School of Arts and Humanities News

Narrative Grows for Arts and Humanities with Literary Studies Hires

Ashley Barnes and Manuel Martinez

The School of Arts and Humanities welcomed two new professors this fall to expand the literary studies program at UT Dallas.

Dr. Ashley Barnes, assistant professor of literature, focuses on 19th- and 20th-century American literature. Dr. Manuel Martinez, professor of creative writing and literature, is an expert in Chicano and American countercultural literature.

“The addition of Drs. Barnes and Martinez significantly enhances our expertise in the increasingly important area of narrative studies,” said Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the school and the Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor of Humanities. “Stories are humankind’s most effective means of exchanging ideas and values. Dr. Barnes explores such essential ideas as love and spirituality in 19th-century American fiction. Dr. Martinez creates — as well as writes about — narratives exploring the plight of the ‘other’ in American culture. I look forward to their contributions to the ongoing narrative of the School of Arts and Humanities.”

Read the entire story on the UT Dallas News Center.