Dr. Kathleen Godfrey
Dr. Kathleen Godfrey serves as chair of the Department of English. She has been a professor at Fresno State since 1999. Her teaching interests include secondary English teaching methods, American Indian literature, and literacy studies. She was awarded the Classroom Excellence Award from the California Association for Teachers of English in 2008. From 2006-2018, she served as director and principal investigator of the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project (SJVWP), a professional development organization for teachers.
Dr. Godfrey has published on women's writing, American Indian literature, and various aspects of teaching. In addition to making numerous presentations at local schools and national/international conferences, she was awarded a Fulbright, working as a Roving Scholar in Norway during the 2008-2009 academic year. She also was an NEH scholar in 2018 studying The Native American West: A Case Study of the Columbian Plateau.
Her most recent work has focused on recovering the story of Julia Pastrana, an indigenous Mexican woman who performed throughout the eastern U.S. and Europe during the 1850s. Find her work in her digital humanities project: Julia Pastrana Online.