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EIU Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Daiva Markelis, Professor of English


Spring 2020 office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30; Wednesdays 2:30-4:00

Daiva Markelis received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric. Her dissertation deals with the literacy habits and oral traditions of Lithuanian immigrants; chapters have been published in the journals Written Communication and Lituanus and in the edited volumes Ethnolinguistic Chicago and Letters across Borders. Her master’s degree is from the Program for Writers, also at UIC. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in New Ohio Review, Crab Orchard Review, The American Literary Review, Oyez, The Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Writing on the Edge, Women and Language,The Chicago Reader, Mattoid, and The Fourth River. Her short stories have been published in The Cream City Review and Other Voices. In 2010, the University of Chicago Press published her memoir, White Field, Black Sheep: A Lithuanian-American Life.

She teaches courses in creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and women's memoir.


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PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago


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Creative writing (nonfiction), ethnography, composition pedagogy, women's memoir.


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Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920- 3099

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