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Dinsman, Melissa

Dinsman, Melissa

Associate Professor

English

Phone: 718-262-2525
Office Location: AC-2B10
Email: mdinsman@york.cuny.edu

Melissa Dinsman is Assistant Professor of English and author of Modernism at the Microphone: Radio, Propaganda, and Literary Aesthetics During World War II (2015). Her research focuses on WWII women writers, the politics of the domestic, and information networks. Dinsman is currently at work on her next book project, which explores the ways British women writers sold WWII to the American public. With her colleague, Heather Robinson, Dinsman also writes about Violet Hunt, a forgotten interwar female writer. Some of Dinsman’s most recent work can be found in Modernism/modernity, International Yeats Studies, the new Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English collection, and Public Books. She also currently serves as co-President of the Space Between society.

Office Hours

DayTime
Tuesdays12:00-2:00

Education

DegreeInstitutionFieldDates
PhD University of Notre Dame Literature 2013 
MA University of York Modern Literature 2006 
BA University of Nevada, Las Vegas English and German 2003 

Areas of Expertise

  • 20th-Century British and American Modernism
  • World War II Literature
  • Media Studies

Publications in Field Of Expertise

Books

Articles

Chapters

  • Dinsman, Melissa. "Art, Propaganda, and Truth." Guide to Politics and Literature in English. Routledge Invited and Forthcoming: Sept. 2022: 15 pages.

Non Refereed Proceedings

  • Dinsman, Melissa. "Late to the Party." Modernism/modernity’s “In These Times”. Feb. 7, 2017: .

Reviews

Other

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

  • CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Visual Studies: 2015-2016.

Grants-In-Aid

  • Women Writing Women’s Lives: Kathy Chamberlain Research Award, Violet Hunt’s Circle: The Second Life of South Lodge. Mar. 2023-Mar. 2024: $600.
  • PSC-CUNY, Edited Collection: Domestic Politics: Women’s Private Lives and Public Writing in the Mid-Century. July 2022: $3499.45.
  • PSC-CUNY, Edited Collection: Domestic Politics: Women’s Private Lives and Public Writing in the Mid-Century. July 2021: $3499.45.
  • PSC-CUNY, War Made Palatable: Selling British Domestic Upheaval to America. July 2020: $3499.45.
  • PSC-CUNY, Weaponized Modernism: Surveillance in WWII British Literature. July 2019: $3499.45.
  • Modernist Studies Association, Weaponized Modernism. 2019-2020: $1,000.
  • William Stewart Travel Award, MSA Conference Travel. Jan. 2019: $300.
  • Runner Up, Research in the Classroom Grant (CUNY), Reading New York: Augmenting Literature to Discover History. spring 2018: $1,000.
  • Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (CUNY), Weaponized Modernism: Surveillance in WWII British Literature. spring 2018: course release.
  • CLIR Visual Studies Digital Humanities Grant Extension, Reading Cities. Oct. 2017: $2,100.
  • PSC-CUNY, Weaponized Modernism and the Home Front: Surveilling the Enemy Within. July 2017: $3,490.
  • William Stewart Travel Award, MSA Conference Travel. Nov. 2016: $300.
  • CLIR Visual Studies Digital Humanities Grant, Reading Cities. 2016-2017: $5,000.

Offices Held In Professional Societies

  • Co-President, The Space Between Society: July 2019 - present.
  • Web Manager, The Space Between Society: July 2018 - June 2020.
  • Co-Web Manager, The Space Between Society: July 2017 - June 2018.
  • Advisory Board Member, The Space Between Society: July 2016 - June 2018.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

  • Peer-reviewer for Fordham University Press (book proposal): 2022.
  • Peer-reviewer for Bloomsbury University Press (book proposal): 2022.
  • Peer-reviewer for Edinburgh University Press (book proposal): 2021.
  • Conference Committee, The Space Between Society: 2020-2021.
  • Mentorship Committee, The Space Between Society: 2020-2021.
  • Peer-reviewer for Clemson University Press (book proposal): 2020.
  • Peer-Reviewer for London Literary Journal: 2020.
  • Peer-reviewer for Routledge (book manuscript): 2019.
  • Peer-reviewer for The Space Between: 2019.
  • Peer-reviewer for Journal of Modern Periodical Studies: 2018.
  • Peer-reviewer for Modernist Cultures: 2017 - 2018.
  • Peer-reviewer for Radical History Review: 2016.