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 Janet Randall To Give Workshop at the Flaschner Judicial Institute

Professor Janet Randall has been invited to give a workshop at the Flaschner Judicial Institute at the John Adams Courthouse. Her October 21 workshop, “’What was that, again?’ Instructing a Jury in Plain English” for Massachusetts judges will present an overview of her psycholinguistic research on legal language and hands-on opportunity for judges to learn to craft…
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Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon’s Book Featured at Symposium

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon’s Book Featured at Symposium Professor Dillon’s new book, New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke, 2014), will be the subject of a symposium at the CUNY Graduate Center on Thursday, October 16th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The symposium will feature distinguished scholars Donald Pease (Dartmouth), Tavia Nyong’o (NYU), Monica…
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New “Dialogue” to Cornwall, England

Professor Kathleen Kelly and Dr. Cecelia Musselman will lead a Dialogue of Civilization trip to Cornwall, England, the fabled home of King Arthur, for the first time this summer.  Students will take two classes: ENGL 3151, Medieval Romance Abroad (which fulfills an early period requirement for English majors) and ENG 3315, Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing, which…
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Professor Nicole Aljoe to Speak at Gilder Lehrman Center

Professor Nicole Aljoe has been invited give a talk, “Writing and Reading Slave Lives in 18th century Britain” at the 16th Annual International Conference of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University.  The theme of the conference, which takes place November 7-8, 2014, is “Visualizing Slavery and British Culture in the Eighteenth Century.”

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Department Events


Barrs Lecture Series: “The Open Book: Medieval Data in the 21st Century”

William Noel is  the Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare books, and Manuscripts and founding director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Noel’s expertise is medieval illuminated manuscripts an he is a vocal advocate for open accessible humanities data. He is best known for overseeing…
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Meet the Author: Carla Kaplan

Carla Kaplan reads from her book, Miss Anne in Harlem, and discusses the startling and controversial lives of the white women of the Harlem Renaissance who are the topic of her study.  12:00 p.m., Room 90, Snell Library (basement of Snell).


Professor Laura Green, “Novelists and Their Readers in the Social Media Age”

Faculty Works-in-Progress
Presented by the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Northeastern Humanities Center.

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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