Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Faculty of English Department

Distinguished Professors

Kaplan, E. Ann1, 1970, Rutgers University: Literary and film theory; feminist studies; modern American literature; 19th-century American literature; postcolonial British literature; film.

Rosenblatt, Roger, Ph.D., 1968, Harvard University: Creative writing; 20th-century American literature


Dunn, Patricia A.5, D.A., 1991, The University at Albany: Composition and rhetoric; English education; disability studies.

Flescher, Andrew6, Ph.D. 2000, Brown University: Medical Humanities, George Bernard Shaw, Narrative Approaches to Ethics, Biomedical ethics; Ethics and Health Care Policy; Ethics of Organ Donation; Compassion and Altruism; Health Care Justice; Normative Ethics; Moral Theory; Religion and Culture; Literature and Film; Hermeneutics

Huffman, Clifford C.2, Ph.D., 1969, Columbia University: The Renaissance; Shakespeare.

Manning, Peter, J.3, Ph.D., 1968, Yale University: English Romantic literature; literary theory.

Marshik, Celia7, Department Chair. Ph.D., 1999, Northwestern University: British and American modernism, cultural studies, women's studies. Munich, Adrienne, Ph.D., 1976, City University of New York: Victorian literature, art, and culture; feminist theory and women’s studies. Olster, Stacey4, Ph.D., 1981, University of Michigan: American literature; 20th-century fiction; popular culture; film.

Phillips, Rowan Ricardo, Ph.D., 2002, Brown University: Poetry; African-American literature; Caribbean literature; the writing of poet

Spector, Stephen, Ph.D., 1973, Yale University: Old and Middle English literature; history of the English language; the Bible; intolerance in medieval literature; Christianity and Judaism; drama through Shakespeare; manuscript study and bibliography; the “other” in medieval literature and society.

Associate Professors

Cook, Amy8, Ph.D. University of California. Cognitive science and theories of performance and early modern drama.

Haralson, Eric, Ph.D., 1993, Columbia University: 19th- and 20th-century British and American literatures; Anglo-American modernism; Henry James.

Hutner, Heidi, Ph.D., 1993, University of Washington: Restoration and 18th-century studies; colonial and postcolonial discourse; women writers; women’s studies; eco-feminism.

Lindblom, Kenneth, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, SPD. Ph.D., 1996, Syracuse University: English education; history, theory, and practice of composition-rhetoric; discourse pragmatics.

Newman, Andrew, Ph.D., 2004, University of California, Irvine: Early American literatures; Native American studies, media and memory studies.

Pfeiffer, Douglas, Ph.D., 2005, Columbia University: Renaissance; humanism; history of literary theory and rhetoric; Erasmus; Spenser; Donne. Robinson, Benedict, Ph.D., 2001, Columbia University: Early modern literature and culture; representations of Islam; religion and literature; Shakespeare; Milton.

Rubenstein, Michael, Ph.D., 2003, Rutgers University: British and Anglophone literature after 1945; Irish Studies; modernism, postcolonial literature and theory, and film.

Santa Ana, Jeffrey, Ph.D., 2003, University of California, Berkeley: American literature and culture; Asian American literature and film; Filipino diaspora; global migration and transnationalism; gender and sexuality studies; race and ethnicity; emotion studies.

Scheckel, Susan, Ph.D., 1992, University of California, Berkeley: 19th-century American literature and culture.

Assistant Professors

Graham, Jean Elyse. Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: digital humanities; print and information systems; the history and theory of technology.

Johnston, Justin Omar, Ph.D., 2012, University of Wisconsin: Contemporary Anglophone literature; biopolitics and biotechnology in post-1945 novels; feminist theories of embodiment; postcolonial critiques of humanism.

Tondre, Michael, Ph.D., 2010, University of Michigan: Nineteenth-century British literature; cultural history of science; gender and sexuality studies; aesthetics.

Full-time Lecturer

Galante, Nicole. Acting Director, English Teacher Education Program. Ph.D, 2014, Stony Brook University: Critical pedagogy, writing and rhetoric, postcolonial literature, magical realism in the global south, popular culture and new media in global literature

Videbaek, Bente,, Ph.D., 1992, Northwestern University: Renaissance drama and theater; Scandinavian literature.

Affiliated Graduate Faculty

Faculty members from other departments who may serve as “inside” members of English Ph.D. exam committees (unless they have previously served as “outside” members).

Mary Jo Bona (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies): Italian American studies; ethnic American women writers; theories of race and ethnicity.

Ritch Calvin (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) Literary theory, feminist theory, feminist science fiction, Latina literature and culture.

Eugene Hammond, (Program in Writing and Rhetoric): Writing Instruction, Biography, 18th Century Studies, Jonathan Swift.

Robert Kaplan (Program in Writing and Rhetoric): Writing in the Disciplines; writing transfer; Euro-American intellectual history, especially eighteenth-century rhetoric; early American literature; queer theory/gender studies.

Peter Khost (Program in Writing and Rhetoric): Writing program administration, the literature/composition connection, assessing writing, autoethnography, critical university studies, holistic education, and collaboration.

John Lutterbie (Department Theatre Arts): Theories of theatre and performance, Co-Director of the Center for Embodied Cognition.

Lorenzo Simpson (Philosophy): Critical race theory; Frankfurt school; cosmopolitanism.

Roger Thompson, (Program in Writing and Rhetoric): Rhetoric, literature, writing studies, veteran studies, environmental studies, trauma studies,  outsider art.

Tracey Walters (Africana Studies): African-American; African diasporic writers.

Number of teaching, graduate, and research assistants, Fall 2016: 31

1) Joint appointment, Comparative Literature

2) Recipient of the State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993. Recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993.

3) Recipient of the State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2013.

4) Recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1987; Recipient of the State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1988

5) Recipient of State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013

6) Joint appointment, Program in Public Health

7) Recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 2007

8) Joint appointment, Theatre Arts