TAMIU Professor Named President-Elect of Hawthorne Society

TAMIU Professor President-Elect
for Nathaniel Hawthorne Society

Dr. Thomas R. Mitchell
Dr. Thomas R. Mitchell

Texas A&M International University professor of English Dr. Thomas R. Mitchell was elected president-elect of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society for 2009-2011 at the Society’s Biennial Conference held at Maine’s Bowdoin College, Hawthorne’s alma mater.

Mitchell will become president of the Society in 2012. Among Mitchell’s duties as president-elect include organization of the 2010 Conference to be held in Concord, Mass.

The Society’s over 400 members include professors, students, and lovers of literature interested in the scholarly study of Hawthorne, the mid-19th Century writer most famous for such tales as “Young Goodman Brown” and “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” and full-length romances “The Scarlet Letter” and “The House of the Seven Gables.”

In addition to holding biennial conferences in places where Hawthorne lived and wrote, the Society sponsors a journal, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and organizes scholarly sessions at the annual national meetings of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Literature Association (ALA).

Mitchell has been a professor at TAMIU since 1998. He has served as a department chair and two terms as president of the Faculty Senate.

Mitchell’s book on Hawthorne, "Hawthorne’s Fuller Mystery" (University of Massachusetts Press), was nominated for the MLA’s First Book Award and for the American Studies Association’s Thomas Hope Franklin Award for best book in American Studies.

He has also published several articles on Hawthorne, as well as other prominent 19th Century writers Herman Melville, Margaret Fuller, John Keats and Robert Browning.

Prior to joining TAMIU, he taught for 25 years at Laredo Community College. He is married to Dr. Linda Marie García Mitchell, principal of St. Peter’s Memorial School. They have three children.

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