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Gwendolyn Atkinson
Senior Lecturer
M.A., San Diego State University
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Curriculum Vitae 

Spring teaches Rhetoric and Composition,  and Western Humanities. In these courses, she encourages critical thinking about literary arts, ideas and ideologies, and the world around us. Like her instruction, her publications seek to ground academic interests in lived experience. For instance, she traces gender performance in Latino theatre in “Todo Hombre: Testing the Mettle of Man, Machismo, and Marianismo,” and she explores the commodification of eating and ethnicity in “Of Cabbages and Kings: On Reading Food Culture and Other Compositions.”

Research and Creative Interests: Comparative Literature, Cultural Criticism, and Gender Studies Teaching Interests:

Teaching Approach: I'm committed to student ­centered learning because active, ongoing education encourages us to make thoughtful choices and resist what Socrates calls the unexamined life. To this end, I rely on a teaching style that binds books and lived experience.

Why did you become an English professor? While Ralph Waldo Emerson probably didn't picture me as his "American Scholar," I certainly did. 

What do you expect of students?
I expect students to stretch. Because in the liberal arts, we're after nothing short of freeing minds.

Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation? I'm not afraid to admit a penchant for the likes of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Once Upon A Time.