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 baseball. He... read more
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 the... read more
Dean Bakopoulos was born and raised in metro Detroit, which is the setting of his first novel, Please Don't Come Back from the Moon (Harcourt), a New York Times Notable Book. He has lectured at... read more
Shanna Greene Benjamin, assistant professor of English at Grinnell College, has published on African American literature and black women's literary history in MELUS, African American... read more
Michael Cavanagh (Ph.D.) specializes in modern poetry, English and Irish literature from 1800 to the present, Milton, Dante, and Joyce.
His publications have... read more
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, “Conceptions... read more
Theresa (Terri) Geller teaches courses in film and media studies, literary and critical theory, and feminist and queer studies. Her research interests include film history, continental philosophy... read more
Astrid Henry is the author of the forthcoming Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements (W.W. Norton, 2014), a book co-written with historians Dorothy... read more
Carolyn Jacobson's current research looks at Victorian novelists who made use of various disease theories to describe human relationships.
Department Chair: Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies
Lakesia D. Johnson, J.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies and English where she offers... read more
Shuchi Kapila has published in major journals such as Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and Interventions. Her book, Educating Seeta: Family Romances of... read more
James Lee’s teaching and research focus on Renaissance drama and poetry. He teaches courses on Shakespeare, Milton, the history of the scientific method, and contemporary critical theory. Based on... read more
Heather's field of research is 18th century British literature. Her areas of interest include autobiography and narratives of the self, the epistolary novel, and women’s writing. She has published... read more
Hai-Dang Phan's teaching and scholarship focus primarily on ethnic American literature, poetry and poetics, translation, and the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature and culture. A graduate of... read more
Visiting Faculty in English
Professor Savarese is currently teaching in the English department at Duke University; he will be back for the spring semester.
In 2012-2013 he received a Mellon-funded Humanities Writ... read more
Carrie Shanafelt specializes in British and American literature of the long eighteenth century. Her dissertation, Common Sense: The Rise of Narrative in the Age of Self-Evidence, examines... read more
Saadi Simawe has taught English and African-American literatures. He also has offered independent projects on comparative literature and Middle Eastern literature. He has published translations... read more
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 field is... read more