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Belle K. Ribicoff Endowed Professorship

Bryan Sinche

Associate Professor, English


Bryan Sinche is the first University faculty member to be honored with the Belle K. Ribicoff Endowed Professorship.

The rotating professorship was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding teaching. It is awarded every four years to one of the recipients of the Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize from the previous three years. Sinche was the 2011 recipient of the prize.

Described as an energizing force in the English department in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sinche is admired for his ability to balance the competing demands of teaching and scholarship with service to the University community. Promoted to associate professor in 2012, he is a scholar of antebellum American literature and pre-1900 African American literature. By interweaving his research with his commitment to his students, he has succeeded in expanding the range and depth of both.

During his seven years at the University, Sinche has taught 25 different courses on topics ranging from Melville and Faulkner to the Black Arts Movement and the literature of the American South. To strengthen the classroom experience, he regularly introduces scholars from across the campus and across the country to his students. They respond to his challenging and innovative courses with high praise:“His class is always entertaining, thought provoking, and inspirational. It is not easy to get an A, but he is very helpful in giving feedback and leading you toward that A.”

Sinche’s articles on 19th-century American and African American literature have been published in essay collections and peer-reviewed journals that include Literature in the Early American Republic, Early American Studies, Legacy, and African American Review.

As a former high school teacher, Sinche works with the faculty of the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions to advise the 20-plus English students pursuing teacher certification. He serves his college as a member of both the honors committee and the Faculty Senate.

Sinche, who will be on sabbatical in the academic year 2013–14, plans to use the endowed professorship to support a book project tentatively titled “Shining Like New Money: Economics and African American Literature, 1789–1914.” 

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