DEI Committee Co-Chair, Jan Furman
Professor Jan Furman teaches in the Department of English and directs the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. She has served on faculty committees at all levels of the university in one of a number of efforts to make excellence inclusive. Professor Furman studies American literature with emphasis on narratives of national identity and representations of race and gender, which shape and challenge those narratives. Her research has led to many essays, books, and edited volumes, including Toni Morrison’s Fiction (1996), John McCline’s Life During Slavery and the Civil War (1998), Song of Solomon: A Casebook (2003), “American Romance, the Moral Imagination and Toni Morrison: A Theory of Literary Aesthetics” (2012), “Telling Stories: Evolving Narrative Identity in Toni Morrison’s Home” (2014), Toni Morrison’s Fiction: Expanded Edition (2014). Professor Furman earned a bachelor’s in English at Tuskegee University, a master’s in English at Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. in English at Florida State.