Debra Moddelmog

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, the advisory board of the Hemingway letters project (Cambridge UP), and the board of The Hemingway Society.

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


  • Samuel Steward and the Pursuit of the Erotic, ed. with Martin Joseph Ponce (Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2017)
  • 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