Patrick Hogan Named Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Patrick Hogan head shot
Professor of English Patrick Hogan was named a Distinguished Professor at a meeting of the UConn Board of Trustees on April 26. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo)

Patrick Hogan, a professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, the highest honor that the institution bestows on its faculty.

Established in 1998, the award recognizes faculty members who have spent at least 10 years at UConn, have attained the rank of full professor, and have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service. The UConn Board of Trustees approved Hogan’s designation at its April 26 meeting.

“I am very fortunate to have been hired by, and to receive this recognition from, the University,” says Hogan. “To me it means that that perseverance can lead to success, even when one swims against the professional tide, as I was certainly doing in arguing that there are profound and consequential cross-cultural patterns in literature.”

Hogan is an influential writer who specializes in literary universals and the relations between narrative and emotion. He joined the UConn faculty in 1987, and since then has become an affiliate of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, comparative literature and cultural studies program, and cognitive science program.

Hogan is the author of 19 scholarly books and a book of poetry; editor or coeditor of four scholarly collections and six special issues of journals; and has published over 150 scholarly articles and book chapters and roughly another 50 creative or other pieces. He was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995 and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 1997. At UConn, he was recognized with the CLAS Faculty Excellence in Research Award in 2013, and this year he earned the AAUP Career Excellence in Research and Creativity Award.

Hogan is a popular teacher and has delivered invited talks at universities around the world. He was a finalist for the “Educator of the Year” Professional Excellence Award of the Undergraduate Student Government in 2009. Additionally, a number of his graduate students have published work written under his supervision.

Hogan also has an active service record in and outside of the University. In the Department of English, he served as associate department head and acting department head; he first initiated hires in ethnic, gay-lesbian, and postcolonial studies; he began the Irish literature concentration; he initiated courses in world literature in English and major works of Eastern literature; and designed the literature and culture of India course. At UConn, he was a member of the advisory board of the India studies program for over a decade, and before that, he was an academic program coordinator for the Rabindranath Tagore conference. He has also served on a number of Modern Language Association committees.

In addition to Hogan, the board recognized two other UConn professors at their April 26 meeting: Sandra Chafouleas, professor of educational psychology in the Neag School of Education, and Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Engineering.