Melissa Murata



Office: GSR 1.110A
Phone: 458-8623
Email: Melissa Murata

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook. 

A long-time Roadrunner, I graduated twice from UTSA before heading to SUNY Albany to work on my PhD. I specialize in Walt Whitman Studies, Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Print Culture, and Rhetoric and Composition. My infatuation with Walt Whitman is well documented and I have been know to spontaneously and enthusiastically break out in soliloquy on his many merits and contributions. In my free time, I am engaged in passionate affairs with Netflix, and my Basset Hound- Puck. 

 

Education:

Current- Ph.D. English, SUNY Albany

2012- M.A. English, University of Texas at San Antonio

2009- B.A. English and Classical Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio                   

 

Teaching Experience:

WRC 1013: Composition I (University of Texas at San Antonio): Fall 2015

ENG 240V Rewriting America- The American Bildungsroman (SUNY): Spring 2015

ENG 240V  Rewriting America- The American Short Story (SUNY): Summer 2014 (Online Course)

ENG 240V Rewriting America- American Poetry (SUNY): Spring 2014

ENG 240T Rewriting America- The American Short Story (SUNY): Fall 2013

ENG 310 (TA) Reading and Interpretation in English Studies (SUNY): Spring 2013

Writing Center Graduate Advisor (SUNY): Fall 2012

ENG 2013 (TA): Introduction to Literature (University of Texas at San Antonio): 2011, 2010

ENG 2263 (TA): American Literature I (University of Texas at San Antonio): 2010, 2009

ENG 2223 (TA): British Literature I (University of Texas at San Antonio): 2009

 

Select Conference Presentations and Seminars:

“Benito Cereno’s ending and Calvinism: an examination of the interconnections between God, biopower, and citizenry.” American Literature Association Symposium: God and the American Writer. San Antonio, Texas. February 2015.

The 6th International Whitman Week Seminar and Symposium." Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. June 2013

"Walt Whitman and the Literary Magazine." The 2013 English Graduate Symposium at the University of Texas at San Antonio: Technologies and Locales of Knowledge: An Interdisciplinary Symposium Exploring Discourse, Meaning, and Power., University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. March 2013. 

"Whitman's America and Song of Myself." 12th Annual College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research Conference., University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, March 2012.