Department Chair

Julie Rivkin, Professor of English, Chair of the English Department

Julie Rivkin

Professor of English, Chair of the English Department

American literature • Gender studies and contemporary literature • Literary theory • Henry James


Faculty

Blanche Boyd, Roman and Tatiana Weller Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence

Blanche Boyd

Roman and Tatiana Weller Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence

Fiction writing • Narrative nonfiction


Hubert Cook, Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Assistant Professor of English

Hubert Cook

Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Assistant Professor of English

Black studies • African American and Caribbean literature and culture • Black sentience • Narrative theory • Affect studies • Gender studies


Denis Ferhatović, Associate Professor of English

Denis Ferhatović

Associate Professor of English

(On sabbatical, Academic Year 2018-2019)

Medieval literature, esp. Old and Middle English poetry • Word and image • Postcolonial theory • Translation


Rachel Gaubinger, Assistant Professor of English

Rachel Gaubinger

Assistant Professor of English

Victorian literature • Modernist literature • Narrative theory • Affect studies • Queer theory • Psychoanalysis • Gender and women's studies


Charles O. Hartman, Lucy Marsh Haskell '19 Endowed Professor, Department of English, Poet in Residence

Charles O. Hartman

Lucy Marsh Haskell '19 Endowed Professor, Department of English, Poet in Residence

Poetry writing • Modern and contemporary poetry • Prosody (metrics) • Music and poetry • Computer arts


Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English

Michelle Neely

Assistant Professor of English

American literature to 1900 • Animal studies • Environmental humanities • Food studies • African-American literature • Women's literature • Literary and political theory


Marie Ostby, Assistant Professor of English

Marie Ostby

Assistant Professor of English

World literature • Postcolonial literature • Middle Eastern studies • Gender studies • Genre studies • Social media


Alexandra Reider

Adjunct Assistant Professor of English

Steven Shoemaker, Director of the Roth Writing Center

Steven Shoemaker

Director of the Roth Writing Center

20th-century American literature • Writing and composition theory • Intersections of literature, technology and science • Literature and film • Critical theory


Jeff Strabone, Associate Professor of English

Jeff Strabone

Associate Professor of English

Eighteenth-century British literature • Romantic literature and culture • Literary relations among England, Scotland and Wales • African novels • Race, nation and empire


Lina Perkins Wilder, Associate Professor of English

Lina Perkins Wilder

Associate Professor of English

(On sabbatical, Spring 2019)

Shakespeare • Renaissance literature • Performance studies


Alexandra Reider

Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, Fall 2019

Jessica Soffer

Adjunct Assistant Professor of English


Staff

Katie Trautlein

Academic Department Assistant

Theresa P. Ammirati, Dean of Studies

Theresa P. Ammirati

Dean of Studies

American studies • 20th century American literature • Rhetoric and composition • Student special services


Alan Bradford

Professor Emeritus of English

Literature of the English Renaissance

Janet Gezari, Lucretia L. Allyn Professor Emeritus of English

Janet Gezari

Lucretia L. Allyn Professor Emeritus of English

English novel since Defoe • Victorian culture, poetry, and fiction • Contemporary fictions


John S. Gordon, Professor Emeritus of English

John S. Gordon

Professor Emeritus of English

Modern British literature • James Joyce - Finnegans Wake


George J. Willauer

Professor Emeritus of English, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor Emeritus of American Studies

American literature and literary figures, 1890-present • William Faulkner • Emily Dickinson • Robert Frost • Society of Friends

Kenneth A. Bleeth

Professor Emeritus, Former Director of the Medieval Studies Program

Robley Evans

Professor Emeritus of English

In Memoriam

William Meredith

Professor Emeritus of English

Gerda Taranow

Professor Emeritus of English