Department of English

Graduate Programs

Jenny Factor

Jenny Factor, a PhD candidate, will research colonial New England poetry networks through a MassHist 2022-2023 W.B.H. Dowse Fellowship.

Dominick Knowles

Dominick, a PhD candidate, is the winner of this year's Marxist Literary Group's Michael Sprinker prize. Their winning dissertation chapter is titled "Economies of Dissent: Ferlinghetti, Baraka & Beat Poetry after the Cuban Revolution." Drawing from hemispheric studies, Global South Marxisms, and Black & Indigenous scholarship, their research investigates poetry as an overlooked arena in which imperialism and democracy intersect.

Onur Toker

English PhD student Kemal Onur Toker has received a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his dissertation--a project entitled The Poetics of the Sharing Economy: Shakespeare and Milton in the Age of the Leviathan.

Cara DuBois

Cara DuBois received a Joint MA in the English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs. Her research considers the relationships between gender, sound, and performance art.

The graduate programs in English are designed to offer training in the interpretation and evaluation of literary texts in their historical and cultural contexts.

Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)

The PhD program in English is structured around active engagement with fellow graduate students and faculty in coursework, teaching, and individual scholarship. Departmental strength is in a rigorous and multifaceted approach to the PhD degree and in faculty who set you on the best path to success by emphasizing professional development and encouraging student innovation and initiative. 


Master of Arts (MA) in English

By pursuing the MA degree in English, you will sharpen your analytical skills, develop an advanced writing style, and improve your close-reading ability. These communication skills are in great demand by employers. The knowledge you gain from the program will benefit your career in education, whether as a teacher or a doctoral student, and will allow you to explore critical, theoretical and historical themes in literature, films and other cultural texts. 

Learn more about the MA Program

Joint MA in English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The English department offers a joint Master of Arts program that integrates the study of women, gender, and sexuality with the English department course of study. 

Learn more about the Joint MA program