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

Northeastern Magazine Features Matt Baddour ’14

Matthew Baddour, a 2014 English BA and Outstanding Co-Op Award winner, is featured in the Northeastern Magazine online in an article on “What Makes Co-Op Work?”  Matt, who now has a full-time position at Stackdriver, the software company at which he did his third co-op, says that “Doing financial analysis is surprisingly similar to doing literary analysis….
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New World Drama by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon’s book, New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849, has just appeared.  In this book, Professor Dillon argues that the theater of the early modern world served as a “performative commons,” staging debates over representation in a political world based on popular sovereignty.   You can read the Introduction, courtesy…
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Sebastian Stockman in NYT Book Review

Sebastian Stockman, a Writing Program Lecturer in the Department of English, reviews two books on education and “accountability” in the New York Times Review of Books, August 24, 2014.  Mr. Stockman, who holds an MFA from Emerson college, has published articles and reviews in venues including the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and TheAtlantic.com. …
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2014 Commencement and Placement News

2014 Doctoral Program Graduates (pictured): Lana Cook, Temporary Program Administrator, Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, MIT Genie Giaimo, Assistant Professor, Director, Writing Center, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA Sarah Connell, Lecturer, Department of English, Northeastern University Tabitha Kenlon, Assistant Professor, Department of English, American University, Dubai Gregory Cass, Assistant Professor, Humanities Department, Wheelock College, Boston,…
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Department Events


“Criticism Slam”

A “Criticism Slam” with Professor Marina Leslie, Professor Patrick Mullen, and Doctoral Candidate Mina Ino Nikolopoulou. This is the first of what we have planned as a more informal, lively series of events to break out of the usual talk mode, offer insight into how our colleagues think with and about texts, and enjoy each others’ company doing what we love….
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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.

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Nicole Aljoe

Professor Nicole 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

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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