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Nellie McKay, Bascom Professor of English and Afro-American Studies and an affiliate member of the Women's Studies Program, died January 22, 2006, in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. She had previously held the Jean Wall Bennett Professorship in American Studies and the Evjue Professorship in Afro-American Studies. A native of New York City, Professor McKay earned a B.A. in English from Queens College in 1969, an M.A. in English and American literature from Harvard University in 1971, and a Ph.D. in the same field from Harvard in 1977. Between 1972 and 1978, she taught at Simmons College in Boston before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978.