Chair Biographies

- Distinguished Chair 2013-2014 1st semester : Cristanne Miller

- Distinguished Chair 2013-2014 2nd semester : Joshua Otaigbe 

1st Semester

September 2013 - January 2014

c-miller_webuseDr. Cristanne Miller
SUNY Distinguished Professor and
Edward H. Butler Professor of Literature
University at Buffalo, SUNY

Hosted by Université de Paris Diderot - Paris 7
Antoine Cazé
Professeur des Universités


Cristanne Miller received her PhD in 1980 and proceeded to a position as assistant professor at Pomona College, where she remained for 26 years--there receiving two teaching awards and being promoted to a distinguished professorship; at Pomona she served as the chair of Women's Studies, American Studies, and the English Department. In 2006, Cristanne took a position as the Chair of the English Department at the University at Buffalo SUNY where she has remained since, as Edward H. Butler and SUNY Distinguished Professor. She has written monographs and edited major collections in the fields of nineteenth-century American poetry and modernist poetry, in particular on Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, a comparative study of literary community and gender in Berlin and New York, and on U.S. Civil War poetry. Additionally, she has co-edited The Selected Letters of Marianne Moore, The Women and Language Debate, and Feminist Measures: Soundings in Poetry and Theory. She is currently preparing a new annotated (and genetic) edition of Dickinson's complete poems for Harvard University Press and writing a monograph titled "Poetry After Gettysburg." She also edits the Emily Dickinson Journal.

Public Conferences

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Inaugural lecture:  "All the slain soldiers:  Poetry and the American Civil War"
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place:  Université Paris Diderot, Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges - Amphi 2, rue Albert-Einstein, 75013 Paris

Monday, December 2, 2013
"A Poem By Any Other Name: Editing Theory and Dickinson's Manuscripts"
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place: Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, T
he Grand Amphi, Institut du Monde Anglophone, 5 rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6e.

Friday, December 13, 2013
“Dickinson, the Ballad, and American Experiments in Nineteenth-century Verse Forms”.
After the lecture, seminar on 4 poems: The Soul Selects her own Society, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, I can wade Grief, Sang from the Heart, Sire
Time:  10:30-12:00
Place:  Lumière Lyon 2

Jan 16-20, 2014,  International conference “US Modernist Poetics from HD to Rachel Blau DuPlessis” 
Thursday, Jan 16 Plenary address—45-50 minutes “(Women Writing) The Modernist Line” (organizer: Clément Oudart)
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Place:  Université de Toulouse II

Emily Dickinson:  A Poet's Grammar.  Harvard University Press, 1987.  [Chapter reprinted in New Century Views of Emily Dickinson, ed. Judith Farr; Prentice-Hall, 1996.]

Comic Power in Emily Dickinson.  Co-authored with Suzanne Juhasz and Martha Nell Smith.  University of Texas Press, 1993.

Marianne Moore:  Questions of Authority.  Harvard University Press, 1995. [Chapter reprinted in Marianne Moore, ed. Harold Bloom, Chelsea House, 2006.]

Cultures of Modernism: Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, Else Lasker-Schüler. Gender and Literary Community in New York and Berlin. University of Michigan Press, 2005.

Reading In Time: Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century. University of Massachusetts Press, May 2012.

Emily Dickinson:  A Celebration for Readers.  Edited with Suzanne Juhasz.  London and New York: Gordon & Breach, l989.  

The Women and Language Debate: A Sourcebook. Edited with Camille Roman and Suzanne Juhasz.  Rutgers University Press, 1994.  Online edition with, 1999; Kindle edition, 2010.

Feminist Measures: Soundings in Poetry and Theory. Edited with Lynn Keller.  University of Michigan Press, 1994.

Selected Letters of Marianne Moore. Edited with Bonnie Costello and Celeste Goodridge.  Knopf, 1997.

The Emily Dickinson Handbook. Edited with Roland Hagenbüchle and Gudrun Grabher.  University of Massachusetts Press, 1998; second printing 2004.

The Pearson Library of American Literature: A Custom Anthology. Edited with John Bryant, Jacqueline McLendon, Robin Schulze, and David Shields. Pearson Custom Publishing, January 2003. Period editor for 1865-1914, with responsibilities for selection of texts, period introduction, annotations, and author headnotes.

 “Words for the Hour”: A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry. Edited with Faith Barrett. University of Massachusetts Press, 2005.

Critics and Poets on Marianne Moore: “A right good salvo of barks”. Edited with Linda Leavell and Robin G. Schulze. Bucknell University Press, 2005.

“Distrusting: Marianne Moore on Feeling and War in the 1940s.” American Literature, 80.2 (2008): 353-379.

“Tongues ‘loosened in the melting pot’: The Poets of Others and the Lower East Side.” Modernism/Modernity 14.3 (Fall 2007): 455-476.

Drum-Taps—Revision and Reconciliation.” Walt Whitman Quarterly 26.4 (Spring 2009): 171-96.

“Dickinson and the Ballad.” Genre 45.1 (Spring 2012): 29-56.

“Reading Mina Loy (and H.D.) in America.” Cambridge History of American Literature. Ed. Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2013).





2nd Semester

February-July 2014

Dr. Joshua Otaigbe
School of Polymers and High Performance Materials
University of Southern Mississippi

Hosted by Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 
UMR CNRS 5223, Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères 
aître de Conférences, HDR


Joshua Otaigbe earned his B.S. degree in industrial chemistry (1979) from the University of Benin, Nigeria and the Ph.D. degree in polymer science and engineering (1984) from The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK. In 1995, Joshua founded Flaney Associates LLC, a company that provides technical consulting to polymer, chemical, and advanced materials companies.  He has met requirements for British Chartered  Engineer status.  In 2002, Joshua Otaigbe joined The University of Southern Mississippi as the Professor of Polymer Engineering and Science. This followed a successful career in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, which he joined in 1994 and where he was later promoted to a tenured Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Materials Science & Engineering.  Before joining Iowa State University, Joshua worked as a Project Leader for Corning Incorporated and also held academic positions at the University of Alberta, Canada, and the University of Benin, in Nigeria. Professor Otaigbe has lectured widely throughout the world, and from 2003-2012 he was awarded invited visiting professorships in the Swiss Federal Institute of technology (ETH-Zurich) in Zurich, the French Engineering Universities, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) in Lyon, and in the Université Jean Monnet in Saint-Etienne. He has also received a number of awards including the prestigious US National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Best Paper-Polyolefins Award.  He holds seven patents and has published more than 110 scientific papers on these and related topics.


Public Conferences (to come)



Lanneluc R, Bounor-Legaré V, Fulchiron R, Katena J, Otaigbe JU. 2012. “Towards forced assembly of in situ LDPE composites reinforced with low-Tg phosphate glass fibers: Effects of matrix crystallization and shear deformation,” Polymer Engineering and Science, 52, 2090–2098.

Rawal A, Kong X, Meng Y, Otaigbe JU, Schmidt-Rohr K. 2011. “Reduced crystallinity and mobility of nylon 6 confined near the organic–inorganic interface in phosphate glass-rich nanocomposite detected by 1H–13C NMR,” Macromolecules, 44(20), 8100–8105.

Urman K, Otaigbe JU. 2007. “Phosphate Glass/polymer hybrids: Current status and future prospects,” Progress in Polymer Science, 32, 1462–1498. (Invited review paper). 

Yudin VE, Otaigbe JU. 2011. “Thermally Stable Polyimide/4,4’-bis(4-aminophenoxy) phenylsulfone-modified Clay Nanocomposites,” In: “Thermally Stable and Flame Retardant Polymer Nanocomposites," V. Mittal (Ed.), Cambridge University Press, New York. (Invited Book Chapter).

Madbouly SA, Otaigbe JU. 2009. “The Processing, Structure and Properties of Elastomeric Fibers,” In: Handbook of Textile Fiber Structure. Volume 1: Fundamentals and Manufactured Polymer Fibers. Chap. 19,” Woodhead Publishing, Oxford, England. (Invited Book Chapter).

Guo Y-L, Wang W, Otaigbe JU. 2010. Biocompatibility of Synthetic Poly(ester urethane)/ Polyhedral Oligomeric Silesquioxane Matrices With Embryonic Stem Cell Proliferation and Differentiation, Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Vol. 4, 553-564.

Madbouly SA, Otaigbe JU. 2009. “Recent advances in synthesis, characterization and rheological properties of polyurethanes and POSS/polyurethane nanocomposites dispersions and films,” Progress in Polymer Science, Vol. 38, 1283–1332. (Invited Review Paper). 

Sumpter BG, Noid DW, Barnes MD, Otaigbe JU. 2003. “Polymeric nanoparticles,” in Encyclopedia of  Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Academic Science Publishers, Vol. 8, 873–903. (Invited Review Chapter).

U.S. Patent 6,461,546 (2002) (to UT-Battelle/Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.).  "Apparatus For and Method of Producing Monodisperse Submicron Polymer Powders From Solution" (with D.W. Noid, M.D. Barnes, B.G. Sumpter, and C.-Y Kung).

Konuklar G, Carriere CJ, Otaigbe JU. 2003. “Macrostructure and Viscosity of Aggregating Colloidal Casein Micelles Under Strong Shearing Force,” Special Publication – Royal Society of Chemistry, Vol. 284 (Food Colloids, Biopolymers and Materials), 93-99, (Invited Book chapter edited by E. Dickinson and T. van Vliet).

Otaigbe JU. 1997. “Advances in cyclomer technology for thermoplastic composites manufacture", Trends in Polymer Science, 5, 1–23. (Invited review paper).





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