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Professor Danielle Christmas recently won a 2022 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. The prize is awarded to exceptional early-career faculty. Congratulations, Prof. Christmas — we look forward to more of your scholarly contributions!

Read more about Prof. Christmas’s research below:

Danielle Christmas studies twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and is an author of the forthcoming book, Plantation Predators & Nazi Monsters in American Fiction and Film, and a book-in-progress titled, The Literature of Blood and Soil: White Nationalism and a New American Canon.

‘Danielle’s contributions to these literary studies are innovative and groundbreaking,’ says Jeanne Moskal, professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. ‘Her research speaks decisively not only to specialists in her field but also to non-specialists and the general public.’

In her letter of nomination for Christmas, Moskal goes on to say her comparative approach to this subject is groundbreaking. Christmas recovers and analyzes historical Black experiences and texts on their own terms, but also places these experiences and texts in a comparative frame to understand their further ramifications.

In addition to her two books, Christmas has published eight substantive peer-reviewed scholarly articles, an entry for a reference book, and an article which appeared in The New Republic.

She earned her doctorate in English literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her bachelor’s in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis.”

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