Pascha Sotolongo Stevenson

Education

University of Nebraska Lincoln, PhD

University of Central Missouri, MA

Areas of Specialty

Undergraduate Education

Honors

Ethnic literatures

Women writers

Contemporary fiction

Literary slipstream

Creative Nonfiction

Children's Literature

Courses Regularly Taught

Introduction to English Studies

(In)Famous Orphans, Witches and Warriors of Children's Literature

Fantastic Journeys

Advanced Composition

Children's Literature

Personal Teaching Statement

I have a professional background in American Ethnic literatures, postcolonial theory, and contemporary fiction. These days, I especially enjoy teaching Honors seminars, children's literature, and all forms of speculative writing–especially literary slipstream (which I also author). I regularly advise Honors theses too. But whatever the topic, my courses invariably insist upon the profound value of both intellectual curiosity and imagination. Curiosity, because we are here less to demonstrate what we know than to discover and value what we don't. And imagination because, without it, empathy, innovation, and joy flounder. I also aim to approach teaching with the attitude of a public servant. To my students, my colleagues: tu eres mi otro yo–you are my other self. In giving to the community, I help create a space in which I too can flourish.

Select Awards and Publications

Three time recipient of the UNL Parents' Association Award for Contributions to Students

"The Only Sound is the Wind" Pleiades Journal

"Flight to Cuba" Saw Palm

"The Sound of Ava" finalist for the Machigonne Fiction Prize and publication in New Guard

"Spanish Girls" Penelope Niven Award for Creative Nonfiction

"Native: soy de florida." The Journal of Florida Literature

"Dreaming in Color: Race and the Spectacular in The Agüero Sisters and Praisesong for the Widow." Frontiers

"Ethan Frome and Charity Royall: Edith Wharton's Noble Savages." Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Journal