Associate Professor of English, University Honors Academy Writing Fellow,
Department of Literature, Languages, Writing, and Humanities

Contact Information


  • Honors Academy Writing Seminar
  • Composition I and II
  • Basic English
  • Literary Masterpieces
  • Business Communication
  • Advanced Writing


  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Literature by Women
  • Cross-Cultural Literature
  • Ethnic American Literature
  • Technology and Writing
  • Composition
  • Irish and Irish American Writers
  • Digital Humanities


  • PhD, English, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • MPhil, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • MFA, Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
  • MA, English, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Academic Profile

Patty Keefe Durso holds a Ph.D. in English from George Washington University. She has taught literature and writing at George Washington University, Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Publications include: “Request is Urgent” (short story). Gateways. Serving House Books, 2018. “The Other Narrative of Sisterhood in 1916: Irish-American and Irish Suffragists.” Ireland’s Allies: America and the 1916 Easter Rising. Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2016. “Dreaming of Willie Dunne: Character Construction in Sebastian Barry’s A Long, Long Way.” Fiction Writers Review. 26 Oct. 2015: n. page. Web. Online “Maureen Howard’s Landscapes of Memory.” Too Smart to Be Sentimental: Contemporary Irish-American Women Writers. Eds. Sally Barr Ebest and Kathleen McInerney. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. 52-80. Print. “It’s Just Beginning: Assessing the Impact of the Internet on U.S. Multiethnic Literature and the Canon.” Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates. Eds. Irma Maini and Mary Jo Bona. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006. 197-218. “Leslie Marmon Silko.” The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry. Ed. Burt Kimmelman. Library of American Literature, 2005. “Racializing Whiteness in American Literature.” Anglophone Literatures/English Literatures. General Ed. Kozo Yokoyama; Eds. Etsuko Taketani, Shingo Nagaoka, Motoko Nakada, and Eriko Yamaguchi. Eigoken Bungaku Kyoto, Japan: Jimbun Shoin, 2002. 233-70. *Translated into Japanese. “Bringing Whiteness Home”: Exploring the Social Geography of Race in Mary Gordon’s The Other Side.” Modern Language Studies 32:1 (2002): 85-102. (Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism in 2006.) “One Story, Five Digital Texts, and No End to the Possibilities: Teaching ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’” Roundtable”Teaching American Literature with Digital Texts.” NEMLA, Hartford, CT. 17-20 Mar. 2016.

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