Dr. Linda A. Kinnahan has been named the Hillman Distinguished Professor at Duquesne University effective July 1. Endowed by the Hillman Foundation, the professorship rotates among Duquesne’s 10 schools for a five-year term. She succeeds current Hillman Distinguished Professor Dr. Rodney Hopson, professor in the School of Education, who completes his term on June 30.
Kinnahan, a professor of English in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, first joined Duquesne University in 1990. She is an expert in 20th century poetry, women’s and gender studies, and feminist theory. Kinnahan teaches courses in these areas and on American women poets and creative writing, among others. A past chair of the Department of English, Kinnahan is acting director of the McAnulty College’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, a program that she co-founded. In 2008, she coordinated an international conference on Duquesne’s campus that celebrated women poets from the 20th and 21st centuries.
“I’m honored and humbled to receive this appointment, especially among so many deserving people at Duquesne who I admire,” said Kinnahan. “This opportunity will support a range of research activities that include traveling to important archives, interviewing poets and gaining time to think, read and write.”
Her work has appeared in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Poetry Review and Contemporary Literature. Kinnahan’s article, Economics and Gender in Mina Loy, Lola Ridge and Marianne Moore will appear in this fall’s The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry.
Kinnahan’s current book project is a study of women poets from the early part of the twentieth century. “The study places their work within the contexts of changing economic ideas and practices related to the rise of consumer capitalism in this period, especially as ideas of value, labor and possession respond to new economic systems and theories,” Kinnahan says.
In addition, Kinnahan is a member of the editorial advisory board for HOW(2), an online journal devoted to women’s innovative writing, and the advisory board for the University of Iowa Series on North American Poetry.
A resident of Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood, Kinnahan has a bachelor of science in Art and English and a master’s in English from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame.