English and Journalism

Jose Fernandez

Assistant Professor
19th- and 20th-century American Literature; Multi-Ethnic American Literature
PhD English (2012)

Email jo-fernandez@wiu.edu
Office 009 Simpkins Hall: 309-298-1042
Office hours T 12:30-2 & 4-5, W 1-2, Th 12:30-1,

Jose Fernandez teaches at the English & Journalism Department and the Liberal Arts & Sciences Program. He received his B.A. and M.A. in English from Northeastern Illinois University in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Jose recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation at Northern Illinois University in 2012 entitled "Darwinian Evolution in Theodore Dreiser's Trilogy of Desire and Other Financier Novels at the Turn of the 20th Century." His study explores the influence of Charles Darwin's evolutionary ideas in novels that focus on the figure of the American financier from 1880 to 1920, giving particular attention to Theodore Dreiser's work.

Jose's research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American Literature; American Literary Naturalism; and Multi-Ethnic American Literature, particularly African American Literature and Latino Literature.