Pauline Newton

Senior Lecturer


At SMU, Pauline Newton has served on SMUReads, the President's Commission for the Needs of People with Disabilities, and the President's Commission on the Status of Women.  Her secret loves are the Hilltop Scholars program and informal meetings with students. They have lunch and talk about their lives and dreams— and the meaning of happiness. In her free time, she works with a local non-profit, The Dallas Hearing Foundation, to get hearing aids and cochlear implants and related services to individuals in need of those services. She does crazy runs with her friends, including Obstacle Warrior and Viking Runs. She also loves traveling with her eight-year-old twins and husband to Costa Rica and other places around the country and world. 

Courses Designed and Taught

“Greater Dallas Experience,” Cultural

Formations/Honors-Hilltop Scholars


"Coming of Age in America"

“Graphic Novels- a ‘Misnomer’?"

“Travel Spaces"

“The American Dream" HSP


“Foundations for Rhetoric”

ENGL 1300

Teaching Interests

20thcentury American, Asian American, Latin American, African American, immigrant and multicultural/transnational literature,Victorian literature, Romantic literature, women’s studies



Transcultural Women of Late Twentieth-Century U.S. American Literature: First Generation Immigrants 

      from Islands and Peninsulas(Ashgate Publishing, 2005; ISBN: 0754652122)

Around San AntonioPictorial history book (Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 1999; ISBN: 0738503118). 

      Nominated for the San Antonio Conservation Society’s Publication Award, 2001


Founder and Editor,The University of Tulsa Graduate Review. Tulsa: 

      The University of Tulsa, 1999-2002


“Juncos, Sparrows, and Crows in the Transnational Poetry of Shirley Geok-lin Lim.” Journal of 

      Transnational American Studies10.2 (Winter 2019). Ed. Mohamad Quayum. University of 

      California, Santa Barbara. Forthcoming

Lead Author. Disclosing Disability around the Water Cooler: Strategies for Boosting Collegiality in 

      Academe.” InTeaching with a Disability: Teacher and Student Experience of Disability in the 

      Classroom. Ed. Michael Jeffress. Routledge Interdisciplinary Disability Series. April 


“‘Walking Backwards’ and Sideways: The Transmigrations of the Poet in Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Work.” 

Asiatic8:1 (June 2014), 85-96

“Shirley Geok-lin Lim,” in Modern Singaporean and Malaysian Literature in English, vol. 1, 

      eds. Mohammad A. Quayum and Wong Phui Nam. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2009

“From Chempaka, the Muslim Tree of Death, to Scarf-Wrapped Banana Plants: Postcolonial 

      Representations of Gardening Images in Tash Aw’s The Harmony Silk Factory.” Kunapipi30:1

      (2008): 170-186

“Collecting Seeds of Destiny in Li-Young Lee’s The Winged Seed: A Remembrance,” Southeast

      Asian Review in English46 (Spring 2005): 143-159



Embracing the Angel: Hong Kong Poems. By Shirley Geok-lin Lim. Asiatic: An International Journal of 

        Asian Cultures, Literatures and Englishes. 9:2 (December 2015): 247-9

No More Bullshit, Please, We’re All Malaysians. By Kee Thuan Chye. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English 

      Language and Literature 6:2 (December 2012). 170-172

The Ice Ball Man and Other Poems. By Margaret McDaniels Leong. Ed. Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Angelia 

      Poon. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature 5:2 (December 2011): 133-136

Double Skin: New Poetic Voices from Italy and Singapore, ed. by Alvin Pang and Tiziano Fratus. Asiatic: 

      IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature 4:1 (June 2010): 122-125

Rainforest Tears: A Borneo Storyby Paul Leslie Smith. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and 

      Literature 3:1 (June 2009): 115-117

Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women’s Fictionby Roberta Rubenstein.Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 21:2 (Fall 2002): 410-411

Helen Keller: A Life by Dorothy Herrmann. Volta Voices5:6 (November/December, 1998): 7


“Walking with Her Muse: An Interview with Shirley Geok-lin Lim.” Contemporary Women’s Writing

      Oxford University Press. 8:2(2014)123-135.

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“Lloyd Fernando’s Circle: An Interview with Marie Fernando, Wife of Lloyd Fernando.” Asiatic:

       IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature. 2:2 (December 2008): 101-110

“Jenny Boully’s The Body: ‘An Intertextual Affair.’” Seneca Review 34:1 (Spring 2005): 120-129

“‘Different Cultural Lenses’: An Interview with Lan Cao.” Nimrod International Journal of Prose and 

      Poetry48:1 (Spring 2004):103-115


“De Grazia’s Flower,” The Texas Review29:1-2 (Spring/Summer 2009), 127

“National Gallery, Dublin, Ireland,”The Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, Spring 


“On This Dreary, Moonless Friday,” Ed. Jack Karp, The Graduate Review, Washington, D.C.: American

      University Press, 1998

Honors and Awards

2014                 CTE Banquet, Faculty Recognition Award

2008-09            SMU Instructional Technology Grant

2008                 SMU Extra Mile Award

2005                 Fulbright-Hays Award

2003-2004        Sam Taylor Fellowship Award

1998-2002        F. B. Parriott Scholarship

1999-2002        John S. Zink Fellowship 

2000-2001        Chapman Distinguished Ph.D. Award

1996                 Jane Cocke Funkhouser Award

1995 (inducted)Omicron Delta Kappa

1994, 1993       Cornelson-Halsey Leadership Award

Pauline Newton