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Andrew White

DEPARTMENT: Language & Literature Dept

POSITION: Associate Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 219

PHONE: (540) 432-4162


Andrew White is a native of Western Oregon. After completing a bachelor’s degree, Andrew spent two years doing volunteer work in Eastern Europe – mostly in Bulgaria. Returning to the USA, he went on to earn an M.A. in English at Oregon State University (1999) and a Ph.D. in English at Washington State University (2003).

Before coming to EMU in August 2008, Andrew taught at the American University in Bulgaria, an American-style residential, liberal arts college in the Balkans. His research interests include early American literature (esp. religion), ethnic studies, and Balkan studies. Andrew teaches courses in literary studies (including Shakespeare and ethnic literatures), first-year writing, and speech.


Ph.D. English, Washington State University (Pullman, Washington, 2003)
Emphases: American Literature (to 1914), British Literature (18th Century), Spiritual Autobiography and Life-Writing
Dissertation: “‘Keeping Clear from the Gain of Oppression’: ‘Public Friends’ and the De-Mastering of Quaker Race Relations in Late Colonial America” (Albert von Frank, Ph.D., Advisor)

M.A. English, Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon, 1999)
Emphasis: American Literature, Minor: History
Thesis: “Counterfeit Utopias: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Response to the Culture of Reform” (David Robinson, Ph.D., Advisor)

B.A. English, Warner Pacific College, Portland, Oregon (1997)


Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal: “‘Grandma, What’s Your Name Now?’: Life-Narratives, Portraiture, and Reclaiming Identity in the Balkans.” [co-authored with Daria Borislavova White]. Pending publication in Bulgarian Studies.

Article in an Edited Reader: “John Woolman and Quaker Views on Slavery.” Colonial Era to the 19th Century in American Literature. Ed. Laura A. Leibman. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. Gale Researcher.

Book Review in a Peer-Reviewed Journal: Review of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning, by Jose Antonio Bowen (Jossey-Bass, 2012). For The Rocky Mountain Review, Vol. 69, No. 2 (Fall 2015): 259-262.

Book Review in a Peer-Reviewed Journal: Review of Being American in Europe: 1750-1860, by Daniel Kilbride (The John Hopkins University Press, 2013). For The Rocky Mountain Review, Vol. 68, No. 1 (Spring 2014): 94-97.

Article in a Peer-Reviewed Book: “Stability and Mobility: Hyperterritoriality and Ethnic Intersections on Andric’s Bridge on the Drina.” In Mobile Narratives: Travel, Migration, and Transculturation. Eleftheria Arapoglou, Monika Fodor, and Jopi Nyman, eds. New York: Routledge, 2014. (Ch. 18). 240-250. ISBN 13:978-0-415-82305-0.

Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal: “Splendor and Solemnity: Bach at Advent.” The Cresset: A Review of Literature, the Arts, and Public Affairs. Advent / Christmas 2013. 6-14.

Review in a Peer-Reviewed Journal: “Bach Cantatas” [Review of six new recordings of cantatas by J. S. Bach]. Co-author: Dr. Bradley Lehman. Early Music [Oxford University Press] 37:3 (August 2009): 508-511.

Article in a Peer-Reviewed Book: “‘Expanding in the Sun’: Margaret Fuller’s ‘Autobiographical Romance’ and the Hellenic Topography of Early American Feminism.” In Anglo-American Perceptions of Hellenism. Ed. Tatiani G. Rapatzikou. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 116-129. ISBN 9781847182487.

Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal: “A ‘Consuming’ Oppression: Sugar, Cannibalism and John Woolman’s 1770 Slave Dream.” Quaker History 96:2 (Fall 2007): 1-27.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

CIC (Council of Independent Colleges) Information Fluency in the Disciplines: Workshop on English and American Language and Literature. Louisville, Kentucky (March 2016). Three-day conference / workshop on technological and instructional collaboration between administration, faculty, and librarians.

PJSA (Peace and Justice Studies Association) Annual Conference. Harrisonburg, Virginia (October 2015): “’Grandma, What’s Your Name Now?’: Life-Narratives, Portraiture, and Reclaiming Identity in the Balkans.” (paper presentation with with Daria Borislavova White).

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association 69th Annual Convention. Santa Fe, New Mexico. (October 2015): “’The Land is Polluted with Blood’: The Seven-Years’ War and the Revitalization of Quaker Pacifism.”

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association 67th Annual Convention. Vancouver, Washington (October 2013): “Countering ‘the Gain of Oppression’: John Woolman, Southern Hospitality, and Slave Remuneration.”

Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature Eleventh Annual Conference, St. Louis University, Madrid, Spain (May 2013): “ The Anatomy of a Balkan Bridge: Gender, Identity, and the Foundation Sacrifice Story.”

Media and Mediated Performances of Ethnicity Eighth Biennial MESEA Conference, Barcelona, Spain (June 2012): “Picking Up the Simulacrum[b]s of the Past: Mostar’s New-Old Bridge and Bosnian Identity.”

World Literature / Comparative Literature American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada (March / April 2011): “Tortured Structures: Bridges, ‘Great Powers’, and Identity in the Balkans.”

Travel, Trade, and Ethnic Transformations Seventh Biennial MESEA Conference, Pecs, Hungary (June 2010): “Stability and Mobility: Ethnic Intersections on Andric’s Bridge.”