Rebecca Dyer received her PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and started her career at Rose-Hulman that same year. She regularly teaches RH 330 Technical and Professional Communications (a junior-level requirement) as well as HSSA elective film and literature courses. She has also taught at universities abroad while on leave from Rose-Hulman. In 2015-16, she taught a variety of courses to English majors (undergrad and grad level) at the Université d’Orléans in France. She also had the opportunity to teach at Lebanese American University in Beirut in 2007-08 when she was there on a Fulbright Scholar's Grant.

She is an active scholar in literary and film studies and has published articles in JMLCultural PoliticsCollege LiteraturePMLAObsidian III, and Cultural Critique. Her most recent publication--a book chapter about Graham Greene's 1940s master and servant representations--is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. She has a book in the works, which she hopes to finish in 2021. You are welcome to read some of her publications here:

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, English, 2002
  • MA, University of Tulsa, English, 1995
  • BS, Oklahoma State University, Journalism, 1989

Awards & Honors

  • Fulbright Traditional Scholars Award (teaching and conducting research) Lebanon, 2007-08
  • Scholar of the Year Award, Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2007

Research Experiences

  • Representations of servants and workers in contemporary literature and film
  • Depictions of cities, memorials, and public spaces in transnational literature
  • Migration narratives

Select Publications & Presentations

  • “Representing London Servitude, Undeclared Work, and the Black Market,” Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, and Transformations, Modern Language Association International Symposia: Translating the Humanities, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016 
  •  “Class and Anticolonialism in Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey’s The Servant,Journal of Modern Literature, 38.4, 147-67, Summer 2015
  • “Colonial Discourse and Dissent in Rashid al-Daif’s and Joachim Helfer’s Contributions to the West-Eastern Divan,” in Rashid al-Daif and Joachim Helfer’s What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas Press, 198-213, 2015
  • Dyer, R. and Mulot, F., “Mahmoud Darwish in Film: Politics, Representation, and Translation in Jean-Luc Godard’s Ici et Ailleurs and Notre Musique,Cultural Politics, 10.1, 70-91, March 2014
  • “Politics Channeled through Religious Belief: Capital and Servitude in Leila Aboulela’s Minaret,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New York University, 2014
  • “Representations of the Migrant Domestic Worker in Hoda Barakat’s The Tiller of Waters and Danielle Arbid’s In the Battlefields,College Literature, 37.1, 11-37, Winter 2010        
  • “Stephanie Black as Silent Witness and Student of Global Trade in Life and Debt,” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, 2013  
  • “The Limits of Transcultural Critique in Leila Aboulela’s Minaret,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 2011  
  • “Mahmoud Darwish in Sarajevo: Jean-Luc Godard’s Representation of the Poet in Notre Musique,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, 2010 
  •  “Poetry of Politics and Mourning: Mahmoud Darwish’s Genre-Transforming Tribute to Edward W. Said,” Remapping Genre (Special issue of PMLA), 122.5, 1447-1462, October 2007

Teaching Interests

  • Transnational and postcolonial literature and film
  • 20th and 21st Century British literature
  • Arabic literature in translation
  • Academic writing, and textual analysis
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