Stephen M. Ross is the Director of the Office of Challenge Grants. He received his Ph.D. in American literature from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Before coming to NEH in 1987, Steve was professor of English at the United States Naval Academy; he has also taught at Purdue University. Steve has published primarily on the fiction of William Faulkner, including Fiction’s Inexhaustible Voice: Speech and Writing in Faulkner (1989) and Reading Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury (co-authored with Noel Polk, 1996).