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Kara Kendall-Morwick

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Saint Olaf College, Bachelor of Arts
Indiana Univ Bloomington, Master of Arts
Indiana Univ Bloomington, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

Washburn University: Assistant Professor, 2013-present

Indiana University Bloomington: Visiting Lecturer, 2012-2013; Teaching Fellow, 2009-2011; Associate Instructor, 2004-2009

DePauw University: Part-time Instructor, 2012

Scholarly Interests/Activities

20th-century British and American literature, transatlantic modernism, animal studies, environmental studies, literature and science, queer and gender studies, postcolonial and critical race studies.
Service Interests/Activities

General Education Committee, Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, Research Committee, Diversity Initiative, English Department Literature Emphasis Committee, WU Safe Zone LGBTQ Ally, Helping Hands Humane Society Volunteer.
Career Accomplishments


Articles & Book Chapters

  • Mongrel Fiction: Canine Bildung and the Feminist Critique of Anthropocentrism in Virginia Woolf’s Flush.” Modern Fiction Studies 60.3 (Fall 2014), 506-526.
  • “Dogging the Subject: Samuel Beckett, Emmanuel Levinas, and Posthumanist Ethics.” Journal of Modern Literature 36.3 (Spring 2013), 100-119.
  • “Jack London, Nature Fakery, and the Stakes of Animal Narrative.” The Evolutionary Review 4.1 (Spring 2013), 67-75.
  • “The Face of a Dog: Levinasian Ethics and Human/Dog Coevolution.” In Queering the Non/Human, ed. Noreen Giffney and Myra J. Hird (Ashgate, 2008), 185-204.

Book Reviews & Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Of Dogs and Dogmen.” Review of Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Activism, and American Popular Culture, by Gwyneth Anne Thayer. Humanimalia 6.1 (2014).
  • “Londoners and Other Animals.” Review of Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City, by Hannah Velten. Humanimalia 5.2 (2014).
  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London.” Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature. Ed. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones. McFarland, 2013. 198-199.
  • “Thinking Otherwise about Animals.” Review of Theorizing Animals: Rethinking Humanimal Relations, ed. Nik Taylor and Tania Signal. Humanimalia 4.1 (2012).

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants (Selected):

  • Conference Travel Award, WU Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (2015)
  • Human-Animal Studies Fellowship, co-sponsored by Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies (2013)
  • Bruns Essay Prize, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (2012)
  • Ruth Neikamp-Cummings Dissertation Fellowship, Indiana University Department of English (2011)
  • Course Development Grant, Indiana University Freshman Interest Groups Program (2008)
  • Certificate of Teaching and Learning, WU Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (2014-2015)
  • Certificate of Teaching and Learning, WU Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (2015-2016)

Conference Presentations (Selected):

  • “Surviving in the Pit: Companion-Species Entanglements and Suffering in Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones,” Animal Suffering: Interdisciplinary Investigations in Animal Studies Conference, Winfield, KS (2015).
  • “‘Meat for Natural Hunger’: Consuming Animals in Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself,’” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts [SLSA] Conference, Dallas, TX (2014).
  • Of Mad Dogs and Men: Race, Gender, and Animality in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God,” University of Chicago Animal Studies Workshop’s “Why Do Animal Studies?” Conference, Chicago, IL (April 2014).
  • Panel organizer and presenter, “The Straw Vegan and the Rhetoric of Selective Omnivorism,” SLSA Conference, Notre Dame, IN (October 2013).
  • “Interspecies Agency and Inhuman Narrative in Faulkner’s ‘The Bear,’” SLSA Conference, Milwaukee, WI (September 2012).
  • “Mongrelizing the Novel: Virginia Woolf’s Flush and the Limits of Novelistic Form,” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Bloomington, IN (June 2011).
  • “‘A Community of Beasts’: Reimagining Urban Modernity with J. R. Ackerley’s Dogs,” SLSA Conference, Indianapolis, IN (October 2010).

Professional Activities and Affiliations:

  • Co-Editor and Reviews EditorHumanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies 
  • Co-Editor, Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies http://www. sloth
  • Modern Language Association
  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Animals and Society Institute
  • National Council of Teachers of English