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Photo of Florence Dore, taken by Sarah Boyd


1999, PhD English, University of California at Berkeley

1987, BA English, Wesleyan University (Phi Beta Kappa)


The 2024 recipient of the Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Florence Dore teaches in both the Creative Writing and Literature Programs at Carolina. After finishing up a BA in English at Wesleyan University, she worked as a waitress and taught eight graders how to diagram sentences, eventually returning to school and earning her doctorate at UC Berkeley in 1999. Stints at New York University’s Draper Program and Kent State University landed Prof. Dore at UNC, where she became a permanent member the faculty in 2010. Several books and articles—both academic and public-facing—appear on Dore’s c.v., but she has also released three records, one of which, Highways and Rocketships, won Best Americana Album of 2022 at Lonesome Highway Magazine. She has held fellowships at New York University, the National Humanities Center, and UNC’s Institute for Arts and Humanities and has won several grants, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dore has just stepped off the Steering Committee of the national scholarly group Post45, for whom she was founding co-editor of the Pos45 Book Series at Stanford University Press. She is as committed to “town-gown” projects as she is to her scholarship: during the pandemic, she created and acted as co- executive producer for the community fundraiser Cover Charge: NC Musicians Go Under Cover to Benefit Cat’s Cradle, a benefit compilation record that came in #1 on the Billboard charts and raised funds for the iconic local rock venue, Cat’s Cradle. She has organized two public conferences on rock and literature, in 2017 at the National Humanities Center with the Carolina Performing Arts and in 2010 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From these public humanities endeavors emerge two publications: Dore’s 2022 book, The Ink in the Grooves: Conversations on Literature and Rock ‘n Roll (Cornell Univ. Press)–which brings together essays and interviews with the likes of Richard Thompson, Dom Flemons, Lucinda Williams, and members of John Prine’s band (among others)—and a piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education (January 2024) exploring the relationship between the critic’s responsibility to a literary aesthetic and rock music. She sits on the advisory board for the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies at the University of Tulsa, and over 2022-2023 she launched Ink in the Grooves Live, a traveling public humanities program that found her traversing the US and Ireland performing in rock venues and giving talks on vernacular music and civic belonging.

Prof. Dore’s scholarship is focused on two related fields: postwar and contemporary American novels and novel theory. Broadly conceived, her scholarship investigates a persistence of liberal subjectivity in the Post-1945 novel, even in the face of apparent threats to its existence in the contemporary era—including technology’s melting of everyday life into the virtual, the looming extinction of humans, and the end of democracy as a form of political governance. These investigations center on a study of literary conceptions of the body, which her work shows to be enmeshed with legal, academic, and market institutions that guarantee a centered subjectivity thought to attend the birth of capitalism. It is the novelistic portrayal of the body as adumbrating a more complicated version of subjectivity than that prevailing notion which threads together her new book (in progress), The Novel’s Mother: Cool Form and Political Agency in Contemporary Fiction and her previous two monographs.


Teaching Awards

Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2024)


Fellow, Institute of Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina (2022)

Invited Fellow, The National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC (2016-2017)

Fellow, Institute of Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina (2013)

Resident Associate, The National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC (2011)

Fellow, The National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC (2008-2009)

Visiting Scholar, Case Western Reserve University Law School (Spring 2008)

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2001)

Postdoctoral Fellow,

New York University Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought (2000-2002)

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship (1996-7)

Phi Beta Kappa (1987)

Courses Taught:

  • Songwriting
  • The American Novel
  • Southern Fiction
  • Free Speech and American Literature

Curriculum Vitae / Resume