Dr. Ruth Forsythe
PhD University of Minnesota
Born and raised in Japan, Ruth Forsythe moved to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College in 1969. After teaching high school in Minnesota and Tokyo, she completed a MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. In 1976, she moved to Winona and started raising a family and completed her PhD, at which point she began teaching full-time in the English Department at Winona State University.
For the past twenty-five years, she has taught courses in comparative literature, non-Western literature, American immigrant literature, modern fiction, composition and ESL. Her current research interests include genre studies, Asian diasporic writers, with recent articles focusing on the writing of Kazuo Ishiguro, Anjana Appachana, and Bapsi Sidwa.
In addition to teaching and being part of the WSU academic community, she has recently completed visiting professorships in Cairo, Egypt, and she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and living in the country, where she and her husband Jim have raised their children.