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L. Bailey McDaniel

Name: L. Bailey McDaniel
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 522 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2008  

Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., Indiana University
A.B., University of Michigan
Major Fields: Modern Drama and Performance, Gender and Race Studies, Postcolonial Literature and Drama
Professor McDaniel is a Michigan native who grew up in and around Wayne County. After earning her undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Michigan, she spent five years in New York City studying acting and performing.  She earned her graduate degrees in English at Indiana University. She is thrilled to be back home, doing the work that she loves.
The undergraduate and graduate courses she teaches frequently investigate issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality as they are engaged in modern drama, US ethnic literature, and postcolonial literature.
Professor McDaniel has published articles on playwrights such as Tennessee Williams, CherrĂ­e Moraga, and David Henry Hwang.  Her book (Re)Constructing Maternal Performance in Twentieth-Century American Drama was released by Palgrave MacMillan in September 2013. Her most recent essay explores "the Mammy" figure in playwrights Tony Kushner, Alfred Uhry, and Cheryl West and will appear in a forthcoming anthology, also released by Palgrave MacMillan.
Research interests: Modern Drama and Performance; Gender, Race, and Queer Studies; Ethnic American Literature; Literary Theory
Recent Courses Taught:
ENG 600, "Performing Motherhood in Modern American Drama" 
ENG 566, "Postcolonial Performance and Theory"
ENG 533, "Critical Theory and Practice"
ENG 400/WGS 301, "It Rhymes with Witch: Exploring the 'B' Word in World Drama"
ENG 401; "Staging the American Family"
ENG 306 Drama (fulfills Gen Ed requirement)
ENG 307 Modern Drama, "Ethnic American Drama"
ENG 112 Ethnic American Literature; "Exploring Immigrant Narratives" (fulfills Gen Ed and Diversity requirements)