Dr. Shawn Holliday is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Northwestern Oklahoma State University after serving as an Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English, Foreign Language, and Humanities Department.
He received his M.A. degree from Marshall University in 1993 and his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1999. His areas of specialization include American Realism and Naturalism, Modernism (American and British), and Literary Criticism, especially New Historicism. He is also interested in Asian American literature, Western American literature, and Appalachian literature.
Dr. Holliday is the author of two books, Thomas Wolfe and the Politics of Modernism, published by Peter Lang in 2001, and Lawson Fusao Inada, published by Boise State University’s Western Writers Series in 2003. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of journals and reference books, including Notes on Modern Irish Literature, Appalachian Heritage, The South Carolina Review, and The Encyclopedia of Appalachia. From 2006–2008, Dr. Holliday served as the President of the Thomas Wolfe Society. For the past six years he has also worked as a Consulting Editor for The Thomas Wolfe Review. Recently, he began writing book reviews for the Asian literature supplement to The Seattle Times newspaper.
Dr. Holliday’s awards and prizes include the Everett T. Helm Fellowship (to support research using the Clifford Odets papers at Indiana University’s Lilly Library), the Zelda and Paul Gitlin Literary Prize (for the best article published on Thomas Wolfe in 2006), and the William B. Wisdom Grant in Aid of Research (to support research using the Thomas Wolfe papers at Harvard University’s Houghton Library). In 2003, he was appointed a fellow to the Salzburg Seminar session in Contemporary American Literature, and, in 2005, he was appointed to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.