Fellowship awarded to research “No”

Dr. Ann Mattis, English Professor at UW-Sheboygan, was recently awarded a fellowship from The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), one of the oldest humanities institutes in the United States.

Mattis, along with five UWMilwaukee scholars, have been researching this year’s theme of Naysaying, studying the concept of “No” from a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary perspectives. The fellowship year will culminate at C21s annual conference, to be held April 27-29 at UW-Milwaukee. Titled “The Big No,” the Conference features over three dozen speakers spread across a dozen breakout sessions, and is free and open to the public.

Mattis, who grew up in Chicago, completed a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University. Her classes at UW-Sheboygan include American Literature and Women’s Studies and she is able to link her research titled, “Naysaying and Feminist Counterpublics in U.S. Culture,” back to what she is teaching in the classroom.

Her fellowship project also has her examining female comedians to determine what role women play in comedy and politics.

Mattis, who also lectured in the Women’s Studies program at both UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University as a visiting professor, is the first UW Colleges’ professor to receive a fellowship from C21.

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