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Christy Desmet

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Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director of FYC/UGA Writing Center
Co-General Editor, Borrowers and Lenders
Associate Editor, Int'l Journal of ePortfolio

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of English and Director of the First-year Composition Program/UGA Writing Center. Reading Shakespeare's Characters: Rhetoric, Ethics, and Identity was published in 1992 by the University of Massachusetts Press and reprinted as an electronic book by netLibrary in 2000. Dr. Desmet was also the co-editor (with Robert Sawyer) of Shakespeare and Appropriation (Routledge, 1999) and of Harold Bloom's Shakespeare (Palgrave, 2001). With Anne Williams, she have edited Shakespearean Gothic (2009). Helen Faucit appeared in 2011.  Dr. Desmet and Dr. Sujata Iyengar co-founded and edited Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, which can be found at

See Remembering Christy Desmet from The Park Hall Monitor (Winter 2018)


Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles (1984)


Supporting Literacy for Diverse Learners through the School Library, Improving Teacher Quality Grant, Nancy Knapp, PI (2013-16)

Co-investigator and Senior Faculty Lead. Collaborative Development of Adaptive Courses Using Next-Generation Learning Technology. Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, 2015

Digital Barn Raising for a Peer Review Platform. Innovative Instruction Grant, University of Georgia (with Sara Steger and Ron Balthazor), 2013

Of note:

Residential Scholar, Folger Shakespeare Library Teaching Shakespeare Institute, 2014 and 2016

Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship in Humanities, Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2014, awarded for March 1-July 1, 2015)

First-year Composition Program, University System of Georgia Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs, 2012

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor of English, University of Georgia

Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Georgia, 2003-2004

Teaching Academy, University of Georgia, 2001–present

Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Georgia, 1996

Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Georgia, 1993

Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University of Georgia, 1985

Articles Featuring Christy Desmet

The First-year Composition Program (Christy Desmet, Deborah Miller, Sara Steger, and Robby Nadler) won an SEC 2017-18 SEC Faculty Travel Program Award in collaboration with their First-year Writing Program counterparts at the University of Alabama.

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