John Hazlett, Ph.D.

Janet Dupuy Colley Professor of International Studies
Director of B.A. in International Studies Program


Office: MH 237
Phone: 504-280-1136


Education: Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1984

John Hazlett was born in northern Iowa and received his B.A. from Coe College (Iowa) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. As an undergraduate he also studied at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Newberry Library Humanities Program in Chicago, in Coe College's New York City Arts Program, and at Marlboro College in Vermont. His graduate work at the University of Iowa focused on American literature, American culture and culture criticism, and non-fiction prose studies. He taught at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California as an instructor from 1983-85, the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), where he held a Fulbright Junior Fellowship from 1985-1987, the University of Salamanca (Spain), where he was a visiting professor in 1991-92, and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Córdoba (Veracruz), Mexico, where he was a visiting professor in 1997-98. While living in the Bay Area from 1979-1985, Hazlett also worked as Editor in the Membrane Bioenergetics Group at the University of California, Berkeley and as theater reviewer for City Arts Monthly, a San Francisco arts publication.

Hazlett's research and teaching interests include American Literature, Autobiography, Non-Fiction Prose, Gender Studies, and Travel Writing. A sample of his publications include his book My Generation: Collective Autobiography and Identity Politics (1998); a travel essay, "The Thrill of Being Here: Letter from Fortín de las Flores, Mexico," The Southern Review (2006); numerous essays on first-person narratives, including, "The Situation of American Autobiography: Generic Blurring in 'Contemporary' Historiography," Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism (1990); and essays on American literature, such as "Re-reading 'Rappaccini's Daughter': Giovanni and the Seduction of the Transcendental Reader," ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance (1989). He has also written numerous book, theater, and film reviews.

Hazlett came to UNO in 1987 and is currently Professor of American Literature, but since 1998, he has worked to enhance the university's international programs and opportunities. In that year, he was appointed Associate Dean for International Studies and helped develop the university's international exchange programs. Presently, he serves as Academic Advisor for UNO's International Student Exchanges and the Nepalese Student Association. He has also served as Academic Director for summer study abroad programs in Spain (2003), the Czech Republic (2006), Costa Rica (2009), and France (2010). In 2003, he became Director of the BA in International Studies Program and has served in that position ever since. Hazlett's work with UNO's international programs and his involvement in raising community awareness of international issues was recognized in 2008, when he was appointed Janet Dupuy Colley Professor of International Studies, and in 2009, when he was elected President of the World Affairs Council of New Orleans. He currently serves as Vice-President for Programs in the World Affairs Council and in that capacity brings speakers to New Orleans and to UNO to address pressing global issues. Between 2006 and 2013, he served on UNO's Latin American Outreach Task Force, traveling frequently to Central and South America to recruit students for UNO. Since 2009, he has served as academic advisor for the UNO Model United Nations Club and has led eight delegations to the National Model United Nations Conference, held annually at the United Nations in New York City. The delegations have won the Conference's highest awards representing St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Honduras (in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 coup), Austria, Vietnam, Nepal, Syria (in the period immediately following the outbreak of the civil war in that country), and Australia. This year's delegation will represent Haiti in the General Assembly and Ukraine on the Security Council.

For more on the World Affairs Council, see World Affairs Council of New Orleans

Selected Publications

Hazlett, John D. "Literary Nationalism and Ambivalence in Washington Irving's The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus."American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography 55.4 (1983): 560-575.

Hazlett, John D. "The thrill of being here: a letter from Fortin de las Flores, Mexico." The Southern Review, vol. 42, no. 1, 2006, p. 30+. 

Hazlett, John D. "Generational Theory and Collective Autobiography,"American Literary History 4 (Spring 1992): 77-96.

Hazlett, John D. "Repossessing the Past: Discontinuity and History in Alfred Kazin's A Walker in the City."Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 7.4 (1984): 325-340.