Shari Evans

Shari Evans

Associate Professor / Chairperson

English & Communication




Liberal Arts 340


University of New MexicoPhD
University of New MexicoMA
University of PennsylvaniaBA




Online and Continuing Education Courses

Topics-based research and writing methods course for literary studies. The course develops students' skills in literary analysis, argument, and research-based writing. Topics are used to introduce students to evaluative and critical reading and writing practices in literary studies, with a primary focus on developing research and writing skills, from proposing and revising fruitful research questions and topics, to exploring different lines of inquiry, to conducting various types of literary research, to understanding and critiquing secondary and primary sources, and ultimately to dev eloping individual research-based literary analyses. A key focus is on writing, revision, and original inquiry. ENL 388 counts for US 1C and is required of all literature majors.


Research interests

  • African American and Multicultural American Literature
  • Contemporary Women Writers
  • Feminist and Critical Race Theory

Shari Evans joined the English Department in 2005. Professor Evans earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of New Mexico and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her teaching and research interests include comparative ethnic literatures (particularly African American and Native American) and women writers, as well as race and gender studies and literary theory. Evans's most recent work is on theorizing "home" through the work of Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Margaret Atwood. She is currently engaged in work on the space of memory in contemporary multicultural American writers. Evans has most recently presented and written on the work of Octavia Butler, Brenda Marie Osbey, Joy Harjo, and Toni Morrison. She is a recipient of the distinguished American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies Teaching Award and the University of New Mexico's Gunter Starkey Award for Teaching Excellence.

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