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The faculty currently have special interest in a number of areas:

  • Women's Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Modernism
  • Anglophone Literature and Postcolonial Theory
  • Early Modern (especially Renaissance) English Literature
  • Literature and Science
  • Literary Theory and Philosophy
  • Contemporary Poetry


Caren Irr, Chair
Professor of English
U.S. literature and culture since 1900. Theory. Media studies.

Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, Undergraduate Advising Head
Associate Professor of English
19th to 21st-century American and African American literature and culture. Gender studies and multiethnic feminisms. Theories of race and racial formation. Visual and media culture.

Ulka Anjaria
On leave 2015-16
Associate Professor of English
South Asian literatures and film. Postcolonial literature and theory. Narrative theory. The global novel. Interdisciplinary approaches. Literary theory.

Olga Broumas, Director of Creative Writing
Professor of the Practice of English

John Burt , Acting Director of University Writing
Paul E. Prosswimmer Professor of American Literature
American literature. Romanticism. Composition. Philosophy of education. Literature of the American South. Poetry.

Mary Baine Campbell
Professor of English
Medieval and early modern literature and culture. 20th-century poetry. Poetry of women in English. Travel writing. History of science. Creative writing.

William Flesch
Professor of English
Shakespeare. History of poetry. Narrative theory. Literature and science. Film.

Thomas King,
On Leave 2015-16
Associate Professor of English
Early modern English drama and social performance.  Eighteenth-century British studies.  Performance Studies.  Queer studies.  Gender studies.

Susan S. Lanser
Professor of English, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Comparative Literature
British and Continental European History and Literature 1650-1830, Narrative Theory and the Novel, The French Revolution, History of Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Theory.

Stephen McCauley, Associate Director of Creative Writing

Paul Morrison
On leave, Spring 2016
Professor of English
Modernism. Literary criticism and theory. Cultural studies. Film studies.

John Plotz
On leave, Spring 2016
Professor of English
Victorian literature. The novel. Politics and aesthetics.

Laura Quinney
Professor of English
Romanticism. Literature and philosophy. Eighteenth-century literature.

David Sherman, Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of English
Modernism. Contemporary British literature. Narrative theory. Ethical philosophy. Elegy.

Dawn Skorczewski, Director of the University Writing Program, On Leave Spring 2016
Professor of English
Twentieth-century poetry. Psychoanalysis and pedagogy. Composition studies.

Faith Smith
On Leave, 2015-16
Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and English
African and Afro-American literature. Caribbean literature.

Ramie Targoff,
On Leave, 2015-16
Professor of English
Renaissance literature. Shakespeare. Religion and literature.

Jerome Tharaud
Assistant Professor of English
Early American literature and culture; print culture and media; American religious history; art history and visual culture; theories of space and place; the American West.

Visiting and Adjunct

Elizabeth Bradfield
Jacob Ziskind Visiting Poet-in-Residence

Rebecca Morgan Frank
Incoming Jacob Ziskind Visiting Poet-in-Residence

Michelle Hoover
Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer

Roanne Kantor
Visiting Assistant Professor in English

Kirun Kapur
Lecturer in Creative Writing

Marc Weinberg
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies


Eugene Goodheart
Professor Emeritus
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and thought. Literary theory.

Susan Staves
Professor Emerita
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature and History


Jerónimo Arellano
Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture

Patricia Johnston
Professor of Classical Studies

Robin Feuer Miller
Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities
Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature 

John Unsworth
Vice Provost for Library & Technology Services
Chief Information Officer 
Professor of English
Digital Humanities, History of Books, and Publishing

Cheryl Walker
Associate Professor of Classical Studies