Associate Professor of English
B.A., B.S., SUNY-Buffalo
M.A., Ph.D. Indiana
Office: Carolina Inn 201 Ext: 2012
email: Ann Fox
Dr. Fox specializes in twentieth-century dramatic literature and disability studies. Her teaching interests include modern and contemporary drama, disability in drama and literature, feminist theatre, contemporary American multicultural drama, performance theory, and women writers. Her work on disability studies at Davidson College was profiled in the Summer 2010 issue of the Davidson Journal.
Her work on disability and performance has been published in Legacy, Contemporary Theatre Review, the National Women's Studies Association Journal, Gendering Disability, The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Disability Studies Quarterly. She has been an American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Fellow for 2003-04, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Disability Studies Fellow, a National Humanities Center Jesse Ball DuPont Summer Seminar Fellow, a Salzburg Seminar Fellow, an IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) Faculty Development Seminar Fellow, and a participant in the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Yale National Initiative Intensive Sessions in support of the Charlotte Teacher's Institute. She is a member of the local University Advisory Council for CTI, and the National University Advisory Council of the Yale National Initiative. She led a pilot seminar for CTI in 2009 entitled " 'Performing' Experiments: Depictions of Science in Theatre" and a second seminar for Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers in 2011 entitled "The Body and Identity as Portrayed in the Collections of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art." Most recently, she has team taught "Representations of HIV/AIDS" with Professor of Biology Dr. David Wessner, focusing on interdisciplinary exploration of the cultural representation of HIV/AIDS across the humanities and sciences; as a result of that class, she was a delegate to the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. in July 2012.
She has served on the executive board of the Society for Disability Studies; at present, she is chair of the MLA Executive Committee of the Division on Disability Studies. Her current book project traces the representation of disability on the twentieth-century commercial stage. In 2009, she co-curated two disability-related visual arts exhibitions with Jessica Cooley '05: Re/Formations: Disability, Women, and Sculpture, and STARING, both in the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. She lectures frequently on the topic of disability and representation, appearing as a "Modern Mondays" speaker at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and this fall will be speaking at Appalachian State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the College of Charleston.
Dr. Fox is the coordinator for the Gender Studies Concentration at Davidson College.
Courses recently taught:
- Representation of HIV/AIDS (team-taught with Dr. David Wessner and cross-listed as BIO 263/ENG 285
- Modern Drama
- Literary Analysis
- Introduction to Literature
- Disability and Literature (offered at the 300- and 400-level)
- Contemporary Theatre (in spring 2010, students from this class traveled to the Humana Festival of New American Plays under the auspices of the Davidson Research Initiative; the course has been offered at the 300- and 400- level)
- College Writing: Writing About Drama
- Contemporary American Multicultural Drama
- College Writing: Extraordinary Bodies (focuses on disability history, disability activism, and disability art)
- Women Writers
- Seminars: Queer Performance and/as Activism (with Dr. Sharon Green), Disability and Literature, Contemporary American Feminism and Theatre, Early American Drama
Courses for Fall 2012:
ENG 110, Introduction to Literature
ENG 261, Modern Drama