Amy Kushner: Professor Spotlight


From the self proclaimed “kid in the backseat of the car reading books” to published author, Amy Kushner will have an exciting week ahead, as her newest publication, But They Didn’t Read Me My Rights, becomes available in bookstores.

Kushner is currently an English Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. For Kushner, English and teaching have both been lifelong passions.

“I had wanted to be a teacher as far back as I can remember. I come from a long line of teachers: my mom, my aunt, and my grandmother,” Kushner said.

Teaching at the Parkside has been a joy for Amy over the years. Her husband, Jay McRoy, is also a professor in the English department at Parkside. Kushner credits her students as her source of passion for her job.

“I love our vibrant and diverse campus community. UW-Parkside is full of smart, involved, motivated and caring people,”

Kushner is not a stranger to the world of publications. Professor Kushner graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of the Arts degree, and proceeded to receive her PhD in English Literature from Stony Brook University in New York. In her post-grad years, she has contributed to six other published books, including film books such as 101 Science Fiction Movies.
Kushner’s newest book, But They Didn’t Read Me My Rights, was co written with her close friend and UW-P graduate, Michael Cicchini. The book is an attempt to target various misconceptions regarding the US legal system.

“Films and television too often misrepresent the way certain laws and legal procedures really work,” Kushner said. “Of course, this book is meant for entertainment purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice,”

Kushner attributes much of the book’s direction to Cicchini’s knowledge of the legal system as an attorney. She also acknowledges one of their mutual friends, whom she later dedicated the book to as the initial inspiration to write the book. However, it was Kushner and Cicchini’s combined knowledge of English and politics that allowed the book to be published.

“I hope my parents like it! They have been pretty excited during the whole process and I love that they have been so supportive,” Kushner said.

The book will be available in bookstores on April 27; however, it is already available to the public through Amazon. Parkside will be selling copies during Kushner and Cicchini’s book signing in the bookstore, which is scheduled for April 30 from noon until 1pm.

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