Andrew White

Andrew White

Office Phone: (540) 432-4162


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 219

Associate Professor

Language & Literature Dept

Andrew White is a native of Western Oregon. He grew up near Portland, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. One of the most memorable events of his childhood was the eruption of Mount Saint Helens (65 miles north of Portland) on May 18, 1980.

After completing a bachelor’s degree, Andrew spent two years doing volunteer work in Eastern Europe – mostly in Bulgaria. Returning to the USA, he went on to earn an M.A. in English at Oregon State University (1999) and a Ph.D. in English at Washington State University (2003).

Before coming to EMU in August 2008, Andrew taught at the American University in Bulgaria, an American-style residential, liberal arts college in the Balkans. His research interests include early American literature, ethnic studies, and Balkan literature. Andrew teaches courses in literary studies (including Global Literatures II, Shakespeare, and ethnic literatures), first-year writing, and speech.


Ph.D. English, Washington State University (Pullman, Washington, 2003)
Emphases: American Literature (to 1914), British Literature (18th Century), Spiritual Autobiography and Life-Writing
Dissertation: “‘Keeping Clear from the Gain of Oppression’: ‘Public Friends’ and the De-Mastering of Quaker Race Relations in Late Colonial America” (Albert von Frank, Ph.D., Advisor)

M.A. English, Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon, 1999)
Emphasis: American Literature, Minor: History
Thesis: “Counterfeit Utopias: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Response to the Culture of Reform” (David Robinson, Ph.D., Advisor)

B.A. English, Warner Pacific College, Portland, Oregon (1997)


  • Article in a Peer-Reviewed Book: “Stability and Mobility: Hyperterritoriality and Ethnic Intersections on Andric’s Bridge on the Drina.” In Mobile Narratives: Travel, Migration, and Transculturation. Eleftheria Arapoglou, Monika Fodor, and Jopi Nyman, eds. New York: Routledge, 2013. (Ch. 18). 240-250. ISBN 13:978-0-415-82305-0.
  • Article in a Peer-Reviewed Book: “‘Expanding in the Sun’: Margaret Fuller’s ‘Autobiographical Romance’ and the Hellenic Topography of Early American Feminism.” In Anglo-American Perceptions of Hellenism. Ed. Tatiani G. Rapatzikou. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 116-129. ISBN 9781847182487.
  • Article in Peer-Reviewed Journal: “A ‘Consuming’ Oppression: Sugar, Cannibalism and John Woolman’s 1770 Slave Dream.” Quaker History 96:2 (Fall 2007): 1-27.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association: 67th Annual Convention. Vancouver, Washington (October 2013): “Countering ‘the Gain of Oppression’: John Woolman, Southern Hospitality, and Slave Remuneration.”
  • Media and Mediated Performances of Ethnicity: Eighth Biennial MESEA Conference, Barcelona, Spain (June 2012): “Picking Up the Simulacrum[b]s of the Past: Mostar’s New-Old Bridge and Bosnian Identity.”
  • World Literature / Comparative Literature: American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada (March / April 2011): “Tortured Structures: Bridges, ‘Great Powers’, and Identity in the Balkans.”
  • Travel, Trade, and Ethnic Transformations: Seventh Biennial MESEA Conference, Pecs, Hungary (June 2010): “Stability and Mobility: Ethnic Intersections on Andric’s Bridge.”
  • Building Balkan Studies: Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (June 2007): “Ottoman Bridges and Balkan Identity.” Workshop – Victor Friedman, moderator
  • Reinventions of Identity in the Balkans Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (May 2006): “War of the Words: Language, Ottoman Power and the Construction of Identity in Ismail Kadare’s Three-Arched Bridge
  • Studies in English Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (April 2006): “Democracy and English Studies in the Balkans: Listening, Imagining and Evaluating” (panel presentation with Dr. Mark Coleman and Dr. Dan Fredrick)
  • Symbiosis Biennial Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece (July 2005): "’Expanding in the Sun’: Margaret Fuller’s “Autobiographical Romance” and the Hellenic Poetics of Early American Feminism"
  • American Literature Association / Society of Early Americanists, San Francisco (May 2004): “‘Bewailing’ Anglo-American ‘Luxury and Covetousness’: John Woolman and the ‘Failing Prospects’ of the Indian Other”
  • Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Seattle, Washington (November 2002): “Reforming the ‘Kingdom of Peace and Righteousness’: Samuel Fothergill, the Transatlantic Quaker Community, and Race Relations in Late Colonial Pennsylvania”
  • Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, Spokane, Washington (April 2002): “Confronting Violent Inconsistencies in a Pacifist State: John Churchman and the Reform of Quaker Race Relations in Colonial Pennsylvania”
  • Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, Moscow, Idaho (April 2000): “Hawthorne and the Pyncheon-Maule Conflict in The House of the Seven Gables: Dispossession in the Context of the Mexican War and Slavery”

Other Presentations

  • Parkview Mennonite Church (Harrisonburg, Virginia): “Sorrow and Doubt: Faith in the Poetry of Anne Bradstreet and Emily Dickinson” (March 2009, August 2009)

Church, Community and Professional Service

  • Co-Facilitator, Adult Faith Formation Class: New Testament (Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia)
  • Scripture Lector (Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg Virginia)

Professional Memberships

  • RMMLA (Rocky Mountain, Modern Language Association)
  • MESEA (Multi-Ethnic Studies, Europe & America)
  • ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)
  • MLA (Modern Language Association)

New Courses Taught

  • Native American Literature (Fall 2012)

EMU Service

Faculty Senate & Academic Committee (August 2011 – May 2013)

University Appointed Committees

  • Cross-Cultural Committee (August 2010 – Present)
  • Campus Ministries Council (August 2010 – Present)

Search Committees

  • Language & Literature Department: Spanish Faculty Search (2010-11, 2011-12)
  • Music Department: Piano Faculty Search (2012-13)

Cross-Cultural Programs

  • May-June 2012 (Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey)