Dr. William Pannapacker

Sr Dir of Mellon Initiatives
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William Pannapacker joined the Hope College faculty in 2000. He is a professor of English and the Senior Director of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Programs and Initiatives.

Areas of expertise

American literature and culture. Higher education.

Education

  • Ph.D., American civilization, Harvard University, 2000
  • A.M., English, Harvard University, 1995
  • M.A., English, University of Miami, 1993
  • B.A., English, Saint Joseph's University, 1990

Honors, grants and awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $800,000 to create the Mellon Community-Based Partnerships Initiative, 2019
  • DuMez Endowed Professor of English, 2015–2019
  • Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award, Hope College, 2017
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $800,000 to create the Mellon Grand Challenges Initiative, 2016
  • Provost’s Award for Service to the Academic Program, Hope College, 2014
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $500,000 to expand and continue the Mellon Scholars Program, 2013
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $200,000 to found the Mellon Scholars Program in the Digital Liberal Arts, 2010
  • Towsley Research Scholar, Hope College, 2003–2006
  • Whiting Foundation Fellow, 1999–2000
  • Bowdoin Prize, Harvard University, 1994, 1999
  • Helen Choate Bell Prize for American Literature, Harvard University, 1995, 1998

Selected publications

Books

  • After Departments: Higher Education Without Disciplines, in progress
  • Walt Whitman’s Philadelphia, in progress
  • Revised Lives: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Authorship, Routledge, 2004

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “‘Every Atom’: Reflections on Walt Whitman at 200,” North American Review, 2019
  • “Werner Twertzog,” in Short Circuits: Aphorisms, Fragments, and Literary Anomalies, eds. James Lough and Alex Stein, Schaffner Press, 2018
  • “Walt Whitman’s Philadelphia,” Walt Whitman In Context, eds. Ed Whitley and Joanna Levin, Cambridge University Press, 2017
  • “Werner Twertzog Tweets,” Best American Nonrequired Reading, ed. Sarah Vowell, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
  • “Literary Magazines” and “Literary Societies,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, 2016
  • “Life in a Liberal Arts College,” in How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities, eds. Greg Semenza and Garrett Sullivan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • Monthly columnist and contributor, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1998–2014
  • “Taking the Liberal Arts Online in the Summer,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2014
  • “No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2014
  • “Hacking and Yacking about the Digital Humanities,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
  • “Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
  • “A Liberal Arts Foundation,” The New York Times, 2013
  • “Stop Calling it ‘Digital Humanities,’” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
  • “The Dark Side of the Digital Humanities” and “Rebooting Graduate Education,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
  • “No More Indiana Jones Warehouses,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
  • “Can ‘Neuro Lit Crit’ Save the Humanities?” The New York Times, 2010
  • “The MLA and the Digital Humanities,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
  • “Walt Whitman,” American Literary Scholarship, Duke University Press, 2005–2009
  • “Leaves of Grass (1855) and the Cities of Whitman’s Memory,” Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays, University of Nebraska Press, 2007
  • “Whitman and the City,” A Companion to Walt Whitman, Blackwell Publishing, 2005

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