Amy Woodbury Tease earned her B.A. in English from Boston College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Tufts University.
At Norwich, she teaches a wide range of courses on modernism, contemporary British fiction, world literatures, and film, including Art in the Age of Surveillance, Paranoid States, and The Art of the Motion Picture. She also co-teaches an interdisciplinary course for the Honors Program focused on technology, media, and surveillance titled The Other Side of Innovation.
Professor Woodbury Tease’s current research explores the relationship between art, politics, and the rise of surveillance societies in the postwar period (1950-present). She has published an article on systems of surveillance in Scottish writer Muriel Spark’s postwar novels in Modern Fiction Studies and has an essay on Spark’s “architecture of surveillance” in a volume of collected essays on Spark, which is forthcoming from the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Her additional research interest in pop culture prompted her article “Watching House of Cards in the Age of Trump,” published in Salmagundi Magazine, as well as an upcoming article on capital punishment in the science fiction series The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, co-authored with Professor Elizabeth Gurian of Norwich’s School of Criminal Justice and Sociology.
Woodbury Tease also holds several administrative positions at Norwich. In 2015, she was appointed the Undergraduate Research Program director, a role that supports her investment in providing high-impact learning opportunities for all students. More recently she was appointed associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts; in this position, she is focused on mentorship and creating more visibility for the College’s programs, as well as student and faculty achievements. On the national level, Woodbury Tease serves as councilor in the Arts & Humanities Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research, which advocates for advancing and funding of undergraduate research across the United States.
In 2017, Woodbury Tease received a Humanities Connections Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant supported the founding of the Norwich Humanities Initiative, a universitywide program dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching and experiential learning. She serves as co-director of the initiative and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with students and faculty across disciplines to provide enriching educational and professional opportunities for all.
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