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About the Director

Mary Frances (Mimi) Pipino, Ph.D.
Director of the Ursuline Studies Program
mpipino@ursuline.edu
440 646 8112
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Mary Frances (Mimi) Pipino, Associate Professor of English, earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 1996, specializing in ethnic American women’s literature, feminist theory and literary criticism, and the Victorian novel.  Her dissertation, “I Have Found My Voice”: The Italian-American Woman Writer, was published in 2000 by Peter Lang as part of its Currents in Comparative Romance Literatures and Languages.

Dr. Pipino joined Ursuline’s faculty in August 2012 when she became Director of the Ursuline Studies Program.  She was previously Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of English at Lake Erie College in Painesville, where she taught a wide spectrum of courses in first-year composition, humanities, critical thinking,  classical literature and mythology, Shakespeare, British Romanticism, the Victorian novel, American realism and naturalism, British modernism, 20th- and 21st-century American novel, African American literature, and literary theory and criticism.

Dr. Pipino’s research and teaching interests continue in ethnic and world literature and popular culture; she has published articles in Voices in Italian Americana, MELUS:  Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic Literature, and, most recently, in the Modern Language Association’s collection Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature.  Her most recent conference presentations have focused on Native American writer Louise Erdrich and a comparative study of representation of Africa in the work of African and non-African novelists.