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Kara Kendall-Morwick

Kara Kendall-Morwick

Director CTEL/Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Morgan Hall
Room 204A
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: Associate Professor, 2019-present; Assistant Professor, 2013-2019

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

DePauw University: Part-time Instructor, 2012

  • EN 300 VD, Advanced College Writing
Scholarly Interests/Activities

British, American, and Anglophone literature (especially since 1900)
Animal and environmental studies
Women's, gender, and queer studies
Postcolonial and critical race studies.



Canis Modernis: Modernism and Human/Dog Coevolution (forthcoming with Penn State University Press)

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).


Invited Talks:

“Reexamining Intersections of Race, Gender, and Animality,” KU Hall Center for the Humanities “Nature and Culture: Animal Natures” Seminar, Lawrence, KS (2018).

Conference Presentations:

“‘In whose language / Am I’: M. Nourbese Philip’s Dehumanist Poetics,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA (2020). 

"Intersections of Race, Gender, and Animality in M. Nourbese Philip’s She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks,” Minding Animals Conference, Mexico City, Mexico (2018).

Panel chair and presenter, “Companion-Species Entanglements in Narratives of Hurricane Katrina,” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment [ASLE] Conference, Detroit, MI (2017).

“Queering the Family: Dogs in Modernist Life Writing,” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, Louisville, KY (2016).

“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,” “Why Do Animal Studies?” Conference, Chicago, IL (2014).

Panel organizer and presenter, “The Straw Vegan and the Rhetoric of Selective Omnivorism,” SLSA, Notre Dame, IN (2013).


Reviews Editor, Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies (2016-present; Editorial Collective Member 2014-2016)

Associate Editor, Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies (2016-present; Co-Editor 2014-2016)
Service Interests/Activities
Selected Service Activities:

Academic Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2018-present)
Institutional Review Board (2016-present)
English Department Literature Emphasis Committee (member 2013-present, chair 2018-2019)
General Education Committee (2015-2019)
College Faculty Council (2016-2019)
VPAA Search Committee Humanities Division Representative (2016-2017)
Helping Hands Humane Society (2013-present)
Topeka Community Cat Fix (volunteer 2014-present, board member 2019-present)

Recognition for Service:

English Departmental Service Award (2018)
Helping Hands Humane Society Volunteer of the Month (October 2015 & September 2017)
Career Accomplishments

Selected Awards:

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)

Selected Professional Development:

CTEL Certificate of Teaching and Learning (earned every year since first offered in 2014-2015)
CTEL Certificate of Inclusive Teaching (earned every year since first offered in 2018-2019)
Quality Online Course Initiative (2018)

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