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Stephen M. Gorn Family Assistant Professor of English: Melissa E. Sanchez

October 11, 2011, Volume 58, No. 07


Melissa E. Sanchez has been named the Stephen M. Gorn Family Assistant Professor of English in the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Sanchez conducts research on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and focuses on gender, sexuality and politics in early modern England.

Dr. Sanchez currently serves on the executive committee of the Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and she is the director of the English Undergraduate Honors Program. She also serves as a faculty sponsor for the Gender and Sexuality Studies Group. She has served on the International Spenser Society Executive Board since 2008.

Dr. Sanchez received her doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, and came to Penn from San Francisco State University in 2006. Her first book, titled Erotic Subjects: The Sexuality of Politics in Early Modern English Literature (Oxford University Press), was published this year, and she is currently working on her second. She has presented her work at numerous conferences and symposia nationally and internationally.

The Gorn professorship was endowed by the Stephen M. Gorn Family Foundation. Mr. Gorn, C’84, is president and chief executive officer at Questar Properties, a developer of planned communities in the mid-Atlantic.

Almanac - October 11, 2011, Volume 58, No. 07