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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

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 (Harcourt, 2005), was a New York Times Notable Book; his screenplay adaptation of the novel is being developed for the... 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

Benjamin, Shanna
Associate Professor

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

Mike Cavanagh
Professor, Emeritus/Emerita
Orville and Mary Patterson Routt Professor of Literature

Michael Cavanagh (Ph.D.) specializes in modern poetry, English and Irish literature from 1800 to the present, Milton, Dante, and Joyce.

His publications have appeared in English... See full profile

Professor, Emeritus/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

Associate Professor

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... 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 - Department Chair
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
Professor, Emeritus
Assistant Professor

James Lee’s teaching and research focus on Renaissance literature and culture. He teaches courses on Shakespeare, Milton, the history of the scientific method, and contemporary critical... See full profile

Lecturer, Emeritus/Emerita
Associate Professor

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... See full profile

Bryan Mangano
Assistant Professor

Bryan Mangano teaches British literature from the Restoration through the 19th century, focusing on topics such as genre studies in romance and realism, gender and authorship, and... See full profile

Assistant Professor

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

He is the... See full profile

Visiting Faculty in English

Professor - Department Chair

Professor Savarese is currently on sabbatical in Ohio. He may be slow to respond to email, though he is eager to hear from his advisees.

In 2012-2013 he received a Mellon-funded... See full profile

Saadi Simawe
Associate Professor, Emeritus/Emerita

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... See full profile


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

Dan Sinykin
Assistant Professor
Paula Smith

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