Professor - Department Chair

Professor Savarese has been on the faculty at Grinnell for 17 years. He is the author of two books, Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption (Other Press 2007), which Newsweek... See this person's full profile

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Assistant Professor

Leah Claire Allen is Assistant Professor in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) and English at Grinnell College. Her current book project In Praise of Bad Critics revisits... See full profile

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Associate Professor

Steve Andrews teaches mostly 18th and 19th century American Literature.  His primary research interests are literary pragmatism, the poetics of landscape, and the cultural history of... See full profile

Tim Arner
Associate Professor

Tim Arner specializes in medieval literature. His research and teaching interests include the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer, the influence of classical texts on Middle English poetry, and... See full profile

Dean Bakopoulos
Assistant Professor

Dean Bakopoulos’ first novel, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book; he co-wrote and co-produced the film adaptation, which debuted at the 2017 Los... See full profile

Associate Professor

George Barlow is a poet who earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Hayward, an M.A. in American Studies and an M.F.A. in Poetry, both from the University of Iowa. He... See full profile

Shanna Benjamin
Associate Professor
Associate Dean

Shanna Greene Benjamin, Associate Professor of English at Grinnell College, is a literary critic and biographer who studies the literature and lives of black women. She has published on... See full profile

Professor, Emerita

Elizabeth Dobbs regularly taught courses on rhetoric and historical linguistics, and seminars on Chaucer and other English and European medieval writers. She co-taught a MAP Seminar, “... See full profile

John Garrison
Associate Professor

John Garrison’s teaching focuses on the literature and culture of the early modern period in England, and includes courses on John Milton and William Shakespeare. His areas of expertise... See full profile

Louise R. Noun Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies

Astrid Henry teaches a wide variety of courses in Grinnell’s Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) Program, including Introduction to GWSS (GWS 111), Theory and Methodology in... See full profile


Carolyn Jacobson's current research looks at Victorian novelists who made use of various disease theories to describe human relationships.

Lakesia Johnson
Associate Professor
Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Dean
Lakesia D. Johnson, J.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies and English where she offers courses such as Critical Race Feminisms, Feminism and Popular... See full profile
Assistant Vice President and Senior Global Officer

Shuchi Kapila has published in major journals such as Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and Interventions. Her book, Educating Seeta: Family Romances of British India, was... See full profile

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Anson Koch-Rein is a Visiting Assistant Professor, program in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at Grinnell College. He holds a PhD from Emory University's Graduate Institute of the... See full profile

Kristin Moriah
Visiting Assistant Professor

Kristin Moriah is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English department at Grinnell College where she teaches African American literary studies. She holds a doctoral degree from the... See full profile

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Assistant Professor

Alissa Nutting is the author of the novels Made for Love, a New York Times editor's choice selection, and Tampa, the film version of which is in development at HBO, as well as the story... See full profile

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Assistant Professor

Hai-Dang Phan has taught ethnic American literature, the craft of poetry, introduction to literary analysis, and studies in genre (the essay). 

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Visiting Faculty in English

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Assistant Professor

Jennifer Shook joins Grinnell College in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mellon-funded Digital Bridges in Humanistic Inquiry. She holds a PhD in English and a Graduate Certificate... See full profile

Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor of Humanities

Erik Simpson's literature courses focus on British writing from Shakespeare to the present, especially the literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His primary research... See full profile

Paula Smith
Director, Purposeful Risk Engagement Project

Paula V. Smith joined the faculty of Grinnell College in 1987. She is a writer whose poems and short fiction appear in literary journals like Flyway, Red Cedar Review, North American... See full profile