Professor - Department Chair

Professor Savarese has been on the faculty at Grinnell for 15 years. He is currently chair of the English department.

He is probably best known for his book Reasonable People: A... See this person's full profile

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Leah Claire Allen is a Visiting Assistant Professor, program in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies 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

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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

Arora, Poonam

On sabbatical Spring 2017 and Fall 2017.

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

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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

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Roya Biggie earned her Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2016 and her M.A. from Georgetown University in 2010. Her research and teaching interests include... 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.

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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.

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Associate Professor - Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies 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 full profile
Director, Center for Humanities

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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Professor, Emeritus
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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

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Lecturer, Emeritus/Emerita
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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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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


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