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

Chris Featherman and Jeremy P. Bushnell will present at Engaging Practices: A UMass Boston Conference

Chris Featherman and Jeremy P. Bushnell will present at Engaging Practices: A UMass Boston Conference on the Teaching of Composition on March 28, 2015. In their talk “Metacognition and First-Year Writing Assignment Design,” they will share teaching strategies and resources, contextualized in recent research on metacognition and writing, for encouraging first-year writing students’ meta-awareness during. . .
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Jim McGrath, 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Community Service

Please join me in congratulating doctoral candidate Jim McGrath, 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Community Service.  This University-wide award recognizes significant achievement in the fields of teaching, scholarship, or service across the university.  The award recognizes Jim’s significant contributions to Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, a project of NULab, and will be. . .
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English Department Faculty and Graduate Students at CCCC

  The Writing Program will be well represented at “Risk and Reward,” the Conference on College Composition and Communication​ annual meeting in March 2015.  Two Northeastern panels include “‘Public Turning': Rethinking Public Writing as Spatially Disruptive,” featuring Sarah Finn, Kristin Girdharry, and Charles Lesh, and “Entering the Multiverse: Using Comics to Explore Multiliteracies, Multigenres, Multimodality, and Multilingualism in the FYC. . .
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Doctoral Candidate Steve Kapica publishes article in Law Review

Mr. Kapica’s article, “‘I Don’t Feel Like a Copy’: Posthuman Legal Personhood and Caprica,” appears in the Griffith Law Review 23.4.  Kapica’s article argues that the short-lived science fiction series Caprica (2009–2010) presents its audience with a vision of a future civilisation grappling with redefining the human in the face of exponential technological advancement. The article, which grew. . .
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Department Events

02/27/2015

“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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