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

Professor Mya Poe talks at Boston University Writing Program Meeting

Assistant Professor Mya Poe gave an invited talk entitled “What is Good Writing?” at the annual the Boston University Writing Program meeting. In addition to her talk, she conducted a workshop for writing program faculty on “What is Fair Writing Assessment?”

Lefkovitz in “Gender in Judaism and Islam”

Professor Lori Lefkovitz’s essay, “Not a Man: Joseph and the Character of Masculinity in Judaism and Islam” appears in Gender in Judaism and Islam: Common Lives, Uncommon Heritage, edited by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet and Beth S. Wenger (NYU Press 2014).  The collection “focuses attention on the theoretical innovations that gender scholarship has brought to the study of Muslim and…
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Los Angeles Review of Books Reviews New World Drama

Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon’s recently published book, New World Drama, is reviewed in the LA Review of Books by Duncan Faherty, who calls it a “groundbreaking study” that is ” a model for thinking both more flexibly and more fluidly about the circulation of ideas and texts.”   Professor Dillon is also the author of The Gender of Freedom:…
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Book Review by Carla Kaplan

  Carla Kaplan, Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature, reviews Jill Lepore’s new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, in the New York Times Review of Books for December 15th.  Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of History at Harvard, was the English department’s Peter Burton Hanson speaker in 2013.  Kaplan, the author of Miss…
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Department Events


“The Cotton of Black Folks: Du Bois, Cotton Picking, and Black Freedom”

Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of English at MIT Friday February 27, 4:00-5:30 Holmes 400B

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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Emily Artiano

Emily Artiano

Doctoral Candidate

Emily Artiano joined Northeastern University’s doctoral program in English in Fall 2008 after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at University of California, Davis. She was recently awarded a 2014-2015 Northeastern University Humanities Center Fellowship and is currently completing a dissertation titled “Translingual Bodies and the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Atlantic.”

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