Professor Melissa Dennihy - English

Title: Assistant Professor
Address: Department of English
Humanities Building, Room H-415
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364-1497
Phone: (718) 631-6610

B.A. in English, General Literature and Rhetoric, Binghamton University, SUNY, 2006
M.A. in English, General Literature and Rhetoric, Binghamton University, SUNY, 2007
Ph.D. in English, Certificate in American Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2014


Professor Dennihy’s research and teaching interests focus on composition, pedagogy, language and literacy studies, and multi-ethnic U.S. literatures.  She has published essays and reviews in book collections and journals such as Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Teaching American Literature, MELUS and Southern Studies, and is also a columnist for the higher education news site Inside Higher Ed

At Queensborough, Professor Dennihy teaches composition, Introduction to Literature, and the American Literature Survey: Civil War-Present, as well as partially online courses. Teaching is Professor Dennihy’s favorite aspect of the profession—she loves working and learning with students. 


“‘Forget What You Learned in High School!’: Bridging the Space between High School and College.”  Teaching English in the Two-Year College 43.2 (2015): 156-169.

“New Canons: Students Constructing American Literature Courses and Anthologies.”  Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 8.1 (2015): 23-44.

“Investigative Research Essay: Exploring Local Issues.” Practical Composition: Exercises for the English Classroom from Working Instructors. Eds. Russell Brickey, Laura L. Beadling, and Evelyn Martens. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2014. 20-24.

“Locating Home: The South as Alternative to Migration in Zora Neale Hurston’s Short Stories.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 20.1 (2013): 1-26.

“Review: Naming Jhumpa Lahiri: Canons and Controversies.” Ed. Lavina Dhingra and Floyd Cheung. MELUS 37.3 (2012): 239-241.

“Globalization’s Discontents: Reading ‘Modernity’ From the Shadows.” Critical Responses to Kiran Desai. Eds. Sunita Sinha and Bryan Reynolds.  New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2009. 1-20.


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