Alana Dagenhart


JWU Faculty Since 2008

Professor Alana Dagenhart

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About Alana

I defended my dissertation in ecopoetics in March of 2016 and I published my first book of poetry in July of the same year. In my scholarship and in my poems—through a lens of ecocriticism, I study how poems grow from the land, how place informs poetry, and how poesis serves poets in writing and memorializing place. I also study how spaces of oppression and deterritorialization can silence the voices of people of color and reinforce hegemonic ideology. An effective study of any literature should compare texts from many perspectives to examine trans-hemispheric aspects of; culture, gender, ethnicity, critical theory, diaspora, marginalization, and concepts of home. I believe literature must be read in context of the greater historical framework that produces it.


  • Ph.D., English; Literature & Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, Queens University
  • M.A., English, Gardner-Webb University
  • B.A., English, University of North Carolina Charlotte.,

The hurricane does not roar in pentameter. Kamau Brathwaite

Teaching Interests

Literature of the Americas, creative writing, African American literature, post colonialism, Chilean poetics, ecopoetics, global literature, place studies, multi-ethnic literature, critical theory, poetry, composition strategies, and pedagogy.

Scholarly Interests

My current research is in poetry and cultural studies of Central and South America, and what it means to be a citizen of the larger Americas versus just a citizen of the United States. I also write poetry.


  • ENG1020 English Composition
  • LIT3030 Studies In Poetry
  • ILS4080 Things That Go Bump In The Night

Q&A with Alana

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Get involved. Meet as many people as you can, and utilize the faculty to get the most out of your education. Everyone here should know your name. We can't wait to see what you can do!

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Arts & Sciences