Associate Dean, CAS and Associate Professor of English

Degrees: Ph.D., University of Washington

Expertise: 19th- and 20th-century American literature; U.S. immigrant and ethnic literatures

Peter Kvidera, earned his B.A. in English literature from Loras College in 1987, his M.A. in British and American literature from Marquette University in 1992, and his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Washington in 1999. Before joining the faculty at John Carroll, he taught as a Mellon Fellow at Duke University’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Writing.

Dr. Kvidera’s teaching focus is 19th-and 20th-century American literature, as well as Japanese literature in translation. His recent courses include Major American Writers, American Immigrant Narrative, American Realism, Hemingway and Faulkner, and Modern and Contemporary American Literature. His research fields include U.S. immigrant and ethnic literatures, and he has published articles in New England Quarterly, American Literature, American Quarterly, American Literary Scholarship, and MELUS. Prior to achieving his master’s degree, Dr. Kvidera spent two years teaching English in Japan.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Kvidera is active in University service. He has served on faculty council and advisory boards for the Cardinal Suenens Center, East Asian Studies, the Honors Program, and the Arrupe Scholars Program. He also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Beyond his academic life, Dr. Kvidera is a trained singer and currently performs with the Cleveland Orchestra as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. He has traveled with the Cleveland Orchestra on European and domestic tours.

A native of Iowa, Dr. Kvidera is now happy at home in Northeast Ohio. He, his wife Melanie Shakarian, and their daughters Rose and Aida, live in the City of Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood.