Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2022

Faculty of English Department - please see department website for full faculty profiles

Distinguished Professors

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


Cook, Amy, Ph.D. University of California. Cognitive science and theories of performance and early modern drama. Dunn, Patricia A., D.A., 1991, The University at Albany: Composition and rhetoric; English education; disability studies.

Flescher, Andrew, 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

Lindblom, Kenneth,. Ph.D., 1996, Syracuse University: English education; history, theory, and practice of composition-rhetoric; discourse pragmatics.

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

Marshik, Celia,. Ph.D., 1999, Northwestern University: British and American modernism, cultural studies, women's studies. SPACE

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

Olster, Stacey, 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

Robinson, Benedict, Ph.D., 2001, Columbia University: Early modern literature and culture; representations of Islam; religion and literature; Shakespeare; Milton.

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

August, Timothy, Ph.D., University of Minnesota,2014:Critical refugee studies, diasporic Vietnamese literature; post-colonial criticism; theories of food and eating; Asian American Studies; world literature; television studies; critical theory; ethnic studies.

Brioni, Simone, Ph.D., University of Warwick, 2013: Postcolonial theory; migration studies; film studies and filmmaking; diaspora cultures from the Horn of Africa.

Graham, Jean Elyse. Ph.D., Yale University, 2015, Digital humanities; media studies; history of the book; transatlantic 20th and 21st century literature; history of the English language.


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

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

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, ecological criticism

Kalinowska-Blackwood, Izabella, Ph.D., Yale, Polish and Soviet/Russian Cinema; gendered notions of identity; nationalism; colonial and post- colonial studies; Orientalist discourses; Polish and Russian travel to the East.

Pfeiffer, Douglas, Ph.D., 2005, Columbia University: Renaissance; humanism; history of literary theory and rhetoric; Erasmus; Spenser; Donne.

Rubenstein, Michael, Ph.D., 2003, Rutgers University: James Joyce; 20th Century British and Anglophone Literature; 20th Century Irish Literature; modernism, psychoanalysis; postcolonial literature and theory, The Novel, film.

Santa Ana, Jeffrey, Ph.D., 2003, University of California, Berkeley: 20th and 21st century American literature and culture; human migration and diaspora; postcolonial studies and globalization; gender and sexuality; environmental humanities; memory studies; Asian American studies

Scheckel, Susan, Ph.D., 1992, University of California, Berkeley: American literature and culture in the U.S. before 1900; history of race in the U.S.; U.S. visual and popular print cultures before 1900; history of medicine before 1900; theories of nationalism.

Tan, E.K., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007. Intersection of Anglophone and Sinophone literature, cinema and culture from Southeast Asia; diaspora studies; postcolonial studies; world literature and cinema; theories of cultural translation; Global Asia; Queer Asia; critical theory; film theory.

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

Weitzman, Kenneth.M.FA.,2003, University of California, San Diego. Dramatic Writing.

Assistant Professors

Panou, Nikolaos, Ph.D., Harvard: Reception studies; Byzantine, Modern Greek, and Middle Eastern literatures and cultures; Orientalism; Mediterranean studies; film studies; conceptual history; history of emotions.

Spedalieri, Francesca, Ph.D. The Ohio State University: Theatre studies; women directors, playwrights, and performers; devising and new works; Italian theatre and cultural studies; feminist and gender theory; translation/adaptation; laborum.

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.

Cynthia Davidson (Program in Writing and Rhetoric): Rhetoric and digital media, Digital literacy, virtual identities, gaming and literacy, technical communication, feminism/gender issues in digital and technical communication, global issues in digital and technical communication

Giuseppe Gazzola (European Languages, Literature and Cultures) European Romanticism,Theories of Canon Formation, Modernist and Postmodernist Theories

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.

Lorenzo Simpson (Philosophy): Contemporary continental philosophy (hermeneutics and critical theory); philosophy of the social sciences; philosophy of science and technology; neopragmatism and post-analytic philosophy; philosophy and race.

David Taylor (SOMAS): Environmental humanities, history of naturalist studies, American Literature, nature writing

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, Spring 2022: 27