Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, CHaSS
Dr. Evelyn Funda is Full Professor of American Literature, and she serves as Associate Dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State. She is an active Willa Cather scholar, having presented internationally and published widely on Cather’s use of oral narratives and her interested in Czech culture. She is currently at work on an interdisciplinary book entitled “Willa Cather and the Czechs.” She has also authored Weeds: A Farm Daughter’s Lament (a cultural memoir about her Czech family farming in Idaho that won the Evans Handcart Award for autobiography) and is co-author, with Joyce Kinkead and Lynne McNeill, of the interdisciplinary textbook Farm: A Multimodal Reader, now in its third edition. In 2014, she recorded a talk entitled “Farming is the New Sexy” for the 2014 USUxTED event, which can be found on youtube. She serves as the Director of the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies (USU) and as a member of the Board of Directors for the national organization, the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International.