Helane Adams Androne

Helane Androne

Professor of English

Director, The Ohio Writing Project

220 Johnston Hall


  • PhD, English, University of Washington
  • MAT, English, University of Washington
  • BA, Literature/Writing, University of California San Diego

Teaching Interests

  • African American literature
  • Latino literature
  • Composition

Research Interests

  • Ritual pedagogy
  • African American and Chicana fiction

Selected Publications


  • Ritual Structures in Chicana Fiction.New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Multiethnic American Literatures: Essays for Teaching Context and Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014.


  • "Birth, Death and Transformation: Ritual as Inquiry in the Classroom". Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 14 (2013).
  • “The ‘Invisible Layers of Labor’: Ritualizing a Black-woman Experience of Service” Integrated But Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space. Mark Christian, Ed. New Jersey: Africa World Press (2012): 39-66.
  • Anita Gonzalez and Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality (review). Journal of African American Studies; Springer Online First: 31 May 2011.
  • “Revised Memories and Colliding Identities: Absence and Presence in Morrison’s ‘Recitatif’ and Viramontes’s ‘Tears on My Pillow.’” MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi–Ethnic Literature of the United States 32.4 (Summer 2007).
  • “Critical Reading Outcomes and Literary Study in a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Literature Course.” Jeff Sommers, Helane Adams Androne, Ellenmarie Wahlrab, and Angela Sneider. MountainRise 3.1 (2006).http://mountainrise.wcu.edu/index.php/MtnRise/article/view/86
  • “Untamed Tongues: Reading Intersections Between Fiction by African American and Chicana Women.” Phoebe: An Interdisciplinary Journal 17.1 (2005): 35–57.
  • “Costa Rican Americans,” “Cuban Studies,” “Ohio,” “Inter–latino Relations,” “Guadalupanismo,” “Proposition 187,” “Panamanian Americans,” and “Spiritual Plan of Aztlan” in Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, Society in the United States. Stavans, Ilan, Editor. Amherst: Grolier Publishers, 2004. (four volume set)
  • “Powers From the Deep: Ethnic Cultural Memory and Wholeness Theory in Fiction by African American and Chicana Women.” Diss. University of Washington, 2002.
  • “Reflections on Beauty.” (poetry) Ujamaa Magazine Fall 1994–Winter 1995: 38.

Grants and Awards

  • 2007 Miami University Middletown Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee
  • 2007 Miami University Outstanding Professor Award from Oxford student government
  • CELT Grant for Alumni Teaching Scholars Project Grant
  • CELT mini-grant for Assessment Project Grant
  • Communicating Across the Curriculum Grant
  • Faculty Development Program Learning Enrichment Fund Grant
  • New Faculty Research Grant
  • Ethnicity Conference Grant
  • Presidential Recognition of Service, Preparing Future Faculty Program, 2004
  • Presidential Recognition of Service, Faculty Learning Community on Assessment, 2003

Work in Progress

Androne's most recently edited text, Multiethnic American Literatures: Essays for Teaching Context and Culture (2014) provides original essays that suggest ways to engage students in the classroom with the cultural factors of American literature. Some of the essays focus on individual authors' works, others view American literature more broadly, and still others focus on the application of culturally based methods for reading. All suggest a closer look at how ethnicity, culture and pedagogy interact in the classroom to help students better understand the complexity of works written by American authors who occupy various liminal, hybrid and intersectional spaces, including classic and contemporary work by African American, Native American/Indian, Asian American, Latino/a, Cajun, Creole, and Jewish writers.