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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 this person's 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 this person's full profile

Associate Dean of the College for Diversity and Inclusion
 
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 this person's 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 this person's full profile
Associate Professor

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... See this person's full profile

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 this person's 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 this person's 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 this person's full profile

Professor
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 this person's full profile

Lecturer

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

Associate Professor - Department Chair
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 this person's 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 this person's full profile

Lecturer, Emeritus/Emerita
 
Associate Professor
Associate Dean

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 this person's full profile

Assistant Professor
 
Assistant Professor

Professor Phan is currently on junior leave for the fall semester.

At Grinnell he teaches the survey and seminar in ethnic American literature, the introductory creative writing... See this person's 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 this person's full profile

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 this person's full profile

Professor

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 this person's full profile

Assistant Professor
 
Professor
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 this person's full profile