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 at the University of Nevada, Reno. As dean, she has led the implementation of a number of strategic initiatives designed to confirm the value and relevance of the liberal arts, encouraged the development of new academic programs, hired significant numbers of new faculty with an emphasis on diversifying the academic faculty and curriculum, and introduced programs to foster student success and facilitate faculty research and creative activity. Among other projects, she has spearheaded the development of an Applied Liberal Arts Initiative; assisted in creating a dual-degree program for liberal arts students seeking to become secondary school teachers; and supported a variety of productive and creative connections between the college and the community. Dean Moddelmog has published five books and numerous articles on topics such as 20th-century American literature, teaching, sexuality studies, film, and academic women’s leadership. During her 30+ years in academia, she has received several awards for her work on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

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