Cara Cilano Named Department of English Chair

June 7, 2016

Cara Cilano has been named Chair of the Department of English effective July 1, 2016.

“Dr. Cilano is a gifted teacher, researcher, and scholar whose teaching interests and experiences have long had a global focus,” said Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters. “I am pleased to welcome her as our new Chair of the Department of English.”

 Cilano comes to Michigan State University from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) where she served on the English faculty since 2001 and was the Director of General Education.  

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“I feel fortunate to receive the Department’s and the Dean’s support as I take on the Chair’s role,” Cilano said. “The faculty and students in all the Department’s programs are impressive, and I am eager to highlight the strength and potential that comes from this diversity.”

Cilano’s research focuses on Pakistani literature as well as terrorism and literature. She is the lead Principal Investigator on a $1 million U.S. Department of State University Partnerships grant to link UNCW with the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. 

She’s also a scholar of post-colonial and South Asian literature and served as coordinator of UNCW’s Postcolonial Studies minor. An accomplished writer, Cilano has authored three books, eight book chapters, and six journal articles. She’s also an editor of a collection of essays and has presented many conference papers.

A two-time Fulbright recipient, Cilano was a Fulbright Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University, Graz, Austria, in spring 2014 and a Fulbright Lecturer at Yanka Kupala University, Grodno, Belarus, in spring 2007. She’s also a two-time recipient of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies Travel Grant. She has a PhD in English from Duquesne University as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English, both from St. Bonaventure University.

“I want to thank the Department of English Chair Search Committee for its input and collaboration in identifying, recommending, and fully supporting Dr. Cilano for the Chair position,” Long said. “I’d also like to extend my deepest gratitude to Professor David Stowe for his impressive leadership as interim chair of the department since August 2014.”