Debra Moddelmog, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Liberal Arts; Professor, English
Debra Moddelmog


Debra Moddelmog is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of English.

She also is a scholar and teacher of 20th-century American literature, modernism, and sexuality studies, and one of the foremost experts on the writings and life of Ernest Hemingway. She is author or co-editor of five books and has published more than 30 essays. She serves on the editorial board of The Hemingway Review and the advisory board of the Hemingway letters project (Cambridge UP).

Moddelmog joined the University of Nevada, Reno in August of 2016, coming from Ohio State University. There, she served as associate dean of humanities, chair of English, and director of the Diversity and Identity Collective at OSU (DISCO). At Ohio State, she also founded and directed the interdisciplinary program in Sexuality Studies and received several diversity and teaching awards.

Research Interests

  • 20th-century American literature
  • Modernism
  • Sexuality studies


  • “Hemingway and Queer Studies.” The New Hemingway Studies. Ed. Suzanne del Gizzo and Kurt Curnutt. New York: Cambridge UP, 2020. 146-60.
  • “Time to Go? Moving Up and Moving On.” Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper. Ed. Callie Rennison and Amy Bonomi. San Diego: Cognella, 2020. 257-74.
  • “Corrupt Reading in/of ‘A Simple Enquiry.’” Teaching Hemingway’s Short Stories. Ed. Frederic Svoboda. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 2020. 84-96.
  • Samuel Steward and the Pursuit of the Erotic, ed. with Martin Joseph Ponce (Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2017)
  • “State of the Field: Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, and Hemingway.” Teaching Hemingway and Gender. Ed. Verna Kale. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 2016. 7-23.
  • Hemingway in Context, ed. with Suzanne del Gizzo (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012)
  • Reading Desire: In Pursuit of Ernest Hemingway (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1999)
  • Readers and Mythic Signs: The Oedipus Myth in 20th-century Fiction (Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP)


  • Ph.D., English, Pennsylvania State University, 1985
  • M.A., English, Auburn University, 1981
  • B.S., Journalism, Georgia Southern College, 1976