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Mary Chinery

Mary Chinery, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Arts,, Sciences, and Education, Professor of English


School of Arts, Sciences, and Education


English and Interdisciplinary Studies

Office Location:

Raymond Hall (105)

Office Hours:

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in English, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Drew University, May 2003.
  • M.Phil., English, Drew University, 1997; Exams in Early American Literature, Harlem Renaissance, American Drama, Emily Dickinson, American Religious History to 1800; French and German (translation exams);
  • M.A. English (Concentration in American Literature), Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1988;
  • B.A.  English (second major in Religious Studies), Georgian Court College, Lakewood, New Jersey, 1986; magna cum laude.

Professional Experience

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey, 08701
  • Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, 2016-
    • Arts, Sciences, and Education, 2023-
  • Assistant Provost, 2010-2016
  • Professor of English, 2010-
  • Interim Chair of the Department of Communications and Graphic Design, 2009-2010
  • Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, 2007-2010
  • Program Director, Humanities (now Interdisciplinary Studies), 2009-2018
  • Chair of English and Communications, spring 2003-2008
  • Associate Professor, 2003-2009; Assistant Professor, 1995-2003; Instructor in English, 1989-1995;

Research / Creativity Interest Area

Twentieth Century American literature; American drama; performance history; women’s literature; Edith Wharton; Willa Cather; LGBTQIA.

Additional Information

Recent Publications
  • “‘I believe my play is really ‘going through'”: Edith Wharton’s The Shadow of a Doubt: A Play in Three Acts in Performance.” Edith Wharton Review 39.2 (2023): 142-165. forthcoming.
  • “Re-Forming Manon: A New History of Edith Wharton’s 1901 Play, Manon Lescaut.” Edith Wharton Review 35.1 (2019). 47-74.
  • with Laura Rattray. “The Shadow of a Doubt:  Discovering a New Work by Edith Wharton.” The Edith Wharton Review 33.1 (June 2017). 88-112.
  • With Laura Rattray. “The Shadow of a Doubt: A Play in Three Acts by Edith Wharton.” Edith Wharton Review. 33.1 (2017): 113-257.
  • “Wartime Fictions: Willa Cather, the Armed Services Editions, and the Unspeakable Second World War.” Cather Studies 6 (2006): 285-296.
Recent Presentations
  • “Nellie Birdseye, Sarah Bernhardt’s Hamlet, and the Theatrical Context of Willa Cather’s 1926 My Mortal Enemy.”18th International Cather Seminar, “Bright, Beautiful, and Alive”: Willa Cather’s New York Intersections, New York City. June 2023.
  • “Edith Wharton as Playwright.” American Literature Research Center. Rothermere American Institute. University of Oxford (U.K.). Panel with Laura Rattray, U of Glasgow, and Daniel Abdalla, U of Oxford. 28 May 2020. Virtual.
Interviews and Talks
  • Grode, Eric. “After 122 Years, A Debut of a Play by Edith Wharton.” New York Times 24 August 2023.
  • “Georgian Court University’s Legacy of Women’s Leadership.” ROI –, Asbury Park Press, others.
  • Meade, Rebecca. “  ‘A Lost Edith Wharton Play Emerges From Scholarly Sleuthing’ – from The New Yorker, May 26, 2017.
Professional and Occasional Writing
  • with Laura Rattray. Liner Notes. The Shadow of a Doubt, by Edith Wharton, staged Reading at Red Bull Theatre. 29 January 2019. Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City.
  • “About A Shadow of a Doubt.” Shaw Magazine for Friends and Partners, Summer 2023, p. 11.


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