Pamela Cheek

Professor of French

Associate Provost of Student Success

Photo: Pamela Cheek
Email:  pcheek@unm.edu
Office:  327B
Hours:  Please pcheek@unm.edu for appointment

Research Area/s:

French

Biography:

Pamela Cheek is an Associate Professor of French who teaches courses ranging from beginning French to graduate literary theory, from a seminar on Paris as a cultural capital to a class on the early modern literature of travel and encounter. She received her A.B. in Literature from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges in 1987 and completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 1994 as a Mellon Fellow. Her research focuses on the ways that early modern Western European representations of sexuality and gender have contributed to cultural globalization. Her first book, Sexual Antipodes: Enlightenment Globalization and the Placing of Sex, was published in 2003. Heroines and Local Girls: The Transnational Emergence of Women’s Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019) explores the enduring novelistic codes established by networks of women writers working in English, French, German and Dutch in the long Eighteenth Century. She has served as Chair of the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures (2015-present) and is currently Associate Provost for Student Success. She is actively engaged in leading programs to reduce equity gaps and improve the student experience across the university.

Educational History:

1994, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University.

1987, A.B., magna cum laude, in Literature, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.

Research Area/s:

French and British Eighteenth Century, Narrative, Gender and Sexuality, Literature in the Atlantic world

Selected Publications:

Books

  • Heroines and Local Girls: The Transnational Emergence of Women’s Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).                                                               
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  • Sexual Antipodes: Enlightenment Globalization and the Placing of Sex. (Stanford University Press, 2003).
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Awards and Grants:

  • Co-PI. Building Capacity: Expanding the Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience Framework to Strengthen Transitions for STEM Undergraduates (E-CURE), National Science Foundation. Funded.
  • Strategic Project Lead, “Student Experience Project: Designing Learning Environments to Advance Equity.” Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. January 1, 2019–August 31, 2021. Funded.
  • “Race and Social Justice in the General Education Curriculum,” PI: Lawrence Roybal. Co-PIs: Cheek, Alex Lubin. Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity, June 1, 2018–May 1, 2019 Funded.
  • Lurcy Fellowship, (1993-94).
  • Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities - cohort. (1987).