Nancy Grace

Nancy Grace

Virginia Myers Professor of English

Department/Affiliation: English
Phone: 330-263-2472
Office Address: 214 Kauke


  • B.A., Otterbein 1973
  • M.A., Ohio State 1981
  • Ph.D., Ohio State 1987

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 230: Literature of the Beat Generation
  • ENGL 230: Modernist Literatures
  • ENGL 240: The Odyssey of James Joyce’s Ulysses
  • ENGL 260: News Writing and Editing
  • ENGL 401: Junior Independent Study
  • FYSM 101: First-Year Seminar
  • WGSS 120: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • WGSS 310: Seminar in Feminist Learning & Teaching
  • WGSS 330: Feminist Methodologies


  • Teaching Beat Generation Writers, (MLA, in development), editor
  • The Transnational Beat Generation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), co-editor
  • Journal of Beat Studies (Pace UP, 2011 to the present), co-editor
  • The Beat Review (Beat Studies Association), editor (2007-2011)
  • Jack Kerouac and the Literary Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan—clothe, 2007; paper 2009)
  • 681 Lexington Avenue: A Beat Education in New York City 1947-1954 by Liz Von Vogt (Greater Midwest Publishing 2008), publisher and editor
  • Breaking the Rule of Cool: Interviewing and Reading Beat Women Writers (UP of Mississippi 2004), co-author/editor
  • Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation (Rutgers UP 2002), co-editor
  • The Feminized Male Character in Twentieth-Century Literature (Mellen 1995)

Articles (Selected List)

  • “A Literary History of the Beat Generation,” forthcoming in Cambridge Companion to Beat Literature, ed. Steven Belletto (Cambridge UP 2017)
  • “Diane di Prima’s Loba: Troubling Classical and Buddhist Traditions,” forthcoming in The Hip Sublime: Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition, eds. Sheila Murnaghan and Ralph Rosen (The Ohio State UP 2017)
  • “Diane di Prima as Playwright: The Early Years” in Beat Drama: Playwrights and Performances of the “Howl” Generation, ed. Deborah Geis, Methuen, 2016
  • “The Crisis in Beat Studies Scholarship: A Review of Capturing the Beat Moment: Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Presence” in Resources in American Literary Studies (2013)
  • “The Beat Fairy Tale and Transnational Spectacle Culture: Diane di Prima and William S. Burroughs” in The Transnational Beat Generation (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)
  • “Interview with Anne Waldman” in The Transnational Beat Generation (Palgrave-Macmillan 2012)
  • “Kerouac’s Confession: A Response to Spencer Dew’s ‘Devotion to Solipsism: Religious Thought and Practice in Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa’,” Religion and Culture Web Forum, The Martin Marty Center, The University of Chicago Divinity School, April 2010
  • “ruth weiss’s DESERT JOURNAL: A Modern-Beat-Pomo Performance” in Reconstructing the Beats, ed. Jennie Skerl (Palgrave Macmillan 2004)
  • “Margaret Sanger, Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Marcel Duchamp, and Mary Belenky Teach a Women’s Studies Course: A Discussion of Innovative Interdisciplinary Approaches to Feminist Pedagogy,” in Innovative Interdisciplinary Teaching, ed., Carolyn Haynes (Greenwood 2002)
  • “A White Boy in Love: A Study of Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity in Jack Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy, The Subterraneans, and Tristessa.” College Literature, special issue on Beat Writers, ed. Jennie Skerl (January 2000); reprinted in The Beat Generation: Critical Essays (Peter Lang 2002)
  • “An Exploration of the Interdisciplinary Character of Women’s Studies,” in Issues in Integrative Studies (1996)


  • Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl, documentary on Vertamae Grosvenor, written and directed by Julie Dash (forthcoming December 2016), consultant
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges on-site accreditation team at Centre College, KY, November 2015
  • Director, The Center for Diversity and Global Engagement (now Center for Diversity and Inclusion), 2012-2015
  • Chair, The Department of English, 1994–1997, 2000–2002, and 2011-2012
  • Chair, The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, 2009-2012
  • Grant Administrator, Five Colleges of Ohio Teagle-Funded Project to Assess Creativity and Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts; 2007-2009; coordinator of the Creativity Research Group, 2006-2007.
  • Director (founding) of the Program in Writing, 2000–2004
  • Writing Center Director, 1988–2001

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Winner of the Choice Top 100 Title in 2004 for Breaking the Rule of Cool and in 2007 for Jack Kerouac and the Literary Imagination
  • Specialist Reader: PMLA, College Literature, Journal of Western Literature, Contemporary Literature, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Clemson UP, U of Delaware P, MacFarland, and others
  • Modern Language Association
  • International James Joyce Society
  • Beat Studies Association (founding member)
  • European Studies Beat Network

Research Interests

Grant administrator for the Five Colleges of Ohio Teagle Foundation-funded project. View the Final Report 2006-09 (.pdf).