Dr. Deb Donig

Assistant Professor

English Major Advisor

Office: Bldg. 47-35N
Phone: 756-7183
E-mail: ddonig@calpoly.edu
Website: ddonig.wordpress.com

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MA: UMass Amherst, UCLA

Teaching and Research Interests

Anglophone literature
Comparative genocide studies
Human rights
Digital humanities
Ethical technology
Memory studies
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Selected Publications

• Global Warning: Zong! and the Culture of Comparative Suffering” Journal of Jewish Identities: Special Edition on Jewish Postcoloniality, (forthcoming)

• “Seeing Double in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People: Local Toxins, Global Toxicity, and the Universal Bhopal” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, January 2017. 

• “Factuality on Trial: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s Mother Night, the Eichmann Trope, and Hannah Arendt’s Authenticity Error” Textual Practice, December 2017. 

• “The Ashbery Trail,” Electric Literature, September 2017.

• “Sammy Sosa,” The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Franklin Knight. Oxford University Press, 2015. 

• “The Loss of Voice and the Voice of Loss: Memory, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in South African Literature.” in Trauma, Resistance, and Reconstruction in Post-1994 South African Writing. Ed. Jaspal K. Singh and Rajendra Chetty. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2010. p104-120.

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

• Berger Endowed Inaugural Fellowship in Holocaust Studies2016-2017

• Skirball Fellowship Award, 2016-2017

• Dissertation Year Fellowship Award, 2016-2017

• Bluma Appel Research Travel Grant, 2016  

• Summer Stipend Award, Department of English, 2016

• Edward Bouchet Honor Society, Leadership and Diversity in Education, invited 2016

• Dissertation Research Fellowship, UCLA Department of English, 2015-2016

• Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Fellowship Award, 2015-2016

• Roter Research Grant, 2015

• Grace M. Hunt Archival Research Grant, 2015

• Collegium of University Teaching Fellows, Department Award Nominee, 2015

• Chair’s Committee on Graduate Funding, 2013

• Graduate Research Mentorship, with Dr. Jenny Sharpe, 2013-2014

• Roter Travel Grant, 2012

• Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, with Dr. Elizabeth DeLoughrey, 2012

• Kempner Foundation Fellowship, for Holocaust pedagogy, 2009

• Horst Frenz Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, honorable mention, 2009

• Leo Baeck Fellowship Award, Humboldt University in Berlin, 2009

• Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Research Fellowship, for Holocaust Research in Israel, 2008

• Recognition of Excellence in Leadership and Service, American 

Courses Taught

“Conflicts of Memory” (Winter 2020)

“Afrotopia” (Fall 2019)

“One World Trade Center: The New Yorker‘s World of Fiction” (Spring 2018)

“Distant Suffering” (Winter 2018)

“Reading the World: Where’s the Evidence?” (Fall 2017)

“Guilty Pleasures and Global Appetites” (Fall 2017)





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