Professor / Graduate Faculty
Ph.D. 1992, University of Missouri, Columbia
Office: English/Counseling Services Bldg. 111
Phone: (785) 532-2180
Fields of interest:
Modern and Contemporary Irish and American Literature; Native American Literature; Poetry; Linguistics/English Language; Literature and the Environment; Cultural Studies.
Donna Potts has research interests in Irish, African, Canadian and American literatures. She has published articles on writers such as Katharine Tynan, Margaret Atwood, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Patrick McCabe, J.M. Coetzee, and Frank McCourt, as well as a book on the American poet Howard Nemerov, Howard Nemerov and Objective Idealism: The Influence of Owen Barfield. In 1997 she won a Fulbright Senior Lecturing Award to the National University of Ireland in Galway, and she returned there for her 2004-2005 sabbatical. Her teaching interests include Irish literature and film, African literature, Old English, History of the English Language, and poetry. Works in progress include a book on nature in modern and contemporary Irish poetry, and a book of creative nonfiction about prostitution in 1930's Fort Worth.