Cheryl B. Lester

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - American Studies, English
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-2503
Wescoe Hall
Room 3068
The University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


20th-century African-American and Jewish-American literature, cultural studies and American Studies

Education

Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Southern California

B.A., History and English with Honors, University of Michigan

Teaching Interests

  • 20th-century American Literature and Culture
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • William Faulkner: Aging in Literature and Culture

Research Interests

  • 20th-century American Literature and Culture
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • William Faulkner

Selected Publications

Lester, Cheryl B. Adaptation of William Faulkner's "Light in August". The Digital Yoknapatawpha Project: a born-digital critical database, network visualization, interactive map, and timeline. Ser. ed. Stephen Railton, Ed. Cheryl Lester, Ed. James B. Carothers et al., Ed. John Padgett, Ed. Elizabeth Cornell, Ed. Chad Jewett. University of Virginia's Digital Media Center, November/December 2014. https://faulkner.drupal.shanti.virginia.edu/.

Lester, Cheryl B. Adaptation of William Faulkner's 'That Evening Sun'. The Digital Yoknapatawpha Project: a born-digital critical database, network visualization, interactive map, and timeline. Ser. ed. Stephen Railton, Ed. Cheryl Lester, Ed. Julie Napolin, Ed. Steven E. Knepper. University of Virginia's Digital Media Center, June 2014. https://faulkner.drupal.shanti.virginia.edu/.

Lester, Cheryl. Mentoring Graduate Students in the Teaching of Introductory Courses. April/May 2013. http://www.cte.ku.edu/portfolios/lester-graduate-mentoring.

Selected Awards & Honors

Conger-Gabel Teaching Professorship
KU English Department
2016 - 2019


Upcoming Program Events
Kudos!

The College Monthly Faculty/Staff Newsletter, Dec. 2017: In Jewish studies, a major symposium came together thanks to the efforts of program assistant Carla Aspenberg. She organized the “Jews in the Midwest” conference featuring four speakers from outside campus, as well as KU. She has also assisted the transition of a new director of undergraduate studies and managed other duties amid staff changes. And following the conference in November, she quickly switched gears to organizing a new, unexpected faculty hire in the department. Director John Younger said that without Carla, “Jewish studies would be dead in the water.”

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