Stephanie Tsank, Ph.D.

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Stephanie Tsank is a lecturer in the Rhetoric Department at the University of Iowa. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa (2018), an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center (2012), and a B.A. in Literature/Writing from UCSD (2010). Stephanie's research focuses on how writers use food to depict immigrant characters in works of literary realism during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Her current book project on food, genre, and immigrant representation in American literature examines the work of Willa Cather, Stephen Crane, James Weldon Johnson, and others. Thus far, Stephanie has published extensively on Cather's fiction - with essays appearing in American Studies, Studies in American Naturalism, the Willa Cather Review, and Cather Studies


Stephanie is also a dedicated teacher and is committed to pedagogical development. She was one of two recipients of the UI's English Dept. W.R. Irwin Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016-2017, and has taught a wide range of courses at both the University of Iowa and at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, primarily in English and Rhetoric.  

Finally, Stephanie has amassed substantial editorial experience throughout the last decade, and is currently serving as Food Editor at Entropy Magazine for a fifth consecutive year.