Christopher C. Hudgins
Chris Hudgins (A.B. Davidson College, 1968; M.A., Emory University, 1969; Ph.D. Emory University, 1976), raised in Virginia Beach, has taught at Old Dominion University, Emory University, and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he served as Chairperson of the Department of English for twelve years and as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for ten years. Instrumental in the founding of the English Ph.D. Program, of the MFA in Creative Writing, and of the International Institute of Modern Letters, Hudgins also served as Chair of the Nevada Humanities Committee, and was the recipient of The Governor’s Award for Service to the Humanities. The International Institute of Modern Letters evolved into the Black Mountain Institute, which Hudgins also supervised during his ten years as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Hudgins published widely on the works of David Mamet and Harold Pinter. With Pinter’s generous friendship, since 1984, Hudgins was an invited guest at Pinter’s 2005 Nobel Laureate Ceremony in Stockholm, and he was honored to serve as a keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Europa Theatre Awards in Turin the following spring, where Pinter was awarded the Grand Prize. Since his 2016 retirement, after forty years at UNLV, though consulting a bit, Hudgins has enjoyed cooking, very wide reading, wilderness photography, and his hobby career as a 12-string guitarist and folk singer.