Patrick Chura teaches courses in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature and culture studies. He is the author of two books and has published articles on a variety of literary-historical topics. His second book, Thoreau the Land Surveyor, won the College English Association of Ohio’s Dasher Award for outstanding literary scholarship. His new edition of Ernest Poole’s The Harbor was recently published in the Penguin Classics series.
Professor Chura is also a translator who has made Lithuanian-language texts of several kinds available in English. In 2009 he received a grant from the European Union for research in Baltic literature and drama, and in 2015 he received funding from the Lithuanian Ministry of Education to preserve memories of a politically decisive 1988 theater festival by establishing the Atgaiva Oral History Archive in the city of Šiauliai. He has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eastern Europe and has received three Fulbright grants, lecturing in Lithuania in 2009, the United Kingdom in 2012, and Vietnam in 2016. He serves on the editorial boards of The Eugene O’Neill Review and Lituanus.