Ann Folwell  Stanford

Vincent de Paul Professor of Inter-Disciplinary and Literary Studies
School for New Learning

Ann Folwell Stanford has been at DePaul University since 1990 at the School for New Learning.  She received her MA and PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson low residency program for writers.  Before coming to DePaul, Stanford held a two-year fellowship in the department of social medicine at UNC where she designed and taught inter-disciplinary courses to second and fourth year medical students.   

While she has published many articles on literature and medicine, Stanford has also written extensively about modern and contemporary African American literature, and brought those tow interests together in her book, Bodies in a Broken World:  Women Novelists of Color and the Politics of Medicine, published by UNC press in 2001.  Founder and former director of the DePaul Women, Writing & Incarceration Project, Stanford has also published articles and book chapters about literature and women’s incarceration.  She and Tobi Jacobi are co-editing Word by Word: Women, Writing & Incarceration, a collection of work by scholars, activists, and incarcerated women.  Stanford and Marisa Alicea are collaborating on an oral history project with the Daughters of Charity in Nairobi and Thigio, Kenya.

Stanford is a member of the Vincentian Mission Institute that includes a small number of faculty and staff from each of the three U.S. Vincentian universities. She is also president of the DePaul chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and a member of the Tangaza College-SNL team and travels to Kenya several times a year to help support the BA program for adult students there.