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Rebecca Mark

Rebecca Mark earned a B.A. in English Literature (1978) from State University of New York at Purchase, and her Ph.D. in English and American Literature (1986) from Stanford University.  Following her studies at Stanford,  she served as a Assistant Professor at St. Olaf College, before joining Tulane University's department of English in 1989.  She was a founding member and Director of Special Programs of the Deep South Regional Humanities Center and the Founding Executive Director of the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute.

Professor Mark currently serves as the Faculty Director for the Community Engagement Advocates (CEA) Program. She provides leadership in the design, development and assessment of the program curricula and develops administrative systems and procedures for the CEA, and coordinates, develops and supervises their professional development activities in conjunction with the Community Engagement Advocates Program Manager and Community Liaison.


  • Stanford University (1986), Ph.D., English and American Literature
  • State University of New York: College at Purchase (1978), B.A., English Literature


Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University,  (1993-      )
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University (1989-1993)
  • Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College, (1986-1989)
  • Instructor, Freshman English/Teaching Assistant, Stanford University (1979-1986)

Related Experience

  • Founding Executive Director of the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute (2006-2008)
  • Founding Member, The Deep South Regional Humanities Center (2000-2002)
  • Director of Special Programs, The Deep South Regional Humanities Center (2002-2004)


  • Phoenix Award, The Highest Award given by the Eudora Welty Society for Excellence in Scholarship, ALA San Francisco, 2010
  • President, Eudora Welty Society
  • Student Government Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)
  • Sheldon Hackney Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999)
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Tulane University (1998)
  • Greenbaum Research Grant, Newcomb Foundation, Tulane University (1997)
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Tulane University (1997)
  • Eudora Welty Award from the University Press of Mississippi (October, 1993)
  • Core Grant for Faculty Research
  • Randolph Reed Award for Excellence in Teaching (November, 1992)
  • Honors Professor of the Year, Tulane University (May, 1992)
  • Newcomb Foundation Grant for Spring Storytelling Festival (Spring 1993)
  • Ford Foundation ACSEPT Committee Course Development Grant (1991)
  • Newcomb Foundation Grant for Constructions of Gender and Sexuality Conference (1991)
  • Bernstein Grant, Tulane University (1990)
  • Editor's Choice Award for Lifting Belly, Lambda Book Awards for Gay and Lesbian Literature, American Booksellers Association (1990)

Selected Publications

  • “Ice Picks , Guinea Pigs, and Dead Birds: Dramatic Weltian Possibilities in “The Demonstrators” in Welty, Whiteness and Race, Editor Harriet Pollack, University of Georgia Press, 2012. In press: Publication date: Fall 2012
  • “Carnival Geeks and Voodoo Healing: The Performance of White Guilt and African-American Empowerment in Eudora Welty’s “Keela, the Outcast Indian Maiden” will appear in Mississippi Quarterly 62.1, Winter 2008-09. 
  • “As They Lay Dying: Or Why We Should Teach, Write About And Read, Eudora Welty Instead Of, Because Of, As Often As William Faulkner” in the Faulkner Journal XIX.2 Spring 2004
  • “Wild Strawberries, Cataracts, and Climbing Roses: Clitoral and Seminal Imagery in  The Optimists’ DaughterMississippi Quarterly, Spring 2003
  • “Buses and Bells: School Desegregation in Eudora Welty’s Losing Battles” in Must the Writer Crusade,  Louisiana State University Press, 1999
  • “Lavender Labors or Activist Mothering” Silent Parenting in the Academy University of Illinois Press, 1997
  • "Teaching From the Open Closet," In Listening to `Silences':  New Essays in Feminist Criticism (Forthcoming from Oxford University Press, 1993)
  • "Becky Birtha," for Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States:  A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook ed. by Denise Knight and Sandra Pollack (Forthcoming, Greenwood Press, 1993)
  • "Why Are We Whispering," in Women's Studies March, 1992


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