Welcome to the English Department

We offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees. Our courses span the range of American and English literature and writing studies, with particular expertise in American and transatlantic literatures (early and contemporary), writing studies, and digital humanities.  Our faculty are also involved in research and teaching in African-American Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Please use the links on this page and the Chair’s Welcome to learn more about our people, programs, and opportunities.

Department News

Kuryloski Receives Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Doctoral candidate Lauren Kuryloski received a Fall 2016 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Office of the Provost. Lauren’s dissertation, “Deviant Acts: Women, the Body, and Performances of Madness,” is advised by Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature Carla Kaplan.

New First-Year Seminars in English

  In Fall 2016, two new first-year seminars are being offered by the Department of English. Trouble in Utopia (ENGL 1120) and Animals, Objects, Humans (ENGL 1130) will focus on interdisciplinary issues in the humanities with literary grounding and broad humanistic significance. “These seminars are designed to be deeply engaging classes for top notch students: a…
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2016 Doctoral Program Graduates

Since August 2015, twelve doctoral candidates from the Department of English have received their PhDs. Pictured here, at the 2016 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 5, 2016, are doctoral graduates Steven Kapica, Lauren Thacker, Charles Lesh, Elizabeth Hopwood, Michael Dedek, Tabitha Clark, Shannon Garner-Balandrin,  Laura Hartmann-Villalta, and Victoria Papa. Our other recent graduates, not pictured here, are Jeffrey…
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Professor Kelly Receives James Randall Leader Prize for 2015

Professor Kathleen Coyne Kelly has received the James Randall Leader Prize for 2015. The annual Leader Prize is awarded by the International Arthurian Society’s North American Branch to the author of the best article to appear on an Arthurian subject in the previous year. Professor Kelly received the prize for her article on “Arthurian Things,”…
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Department Spotlights

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Nicole N. Aljoe

Associate Professor

Professor Nicole N. Aljoe is the department's most recently tenured associate professor. Her fields of specialization are eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Black Atlantic Literature, the Slave Narrative, Postcolonial Studies, and eighteenth-century British Novel.

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Joanne Afornalli

English BA and “Plus One”

Joanne has embarked upon her Master’s degree in the English department through the “Plus One” program.

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