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Dr. Alison Mandaville

Coordinator, English Education and Credentialing

mandavilleDr. Alison Mandaville joined the English faculty at Fresno State in 2013. She specializes in Writing Studies, Comics and Graphic Literature, Translation, and American literature in a global context. She received the Provost's Award for Promising New Faculty (2017).

In 2007-2008, Dr. Mandaville served as a Fulbright Scholar in Azerbaijan and in 2010 received a follow-up Fulbright award to offer creative writing workshops to women in Baku and conduct research on the literary environment in the Caucasus. In 2011, she received a writing residency at Hypatia-in-the Woods to work on a poetry manuscript. She was a writer in residence at Hedgebrook in 2016 for her work on translation and has received two UNESCO grants to translate and edit collections of Azerbaijani women’s poetry.

Before returning to graduate school, Dr. Mandaville taught in the Oakland, California public school system for seven years. She is excited to be back in California working with pre-service English Teachers in the Central Valley. She will be on sabbatical 2017-2018.


MFA, Ph.D. — University of Washington

Certificate in Education — University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A. — University of California, Berkeley

Courses at Fresno State

ENGL 175T: Teaching Stories, Reading and Writing the Literature of Education

ENGL 193T: Teaching the Graphic Novel/Comics in the Classroom and Visual Literacy

ENGL 250T: Feminism and Science Fiction

ENGL131: Literacy Studies

ENGL 105: Introduction to Literary Analysis

ENGL197T: Portfolio Workshop

CI 161: Methods and Materials in Teaching English

Selected Publications

“Women and Literature in Azerbaijan: Creative Critical Literacy, an Asset Model of Peace-Building.” Book chapter. Conflict Management after Empire in Eurasia: beyond the Liberal Peace. Contracted, Rowman and Littlefield. Forthcoming 2017.

“Five Young Women Poets from Azerbaijan.” Article and Translations. With Shahla Naghiyeva. World Literature Today. March/April 2016: 22-30. Print.

“A Laboratory of Her Own: Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman and Third Wave U.S. Feminism.” Book chapter. The Ages of Wonder Woman. Ed. Joseph Darowski. MacFarland and Company, 2014. Print.

“U.S. History, Personally: Megan Kelso’s Alexander Hamilton Comics.” Book chapter. Comics and American Cultural History. Ed. Matthew J. Putschz. Bloomsbury, 2012. Print.

“A Visitation of Narratives: Dialogue and Comics in Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits.”Book chapter. Comics and the U.S. South. Eds. Brannon Costello and Qiana Whitted. U Mississippi Press, 2011. Print.

“Four Alphabets in 100 Years: State Control of Writing in Azerbaijan.” Book chapter. Reflections on Knowledge and Language in Middle Eastern Societies. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Print.

 “Mullahs to Donkeys: Cartooning in Azerbaijan.” Journal article. ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 5.3 (October 2010).  Web.

“Tailing Violence: Comics Narrative, Gender, and the Father-Tale in Art Spiegelman’s Maus.” Journal article. Philology: Special Issue on Violence and Representation 44.2 (2009): 216-248. Print.

“It’s a Word! No, It’s a Picture! Interdisciplinary Teaching of Graphic Literature.” Book chapter with JP Avila. Teachingthe Graphic Novel. Ed. Stephen Tabachnick.  Modern Language Association of America Press, 2009: 245-53. Print.

“Why I Teach Comics Literature.” Journal article. The Comics Journal 272  (2005): 168-178. Print.