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Molly D. Appel

Molly D. Appel

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

252 Burrowes Bldg.
Office Phone: (814) 863-1125


  1. MS, Pace University, May 2009
  2. BA, Skidmore College, May 2007


I am a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate with a minor in Latin American studies. I research the role the subject of the student has had within human rights literature in the Americas, and I integrate critical pedagogy with literary analysis. I am a Teach for America alumna and a former K-12 ESL teacher in New York City.

My research pertains to how literary works frame critical pedagogies through their poetics. I examine the ways in which texts embed, assert, and subvert understandings and memorializations of instances of social conflict, as well as the “afterlives” of those texts in pedagogical settings. I am particularly interested in texts that play with documentation, artifactuality, and monumentality. I look primarily at the post-WWII era to the present, in the Southern Cone of South America, upper Central America, and in the United States.



  • Inter-American Literature
  • Human Rights
  • Memory & Genre Studies