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Kay Mussell

Professor Emerita
Department of Literature

  • Kay Mussell joined AU in 1974 and has held multiple positions, including Professor of Literature and American Studies; Director of the American Studies, College Writing, and Honors Programs; and Associate Dean positions in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs. She was Dean of the College from 1999-2009. She is the author of Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide and Fantasy and Reconciliation: Contemporary Formulas of Women's Romance Fiction. She has also published articles and book reviews on women's popular culture, American foodways, and higher education. A multiple American University award winner, Mussell has received the CAS: Faculty-Administrator Award (1996) and Contributions to Academic Development (1990). In 2007, she was honored by the University of Iowa with a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Degrees

    PhD & MA, American Civilization, University of Iowa
    BA, English Education, University of Iowa


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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Studies in Popular Culture

    Advisory Board Member

  • Para*doxa: Studies in World Literary Genres

    Editorial Board Member

  • University of Massachusetts Press

    Manuscript Reader

  • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing


  • American Studies Association


AU News and Achievements

  • Fond Farewell
    Fond Farewell
    CAS thanks Dean Kay Mussell for her service to the school and wishes her well as she moves into the ...
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