Andy Doolen ’92, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, is the director of the new American Studies Center located at Shanghai University. The center was established in partnership with the University of Kentucky, where Doolen serves as an associate professor of English as well as the director of the American Studies Program.
The center, which is dedicated to the study of Appalachian culture, seeks to foster an ongoing exchange of ideas, culture and history. It is meant to reflect the critical and creative research being done in Kentucky.
Doolen received his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2001. As an educator, he tries to provide his students with the same experience he had at UW-Eau Claire.
“My professors challenged us, took us seriously, taught difficult books and, most importantly, seemed to love what they were doing,” he said. “I still try to emulate them every semester that I teach, and if I’m being honest with myself, I realize that I still have a long way to go.”
He published his first book, “Fugitive Empire,” in 2005. His second book is due to be released sometime next year.
For more information, visit the American Studies Center website.