Alumnus, Professor Given Award for Excellence
April 29, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University alumnus Eric Gardner recently received
the 2010 Earl L. Warrick Award for Excellence in Research from Saginaw Valley State
University (SVSU), where he is a professor of English. The award is given each year
to one of SVSU’s 300 faculty members whose research maintains the highest quality
over a period of time.
A 1989 graduate from Illinois Wesleyan with a degree in English, Gardner is known
for his work on 19th-century African-American writers and activists. He is the author
of Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature (UP of Mississippi, 2009), and has edited several books, including Major Voices: The Drama of Slavery (Toby Press, 2005), which explores the work of African-American playwrights like
William Wells Brown and Pauline Hopkins; and Jennie Carter: A Black Journalist of the Early West (UP of Mississippi, 2007). Read more about his work.
Gardner earned his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. He began teaching at SVSU in 1996, and received the SVSU Braun Fellowship
The Peotone native is the former vice chair of the Library Board of Midland, Mich.,
and is a member of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) and
the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States (MELUS).
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960