Alumni Honorees

Kenneth A. WomackKenneth A. Womack

Ph.D. English, 1997


Professor Womack has achieved considerable acclaim as a scholar and writer since joining the faculty of Penn State University’s Altoona College in 1997. His scholarly research involves the fields of contemporary literary and popular culture, and he has distinguished himself as one of the finest literary scholars of his generation, having already published more than 25 books.

Most recently, Womack authored a trade paperback entitled Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (Continuum, 2007). One reviewer noted, “Womack’s Long and Winding Roads marks a significant achievement in Beatles scholarship, and it affords readers with a sharper understanding of how the group earned its preeminence.”

Womack’s anthology Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four (2006) was published by the State University of New York Press, and he is currently preparing the Cambridge Companion to the Beatles for a fall 2009 release.

Since 2001, he has served as the Executive Editor of Oxford University Press’ widely revered Year’s Work in English Studies. He is also the Editor and Founder of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, now in its 10th year of production, as well as a Correspondent and Member of the International Committee for the World Shakespeare Bibliography.

At a youthful 43 years old, Womack has already established an influential and wide-ranging international reputation in his various fields of interest.