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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


Florence Dore joined the faculty in 2010, having earned her doctorate at UC Berkeley in 1999.  She is a singer/songwriter and an academic, having published books and articles as well as released albums, and teaching in both the creative writing and literature programs at Carolina. She has held fellowships at New York University, the National Humanities Center, and the Institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC, has won grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. A member of the Steering Committee for Post45, a collective of scholars working on American Literature and Culture since 1945, Dore was also a founding co-editor for the Post45 Book Series at Stanford University Press.  During the pandemic, she created and acted as co- executive producer for Cover Charge: NC Musicians Go Under Cover to Benefit Cat’s Cradle, a benefit compilation record that came in #1 in compilations on the Billboard charts. 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 in 2011. She sits on the advisory board for the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies at the University of Tulsa’s Bob Dylan Archive.



  •    Invited Fellow, The National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC (2016-2017)
  •    Fellow, Institute of Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina (2013)
  •    Fellow, The National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC (2008-2009)
  •    Distinguished Teaching Award, Kent State University (2009)
  •    Visiting Scholar, Case Western Reserve University Law School (Spring 2008)
  •    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2001)
  •    Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University Draper Program in Humanities   and Social Thought (2000-2002)
  •    Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California at Berkeley (1998)
  •    Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (1997-8)
  •    Mellon Dissertation Fellowship (1996-7)
  •    Phi Beta Kappa (1987)

Courses Taught:

  • English 408: Songwriting
  • English 124: Contemporary Fiction
  • English 347: The American Novel