Dr. Helen Lock is the holder of the Endowed Professorship in English.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with honors at Liverpool University, United Kingdom, and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in English at the University of Virginia.
She joined the faculty of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1991, and teaches American, African-American, and multi-cultural literature. These areas are also the focus of her research.
Lock has published a book, A Case of Mis-Taken Identity: Detective Undercurrents in Recent African American Fiction (Peter Lang, 1994), and many articles in journals such as Ethnic Studies Review, College Literature, and The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.
Her articles have been reprinted in scholarly collections, and she has contributed to Scribner's American History Through Literature series.
She also frequently presents conference papers, and is an active member of The National Association of Ethnic Studies; in 2006 she presented a paper at its first international conference in Istanbul, Turkey.
About the Endowment:
The Endowed Professorship in English endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.