“Talkin’ Bout Some ‘Heisenberg’”: The Generic Monstrosity of Breaking Bad.” Eaton Science Fiction Conference, Riverside, CA, April 2013.

“People always call a madhouse ‘someplace’”: Practiced Spaces in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock.” Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, October 2012.

“The Museological Mysteries of Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl,” 126th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, January 2011.

“Haunted Castles and Academic Prisons: Gothic Museums and Indigenous Resistance in Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl’s Ola Na Iwi and Murder Casts A Shadow.” Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Honolulu, Hawai’i, April 2009.

“Experimenting with the Mad Scientist is Breaking Bad.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Conference, Claremont, California, November 2008.

“Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl’s Ola Na Iwi as Postcolonial Gothic.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, San Francisco, California, March 2008.

“The Trope of Haunting in Settler and Indigenous Literatures of the Pacific.” Modernist Studies Association Conference. Long Beach, California, November 2007.

“‘Bela Lugosi moving around down there”: Transculturation, Space, and Horror in Bob Kaufman’s Poetry,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, California, October 2006.

“Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Pauline Hopkins, and the ‘Spirits’ of Resistance,” International Gothic Association Conference, Montréal, Québec, August 2005.

“Surviving the Peep Show: Survivor Marquesas and Herman Melville’s Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life,” Melville and the Pacific: 3rd International Melville Conference, Lahaina, Maui, June 2003.

“Revising/Revisiting the Bildüngsroman in Milton Murayama’s All I Asking For Is My Body and Gish Jen’s Mona in the Promised Land,” American Literature Association Symposium on Contemporary American Literature, Santa Fe, NM, October 2001.

“ ‘Storied Truths’: Revision and Recuperation in Smoke Signals,” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, March 2001.

“Poe and Foucault: Heterotopias in the Rue Morgue,” American Literature Association Conference, Long Beach, CA, May 2000.

Service to the Profession

  • President, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 2014
  • Reviewer, International Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Endowment Grant, (Peter Rollins Travel Grant for Early Career Faculty), 2014
  • Steering Committee, Children’s Literature Hawai’i Conference, 2014
  • Site Coordinator, Children’s Literature Hawai’i Conference, 2014
  • Organizer, Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference, Chaminade University, 2007
  • Conference Site Committee, 2014 Conference, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Riverside, CA, 2014
  • WASC External Program Review Committee, English Department, Brigham Young University at Hawai’i, Laie, HI, November, 2013
  • Vice-President, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 2013
  • Moderator and Organizer, Special Forum, “Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 2013
  • Conference Site Co-Chair, 2013 Conference, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA, 2013
  • Editorial Board, Pacific Coast Philology, Penn State University Press, 2012
  • Second Vice-President, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 2012
  • Presiding Officer, Gothic, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 2011
  • Conference Site Chair, 2010 Conference, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Honolulu, HI, 2009-2010
  • Executive Committee Member, National Popular Culture/American Culture Association, 2008-2012
  • Presiding Officer, American Literature before 1865, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 2010