Congratulations to Alison Hawthorne Deming, a professor in the Department of English in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, who has been named Regents’ Professors by the Arizona Board of Regents.
The title of Regents’ Professor is the highest level of recognition bestowed on faculty in the Arizona state university system. It recognizes full professors whose work has garnered national and international distinction; no more than 3 percent of faculty can hold the title at any given time.
Deming, who is the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justic, is the author of five books of poetry and four books of nonfiction, including Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, published in 2014. Her new poetry book Stairway to Heaven came out from Penguin in September and her collaboration with photographer Stephen Strom, Death Valley: Painted Light, came out in March. She is also the editor of two anthologies.
Deming has received many awards for her writing, including the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2015, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship Award.