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Dr. Deborah Chappel Daniel

Associate Professor of English


  • Ph.D. in American Literature, Duke University 1991
  • Women's Studies Graduate Certificate, Duke University 1989
  • M.A. English, Duke University 1988
  • BSE English Education, Arkansas State University 1986

Teaching Specialties

  • Modern American Literature
  • Southern Literature
  • Cultural Theory
  • Women Writers
  • Feminist Theory
  • Popular Culture

Research Interests

  • William Faulkner
  • Mississippi River Literature and Culture
  • Gender
  • Popular Women Writers


Dr. Chappel Daniel teaches a range of American Literature courses in the Department of English and Philosophy and is core faculty in the Ph.D. Program in Heritage Studies, where she teaches Concepts of Culture (a cultural theory seminar focusing on race, social class, and gender), Southern Literature and Culture, and Popular Culture. She also directs honors theses and doctoral dissertations, as well as independent studies. She previously served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Away from campus she has a busy personal life, married to Jerry Wayne Daniel. Her daughters Libby Lanum and Amy Oswalt four other grandchildren (Timothy Traylor, 16; Zachary Oswalt, 13; Kendall Harmon, 6; and Katy Oswalt, 5) are a huge part of her life as well (if you drop by her office, you can't miss their pictures). She loves travel, reading, gardening, and big family get-togethers at her home in Marion (yes, she commutes every day).