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
Dr. Perelmutter to be first Director of Undergraduate Studies!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter will be the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Jewish Studies Program! Dr. Perelmutter is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Slavic. She will begin her position as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Fall 2017 semester.

Kudos to our students!

March 16, 2017: JS students Mackenzie Haun, Sarah Herman and Ariel Silverman were elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

More Kudos!

Dr. Gal Levy, former Visiting Israeli Professor at KU, has won first prize for best article in Hebrew from the Israeli Political Science Association. The article looks at the post-protest protest in Israel and Dr. Levy gives acknowledgments to the KU Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Levy currently teaches at the Open University in Israel. He will be a guest speaker at KU on August 23, his lecture is titled, "Citizenship in Crisis in Contemporary Israel".

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