Assistant Professor of English, Allison E. Francis, served as chair of the English department from 2006-2009, and was instrumental in re-formulating the curriculum. Gender, ethnicity, poetry and dance are recurring themes in her various guest lectures and published articles. As an engaged professor, Dr. Francis teaches the craft of writing to undergraduates every year in her classes. She fosters a sense of why good writing is important, through classes that are designed to be both fun and challenging. Dr. Francis notes, "My students say I’m strict, but never boring," because she expects them to develop respect for the writing process, and to always do their best. Since Dr. Francis believes the spoken word is as important as the written word, she is a performance poet who performs at many venues in the state. She also is the facilitator for Aulama, the Chaminade student literary journal. Her chapter on black female writers in the 19th century marketplace will appear in the upcoming literary anthology, Imag(in)ing America: The Black Body in Literature.
B. A., University of California, Berkeley
in English Literature
M. A., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Thesis: "When The 'Unprotected' Body Speaks: The Narratives of Nineteenth Century Black Females in the Caribbean and the United States"
Currently Assistant Professor,
Women’s Literature: Online, Winter 2009
Short Story and the Novel: Online, Spring 2009
Publications Workshop: Poetry, Essays, Fiction, 2007-2009
Expository & Research Writing, Fall 2003-09
Victorian Literature, Spring 2006, 2009
Short Story and the Novel: Online 2007-2008
Women’s Literature, Fall 2003-08
Short Story and the Novel, Spring 2006-07
Imagining the Black Body in Hip Hop & Pop Culture, Spring 2005
Types of Literature, Spring 2004-05
Coordinator/Chair, English Department, Chaminade University 2006-2009
"The Culture of Sentiments and the Black Female Body in the Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace," Imag(in)ing America: The Black Body in Literature, Farleigh Dickinson University Press (2009)
"How the female body performs in The History of Mary Prince," Swinging Her Breasts at History: Language, Body and the Caribbean Woman's Text, Mango Publishing (2006)
"Manifesting Your Inner Joy," Inspiration to Realization II: Real Women Reveal Proven Strategies For Personal, Business, Financial and Spiritual Fulfillment, Love Your Life Publishing (December 2005)
"Traveling," Chaminade Quarterly (2009)
"Karla’s House," Chaminade Quarterly (2004)
"In the Attic or Beneath the Floorboards: How confined spaces become sites of resistance in the works of Harriet Wilson, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Jacobs." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, San Francisco, CA, November 2009.
"Serving the Spirit of Dance: A Study of Jean-Leon Destine, Lina Mathon Blanchet and Haitian Folkloric Traditions." Haitian Studies Association, Montrouis, Haiti, November 2008.
"The Consequences of "unrestrained perusal of Novels and Romances" in Tabitha Tenney’s Female Quixotism." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Riverside, CA, November 2006.