Department of English

Dr. Mark Ferrara

Associate Professor

On Sabbatical - Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

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Mark S. Ferrara taught at universities in the United States, South Korea, China, and on a Fulbright scholarship in Turkey. His courses are internationally focused, interdisciplinary, and aim to raise critical insight of other cultures through their literatures.

Ferrara's research interests include world literature, Eastern philosophy, and cultural studies. His new monograph is entitled A Palace of Ashes: China and the Decline of American Higher Education (forthcoming fall 2015).

He is co-editor of the translated book Cao Xueqin Xin Zhuan (Between Noble and Humble: Cao Xueqin and Dream of the Red Chamber), a historical and biographical introduction to the writings of the Chinese novelist Cao Xueqin (1715-1763), and the author of Barack Obama and the Rhetoric of Hope, a study of the President's appropriation of American culture and history in his campaign rhetoric.

Mark Ferrara blogs about the crisis in American education at

Dr. Ferrara's CV