Staff

World Literature Today
630 Parrington Oval, Suite 110
Norman, OK 73019-4037
Phone: 405 325 4531 Fax: 405 325 7495

 

Executive Director & Neustadt Professor
Assistant Director & Editor in Chief
Managing Editor
Book Reviews Editor
Programs & Development
Art Director
Digital Media Editor
Circulation & Accounts
Social Media Editor

 

Robert Con Davis-Undiano
Daniel Simon
Michelle Johnson
Marla Johnson
Terri D. Stubblefield
Merleyn Ruth Bell
Jen Rickard Blair
Kay Blunck
Kaitlin Hawkins


Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano is Executive Director for World Literature Today. RC (as he is called) joined OU’s faculty in 1980, and in 1999 he was named Executive Director of OU’s international magazine World Literature Today and holder of the Neustadt Professorship in Comparative Literature. In 1999, he received a Presidential Professorship, and in 2004 he became the third recipient of the prestigious Sullivant Award for Perceptivity. In 2005, he became Dean of OU’s Honors College. He and his wife Julie have three children.

 

Daniel Simon

Daniel joined the staff of World Literature Today in 2002, after previous editorial positions at the University of Oklahoma Press and University of Nebraska Press. A Nebraska native, he received his doctorate in comparative literature—with an emphasis in translation studies—from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2000. At OU, in addition to his work at WLT, he serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the English department and affiliate faculty member in the Department of International & Area Studies, teaching a course in magazine editing and publishing every fall. A poet, translator, and member of PEN American Center, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Academy of American Poets, Daniel lives in Norman with his wife and three daughters.

 

Michelle Johnson

Poetry, novels, short stories, essays, legal briefs and opinions, travel writing, food writing, memoir—Michelle enjoys them all. She collects books but considers even a brief interruption of Internet access a crisis. Also a lawyer, Michelle teaches persuasive legal writing to law students and coaches moot court teams. She occasionally teaches the Neustadt international literature course and a law and literature course. Michelle enjoys movies, cooking, visiting with family and friends, and discovering new cities on foot with her husband, Mark.

 

Marla Johnson

Marla has been a member of the World Literature Today staff for almost eighteen years. She has roots in Nebraska and Iowa, and spent her college years at Oregon State University and the University of Oklahoma. She navigates through the constant stream of book reviews at WLT, along with creating an occasional piece of artwork for the magazine. It has been rumored that a cat lives in her house, or perhaps a dog, possibly a goldfish, or at the very least, something with fuzz on it is growing in the refrigerator. One of her favorite books is Independent People by Halldór Laxness.

 

Terri Stubblefield

Terri Stubblefield, an Oklahoma native, has been the Programs & Development Director at World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma since August 2001. Terri has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing and promotions in the private sector, and has been a registered barber for 39 years. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and she is an alumna of the University of Oklahoma. She has been married to Joe for 29 years, has a granddaughter Abby, and two black Labradors, Hannah and her dog Hank.

 

Merleyn Bell
 

Jen Rickard

Jennifer Blair is the digital media editor at World Literature Today. She has a professional background in web and print design as well as writing and editing experience while a student at the University of Oklahoma. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Minor in Italian.

 

Kay Blunck
 

Kaitlin Hawkins