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College of Liberal Arts Welcomes New Faculty Members

October 27, 2010

The College of Liberal Arts welcomes two new assistant professors this year, Courtney Marshall, who holds a joint appointment in the English department and women's studies program, and Szu-Feng Chen, appointed to the faculty of the theatre and dance department.

Courtney Marshall
English and Women’s Studies

Szu-Feng Chen
Theatre and Dance

Cortney Marshall

Courtney Marshall is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the department of English and the Women’s Studies Program. Marshall earned her B.A. at Rutgers, and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation was titled “Sisters in Crime: Black Femininity, Law, and Literature in American Culture.”
Marshall developed and taught more than a half dozen courses at California State University at Long Beach, the University of Redlands, and the University of California, Los Angeles, some of which included “Gender, Crime, and American Prisons,” “Introduction to LGBT Studies,” and “Black Women Writers and the 1960s.” Marshall’s research interests include African-American literature, critical race feminism, queer ethnic studies, and law and popular culture. She has published the essay “Barksdale Women: Crime, Empire, and the Production of Gender” in the collection The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television (Continuum, 2009), a book review in Routledge’s peer-reviewed Women’s Studies journal, as well as scholarly articles in UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women newsletters. At UCLA, she served as a tutor in the Incarcerated Youth Program, co-organized the Los Angeles Queer Studies Conference, was a program assistant to the LGBT Studies Program and served on the board of the LGBT Center, and was editorial assistant for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Marshall held a lecturer position in English and Women’s Studies at UNH during the 2009–10 academic year.

Szu-Feng Chen

Szu-Feng Chen is an assistant professor in the department of theatre and dance. She earned her B.F.A. from Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan and her M.F.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. A specialist in theatrical design, Chen will design sets, costumes, and, in some cases, lighting for theatre and dance season productions.
Chen has designed professionally for a number of organizations, most recently the Swine Palace in Baton Rouge, Prose and Content Production in New York City (for which she won an Outstanding Set Design Award from the New York International Fringe Festival), and the Dance Repertory Theater in Austin. She has been an assistant designer for a Yo-Yo Ma production at Lincoln Center, Julie Taymor’s “Spider-Man” musical on Broadway, and Cirque du Soleil’s “Oasis,” among other productions. Chen’s designs have been selected several times for international exhibitions: The World Stage Design Gallery and Digital Exhibit in both 2009 and 2005, the Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition in 2007 and 2003, and the Beijing Annual Theatre Design Exhibition in 2006. In the classroom, Chen has taught digital rendering, scenic painting, and property production at the University of Texas, and scenic design at Louisiana State University. At UNH, she will teach set and costume design.


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