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

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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 http://www.borrowers.uga.edu

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


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

Research Interests:

My research interests include Shakespeare and New Media/Web 2.0; the rhetoric of reading and writing English history; theory, practice, and assessment of ePortfolios; teaching Shakespeare; and teaching writing and literature in digital contexts. I teach in two broad in two areas: Renaissance or early modern Literature and Rhetoric and Composition.

Selected Publications:

My most recent books are Shakespearean Gothic, co-edited with Anne Williams and published in 2009 by the University of Wales Press and Helen Faucit (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011). I have also co-edited a collection of essays, Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare (with Natalie Loper and Jim Casey), that is forthcoming from Palgrave in 2017. Two other projects are currently in process: an edition of Kenneth Burke's music criticism, with David Schiller; and a co-edited essay collection, with Sujata Iyengar and Miriam Jacobson, entitled The Routledge Handbook to Shakespeare and Global Appropriation.

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


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

Curriculum Vitae:

My Research Areas and Approaches

Articles Featuring Christy Desmet

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 3:59pm

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.