Gillian Paku

Associate Professor
Welles 218B

Gillian Paku received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and began teaching at SUNY Geneseo in 2008. She teaches courses primarily in 18th-century literature and literary disability studies, and has recently published articles for Oxford University Press Handbooks Online and Eighteenth-Century Life. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013, the 2012-2013 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Innovative Course Design Prize, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education Community Contribution Award in 2011, and a Folger Institute / American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship in 2008.

Paku is the co-coordinator of Geneseo’s First-Year Critical Writing and Thinking Program, INTD 105. She is the director of the Geneseo Writing Learning Center as well as the faculty sponsor for Geneseo’s chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.

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  • ENGL 101: TopLit:Lit Disability Studies

    A course exploring a particular topic involving specific themes, issues, authors, literary forms, or media types. Subtitles of "Topics in Literature" help students develop fundamental skills for critical reading and effective writing. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.)

  • ENGL 413: Tp18CLit:Lit DisabilityStudies

    A study of selected works in literature primarily in or developing from the Eighteenth Century, seen within one of multiple contexts such as themes, cultural issues, intellectual movements, nationhood, and genre. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: ENGL 203 or permission of instructor.

  • INTD 306: Writing Learning Ctr Training

    Advanced study of the practice and politics of writing and composition, and of tutoring approaches to promote student-centered learning. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; participants have been hired as incoming WLC tutors. S/U grading Credits: 1(0-2). Offered every fall semester.