Carolyn Kuchera

Carolyn Kuchera

Assistant Professor

I like the following a good deal: good coffee, dark chocolate, Scrabble, cribbage, reading, saunas, hikes, bike rides, music, camping, crosswords, sewing, cooking, microbrews, porches, trains, and hot springs.

My research interests involve American literary depictions of farmers and rural types, especially from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. I'm interested in the trope of vanishing as it relates to farmers and agricultural practices and in the nostalgia evoked by such disappearances. I'm currently studying a little-known Midwest regionalist John T. Frederick (1893-1975)-- farmer, author, professor, Federal Writer's Project regional director, and radio personality--as an example of the radical possibilities of the agrarian tradition.

  • PhD, University of New Mexico, 2011, English
  • MA, Portland State University, 2006, English
  • BA, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, 2001, English
  • English 110: Accelerated Composition, English
  • English 120: Analysis & Argument
  • English 150: Study of Literature
  • 5 years teaching composition and literature at UNM-Albuquerque, 1 year teaching composition at Central New Mexico Community College, and currently in my fourth year teaching composition at UNM-Gallup.
  • Kuchera, Carolyn. "Manifest Destiny." In Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature. Eds. Jackson Bryer, Richard Kopley, and Paul Lauter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • "Radical and Rooted: The Radicalism of Tradition in the Life and Work of Midwest Regionalist John T. Frederick." 2013. Submitted to Western American Literature.
  • "A Recovered Interview with W.D. Howells." American Literary Realism 44.1 (Fall 2011): 74-79.