Nancy St. Clair

Professor of English

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Mary Berry Hall 322
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1982
B.S.S., Cornell College, 1974

In the nineteen years Nancy St. Clair has taught at Simpson College she has taught a variety of courses in English literature ranging from The Age of Chaucer to Twentieth Century British literature as well as classes in Women’s Studies and writing-almost all areas . As a scholar she focuses on young adult literature and literacy issues and has published two books, Declarations of Independence: Empowered Girls in Young Adult Literature and The Distant Mirror: Reflections on Young Adult Historical Fiction. She is currently finishing a study of immigration narratives tentatively titled, We Are Almost All Foreigners Everywhere scheduled for publication in 2009.  She has led May Term trips to Brazil, Greece, Turkey, and China.

Nancy has been the recipient of Simpson’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Research Award and the Faculty Leadership Award. She has served as director of the Cornerstone program and Senior Colloquium program, the Liberal Arts Seminar (LAS) program, chaired a variety of committees as well as the English department and is currently chair of the Humanities Division. She is also the faculty advisor for Sophia, Simpson’s women’s action group. When not teaching, reading or writing St. Clair is following Voltaire’s advice and tending her garden.

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