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Shannon Pufahl

PhD candidate, American Literature, University of California, Davis
M.A. English, University of Kansas
At Stanford Since: 


Shannon Pufahl is a PhD candidate in American Literature and Culture at the University of California, Davis.  Her dissertation traces the animal welfare movement in the U.S. from its origins in the 19th-century through the Nature Fakers debate and the young adult animal novels of the early 20th-century.  She was a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford, where she recieved a Centennial award, the University's highest honor for teaching assistants. Shannon is a now a Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.  She is at work on a novel set in the American West about three generations of gamblers, and on a memoir about the UC protests, the Occupy Movement, and her own religious education.