MA English, SUNY New Paltz
MA Humanities & Social Thought (Literary Cultures concentration), New York University
BA English (Spanish and Women's Studies minors), Russell Sage College
Ándrea Laurencell Sheridan was born and raised in Orange County and traveled up and down the Hudson River for her BA and MA degrees to Troy, NY; New York, NY; and New Paltz, NY; she is currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Her dissertation research explores the effect of the "aesthetic of bookishness" (Jessica Pressman, UCLA) in the late print/postprint age on the reader's relationship with the book, the narrator, and the author. Her favorite courses to teach are contemporary fiction, Film & Lit, and honors seminars. Her favorite moments in teaching are when a student finds someone or something with which they can identify in a piece of literature and realize that empathy is possible, even if we thought maybe it wasn't. Her favorite places on the SUNY Orange campuses are the Morrison Hall dining room (Middletown) and the walkway between Tower and Kaplan (Newburgh). Her favorite things to read are contemporary novels, especially the experimental sort. Her favorite pandemic hobby has been writing to pen pals (with real paper, and pens, and envelopes, and stamps). Her favorite thing about literature is that we're never finished with it; there is always something new to be found. She currently lives in Orange County with her dog Sadie, her spouse, and two ornery bearded dragons.
Advises: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance)
Courses: Freshman English 1, Freshman English 2, Honors Freshman English 2, Film & Literature, Contemporary Short Story, Contemporary Novel, Honors Service Learning, Honors Seminar: Beautiful Little Fools & All That Jazz, Honors Seminar: "And But So: Post- & Post-postmodern America," Honors Seminar: "Oh! The Horror!"
Favorite Book/Author: Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Safran Foer, Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace
Professional Service: President, International David Foster Wallace Society
Publications: Reviews in The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies; chapters in Literary Geography: An Encyclopedia of Real and Imagined Settings (2019, ABC-CLIO/Greenwood); chapters in Contemporary American Literature in Context (2021, ABC-CLIO/Greenwood); Editorial Board, The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies.
Research Interests: contemporary literature, metafiction, experimental fiction, post-irony/New Sincerity, Postprint literature
Awards/Recognition: SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2018), President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2018)