Michael Johnson teaches courses in American literature, literary theory, multicultural literature, and African American literature. Recent courses include African American Literature and Culture, The Western as Genre, The Splendid Drunken Twenties, and Contemporary Native American Literature and Film. He has also taught courses on the topic of The Walking Dead and claims to be the English Department’s resident expert on surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Dr. Johnson’s primary research area is African American Literature. His book Black Masculinity and the Frontier Myth in American Literature was the first extended analysis of the depiction of African Americans in the literature of the frontier. His current book project, Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos, a study of the African American West as represented in literature, film, and television, was published in 2014 by the University Press of Mississippi.
Ming-Ming Pu teaches courses in linguistics and first-year composition. She specializes in psycholinguistics. Her research interests lie mainly in exploring the fundamental relationship between language and cognition, especially how universal cognitive factors of memory and attention constrain the way we use language, and what general cognitive strategies we employ to facilitate language processing. She has been conducting empirical studies as well as comparative discourse analyses between Chinese and English, which have demonstrated that these two historically unrelated languages share common characteristics in discourse processing regardless of their morphosyntactic differences. In addition to her book Discourse Anaphora, she has published in linguistic journals such as Discourse Processes, Chinese Language Studies, Cognitive Linguistics, Canadian Journal of Linguistics and contributed chapters in numerous books.
Kristen Case teaches courses in American literature, environmental writing, and the intersection of 20th- and 21st-century American literature and philosophy. She has published essays on Henry David Thoreau, Charles Olson, Robert Frost, and Ezra Pound and is the author of American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). Her poetry chapbook Temple was published by Miel books in 2014, and her full-length collection, Little Arias is forthcoming from New Issues in 2015. She is editor of The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies for the Thoreau Society, co-editor of the forthcoming volume Thoreau at Two-Hundred: Essays and Reassessments (Campbridge UP), and director of Thoreau’s Kalendar: A Digital Archive of the Phrenological Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau.
Christine Darrohn has always been a devoted reader--as a little girl she refused to take her naps unless she could take a book to bed. Today Christine is devoted to guiding her students to become strong readers of literature who can explore the meanings of the very smallest of textual details. In her scholarship, Christine also examines texts closely in relation to a variety of cultural contexts, such as the Great War, early twentieth-century auditory technologies, and attitudes towards empire. More fundamentally, she is interested in writers' representations of the possibilities and difficulties of forming human connections across social barriers. Holding an MFA in creative writing in addition to a PhD in literature, Christine is a published fiction writer and is currently working on a novel. Christine also coordinates the First-Year Seminar and Writing Seminar program, which facilitates students' academic transition to college.
Ann Kennedy came to the University of Maine-Farmington in 2007 from the University of Houston-Downtown. She holds a joint appointment in Women’s and Gender Studies and in First-Year Composition. She regularly teaches first-year writing seminar and Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. She also teaches Contemporary Feminist Thought, The Female Body in Western Culture, and Gender and the Cultures of Globalization. She is a member of the Humanities Division and the Women’s and Gender Studies Council and has served on the Interdisciplinary and General Education committee. Her research areas include media and new media studies, feminist theory, race and ethnicity, gender and globalization, and U.S. literature and culture. Dr. Kennedy has recently published an article in the journal New Global Studies. She is working on a book, currently titled Moving Past It: Postfeminist and Postracial Discourse in U.S. Culture.
Dr. Klein came to UMF after completing her doctoral work at Purdue University in 2008. Since then, she has taught multiple classes investigating the evolving relationships between settlers and Native Americans in the colonial era. However, her teaching interests are diverse, ranging from memory, history, and trauma in American literature to graphic novels to American intellectual history. She has published articles in Early American Literature and Early American Studies, and presented her work at multiple conferences and symposia. She is currently working on a book project that addresses the critical gap between transatlanticsm and Native American studies in Colonial America.
Dr. Klein is also UMF's Director of Academic Program Assessment. In this role, she coordinates the efforts of academic programs to evaluate and improve student learning.
In her free time, Dr. Klein enjoys exploring Maine's geography and history with her family.
Misty Krueger teaches 18th-century literature, early British literature, Shakespeare, Romantic literature, literary interpretation and analysis, and first-year writing at UMF. She specializes in Restoration and 18th-century English literature and Jane Austen. Her research focuses on drama and gender studies, and she is currently working on a book-length project on revenge in Restoration and early 18th-century tragic drama. She has published articles on revenge, adaptations of Shakespeare, and masculinity in Restoration drama, as well as William Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and History of England and Elizabeth Inchbald's Lovers' Vows. In her spare time she enjoys taking part in "readers theatre" performances of 18th-century plays and playing Settlers of Catan.