EML Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

Say Hello to Kate Ozment and Nancy Quintanilla

This August, Kate Ozment and Nancy Quintanilla joined our department as Assistant Professors in Literature. Kate Ozment comes to us with a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University. She specializes in Early Modern English literature, women’s writing, book history and material culture, the history of print publication, digital humanities, and digital bibliography. Dr. Ozment will not only bring post-Restoration English literature to life, she will also help make it real to students through her work on print history. She has run a printing press and hopes to build one at CPP. She also uses contemporary technologies in her historical work: Dr. Ozment has co-edited the Women in Book History Bibliography since 2016. Dr. Ozment's most recent publications include “From Recovery to Restoration: Aphra Behn and Feminist Bibliography” and “‘She writes like a Woman’: Paratextual Marketing in Delarivier Manley’s Early Career.”

Nancy Quintanilla joins us from Cornell University, where she earned her Ph.D. in English Language & Literature. Dr. Quintanilla specializes in  U.S. Latinx literature, Central American literature and cultural production, multiethnic American literature, diaspora theory, immigration, performance studies, and decolonial theory. In addition to teaching classes like Queer Latinx Short Stories and Afro-Latina Writing and Identity at Cornell, she developed and taught a course on Toni Morrison and William Faulkner at Auburn Correctional Facility. Her dissertation, “Archives of Failure: Missing Bodies and the Practice of Recovery,” compares transnational literary and cultural responses to missing bodies in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Specifically, she argues that narratives of loss reimagine missing bodies outside of a teleological understanding of history. Instead of accounting for the missing as stories that begin with a disappearance and end in recovery, artists make visible the material destruction of bodies in order to imagine possible decolonized futures. Accordingly, they shift away from practices of recovery initiated by postwar archives and liberal human rights groups.

We are thrilled to welcome Drs. Ozment and Quintanilla to the department!