Hortense Simmons is a Professor of English and of Ethnic Studies in the
Department of English at California State University, Sacramento.
She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Howard University in Washinton, D.C.
She has lived and taught in Malaysia (Indiana University Cooperative Program
in Shah Alam and International Islamic University in Petaling Jaya), as well
as in Greece (Aegean Women's Studies Institute, Molivos). She has participated
in faculty development seminars in Malaysia, Vietnam, and Haiti.
Her teaching specializations include multidisciplinary teaching and research in
African American literature, humanities, and ethnic/women's studies.
Her most recent publications have appeared in the African American Review
and University Kebangsaan Malayasia's Ethnocentric Perspectives in Literature.
She is the Vice President of the campus chapter and an active member of Phi Beta Delta,
Honor Society of International Scholors. She edits Making Peace,
the quarterly newsletter of the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR),
located on the CSUS campus.
Areas of Specialization and Research Interest
- African American Literature (women's fiction)
- Core Studies for prospective teachers (language, literature, writing)
- Southeast Asian Literature
Recent Publications and Professional Activities
- "Multiple Dialogues in Ishmael Reed's Japanese By Spring," The Western Literature Association 34th Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA; October 15, 1999.
- "Sterling A. Brown's Literary Chronicles," African American Review (Fall 1997), 443-47.
- "Knowing about Huck Finn: Adventures and Challenges for Malaysian Students," Conference Proceedings of University Sabangsaan Malaysia's International Conference,
"A View of Our Own: Ethnocentric Perspectives in Literature," Kuala Lumpur, 1997.
- Board Member, Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR)
- Editor, CAPCR Newsletter, Making Peace
- Member, International Programs Selection Committee for Student Fulbright Awards and Study Abroad Programs
- Overseas Study Coordinator, CSUS English Department
- Mentor, Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program