Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy

Contact Information

photo of Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy127 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-7528
Office Hours (Fall 2021):
Virtual office hours: Tue-Thu 10-12 and by appointment.
In-person office hours: W 1:30-2:30


Associate Teaching Professor
Global and Intercultural Studies (American Studies)
Chief Departmental Advisor, American Studies, Global and Intercultural Studies, and Women & Gender Studies


PhD, University of Bucharest, Romania
MA, University of Bucharest, Romania
BA, University of Craiova, Romania


Dr. Godeanu-Kenworthy teaches classes on globalization, popular culture, and on political ideologies in film and literature.


Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy's work on American and Canadian literature and on European film has been published in Early American Literature, Early American Studies, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and the Journal of European Studies. She has also published pieces in various public venues, such as The Conversation, Popula, and The LA Review of Books.

Her article "Creole Frontiers: Settler Ambiguities in the Work of John Richardson's and James Fenimore Cooper's Fiction" (2014) earned the 2015 Richard Beale Prize which honors the best article published in Early American Literature in a publishing year.

Godeanu-Kenworthy is the 2007 recipient of the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, granted by the International Council for Canadian Studies.

She was a 2011-12 Kluge Postdoctoral Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington DC for a research project on the impact of political ideologies in early nineteenth-century North American fiction. Godeanu-Kenworthy was also a 2006 visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany, and a graduate fellow at the Institute for Canadian Studies, in Ottawa, Canada (2005), at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary (2004), and at the JFK Institute for North American Studies in Berlin, Germany (2003).

She was the recipient of a 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Romania, in the American Studies Department at University of Bucharest.


Dr. Godeanu-Kenworthy is an affiliate of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post Soviet Studies.

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