Melissa Malouf

Office Hours: 

Wednesday and Friday 2:00 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment.

Melissa Malouf

Professor of the Practice in the Department of English

External Address: 
303H Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0756
(919) 682-3119

Melissa Malouf is Professor of the Practice of English. She teaches courses in creative writing and (mainly) contemporary literature. She is the author of two novels, More Than You Know and It Had to Be You (Avisson Press, 1997) and a collection of stories, No Guarantees (William Morrow, 1990). One of the stories in this collection, "The Golden Robe," was awarded a prestigious Pushcart Prize (1989). Several of her stories have been cited for excellence by both Pushcart and Best American Short Stories; two of them appear in North Carolina anthologies of contemporary literature. She has written three one-act plays, which premiered at Duke, as well as two opera libretti, one of them commissioned by The Durham Arts Council. Dr. Malouf is the recipient of The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (1997). She earned her Ph.D. in English and American Literature at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to her roles as a member of Duke's English Department, she works on Selection and Recruitment for the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows.


  • Ph.D., University of California at Irvine 1979

Malouf, M. "The Terrible Twentieth Century. Review of Carlos Fuentes’ The Years with Laura Diaz." The News & Observer (December 2000). (Review)

Malouf, M. "God’s House of Cards. Review of Review of E.L. Doctorow’s City of God." News & Observer (March 2000). (Review)

Malouf, M. "Men at Work. Review of Annie Proulx’s Close Range: Wyoming Stories." News & Observer (August 1999). (Review)

Malouf, M. "Remembering Leonard Peltier." News & Observer (July 1999). (Review)

Malouf, M. "The Bridget Jones Sisterhood." News & Observer (June 1999). (Review)

Malouf, M. "The World Hurts. Review of Peter Matthiessen’s Bone by Bone." News & Observer (April 1999). (Review)