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Divisional Dean for Humanities

Harry Wonham joined the CAS leadership team in January, 2020 as the Divisional Dean for Humanities.  He has been a member of the UO faculty in the Department of English since 1995, serving as its Head from 2006 to 2012.  He also served as Head of the Department of Theatre Arts from 2017 through 2019. His wide-ranging service to the university includes membership on the UO Faculty Personnel Committee (chair, 2014-15), the CAS Dean’s Advisory Group, the CAS Curriculum Committee (chair, 2003-04), the Undergraduate Council, and the Oregon Humanities Center Advisory Board.

Harry’s scholarship focuses on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture.  He is the author of Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale (1993) and Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature in American Literary Realism (2004), both published by Oxford University Press. His other books include a study of the short fiction of African American writer Charles W. Chesnutt (Twayne/Prentice Hall, 1997) and the edited volumes Criticism and the Color Line: Desegregating American Literary Studies (Rutgers, 1996) and Tales of Henry James (Norton Critical Editions, 2002).  Most recently, he has edited a new edition of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Norton Critical Editions, 2018) and an anthology of new critical essays, Mark Twain and Money: Language, Capital, and Culture (U Alabama P, 2017).

Harry has been a Fulbright lecturer at the Charles University in Prague and at the University of Mannheim in Germany, and he has taught as a visiting professor in Freiburg and Tubingen.  In 2013 he was  a scholar in residence at the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College.  He is currently Associate Editor of  the journal American Literary Realism (University of Illinois Press).  In the Eugene community, he has served as board chair of Oregon Contemporary Theater, formerly known as Lord Leebrick Theater, and he is a past president of the South Eugene Babe Ruth Baseball program.

Harry received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Princeton University in 1983.  After completing his Ph.D. in English at the University of Virginia in 1991, he spent two years on the faculty at St. John’s University in New York before relocating to the University of Oregon.