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Associate Professor - Department Chair
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
Director, Center for Humanities
Professor

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 this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

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... 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

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... See this person's full profile

Visiting Faculty in English

Professor

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... See this person's full profile

Assistant Professor

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, ... 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

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