Susan Shillinglaw is a Professor of English at San Jose State University and the SJSU President’s Scholar for 2012-13. She is also Scholar-in-Residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. For 18 years, Professor Shillinglaw was Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.
She has published widely on Steinbeck, most recently Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage (University of Nevada Press, 2013) and On Reading The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin, 2014) as well as A Journey into Steinbeck’s California (2006; 2011). She also wrote introductions to several of Steinbeck books for Penguin New American Library editions of Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, A Russian Journal and The Winter of Our Discontent. Other publications include collections of scholarly essays (i.e. Steinbeck and the Environment, 1997) as well as an edition of Steinbeck’s journalism, America and Americas and Selected Nonfiction (2002).
She has been teaching and writing about Steinbeck for 27 years and has never tired of either man or writer. Currently she is co-editing with Katie Rodger an encyclopedia of cultural history, All Things Steinbeck, and working on a study of Steinbeck in Russia.