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Alison Van Nyhuis

Van Nyhuis

Associate Professor
English Literature & Language  

Office:  Butler 129  
Phone:  (910) 672-2506   
Fax:      (910) 672-1425 



English Literature
University  of Florida, 2007


English Literature
University of Florida, 2003


Humanities, Cultural Studies Minor & Sociology Minor
Northwestern College, 2001

Central College Abroad

Granada, Spain, Spring 2000
London, England, Fall 1999


Professor Van Nyhuis earned her MA and PhD in English at the University of Florida, and her teaching and research interests include American studies, Caribbean studies, and postcolonial theory. Professor Van Nyhuis teaches face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses at FSU, such as undergraduate world literature courses and a graduate course on contemporary Caribbean literature. Her articles have appeared in various journals, such as The Journal of West Indian Literature and Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture. Professor Van Nyhuis has earned multiple awards since joining the FSU faculty in 2008, including the Department of English Service Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year Award, and FSU's Research Fellowship Award. 


ENGL 507: Bibliography and Methods of Research 

ENGL 470: Senior Seminar 

ENGL 212: World Literature II 

ENGL 211: World Literature I


Rev. of Caribbean Crossing: African Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement, by Sara Fanning. 39.3 Callaloo (2016): 720-23.

"The American Dream and American Greed in Fanny Fern's Ruth Hall: Sentimental and Satirical Discourse in the Popular Domestic Tale." Analyses / Rereadings / Theories: A Journal Devoted to Literature, Film and Theatre 5 (2015): 59-69.

"Domestic Work, Masculinity, and Freedom in Austin Clarke's Toronto Trilogy." Journal of West Indian Literature 22.1 (2013): 85-100.

"Reclaiming Caribbean Labor from the Global Marketplace: Sugar, Tourism, and Textiles in Alan Cambeira's Azúcar Trilogy." Margins: A Journal of Literature and Culture 2 (2012): 65-98.

"Caribbean Literature, North American Migration, and the American Dream." Atenea: A Bilingual Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences 32 (2012): 59-71.

"Textual Variance in Versions of S.T. Coleridge's Poetry: Reading 'The Picture; or, The Lover's Resolution' as a Poem, a Picture, and a Feminine Body." Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts 11.1 (2012): 17-33.

Rev. of Teaching Literature and Language Online, ed. Ian Lancashire. Modern Language Studies 42.1 (2012): 100-104.

"Teaching Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven in a Postcolonial Context." Radical Teacher 93 (2012): 51-52.

"American Dreams and Nightmares: Migration and Myth in Claude McKay's Twentieth-Century American Poetry." Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 62 (2011): 31-42.

"Negotiating Colonial Roots and Gendered Places: Machismo and Feminism in Esmeralda Santiago's América's Dream." Ometeca 16 (2011): 32-56.

"Example of a Well-Designed Course." Designing Better Learning ExperiencesNov. 2010.

"Revolution and Modern American Poetry: Genevieve Taggard's Calling Western Union." Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 52 (2006): 129-35.

"Moving Beyond Black and White Issues: Jewishness and Symbols of Womanhood in Abeng." Journal of West Indian Literature 13.1-2 (2005): 176-95.

Rev. of Consuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies, by Mimi Sheller. ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 35.3-4 (2004): 207-09.

"The Genevieve Taggard Effect: Producing Poetic Narratives and Literary Misfits." How2 2.1 (2003).

"Anthologies Containing Genevieve Taggard's Work," compiled with Julia Lisella. How2 2.1 (2003).

"Nationalistic Myopia: Pocomania's Reflection and Projection of the Jamaican Nation." Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture 2 (2002): 115-127. 

Funded Research, Grants, and Awards

Primary FSU Award Contact with UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Global Initiatives, Department of Education Title VI Grant, 2014-2016

Global Understanding Course Travel Award, FSU Office of International Education, 2015

Primary Award Contact, Advancing Internationalization through Collaborative Online International Learning Program, American Council on Education, Spring 2014–Spring 2015

Research Fellowship, Fayetteville State University, Academic Affairs, Fall 2012–Spring 2013

Course Reassignment for Research, Fayetteville State University, Department of English, Fall 2011

Research Stipend, Fayetteville State University, Graduate School, Summer 2011

Course Reassignment for Research, Fayetteville State University, Department of English, Spring 2011

Course Re-design Grant, Fayetteville State University, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Fall 2008–Spring 2009

General Education Project Grant, Shippensburg University, Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching, Spring 2008

Alumni Fellowship, University of Florida, Office of the Provost, Fall 2003–Summer 2007

A Constituent Institution of The University of North Carolina