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

Collection Co-Edited by Professor Aljoe Appears

Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas, edited by Professor Nicole Aljoe and Professor Ian Finseth (University of North Texas), has been published by the University of Virgina Press.   This interdiscplinary collection of essays makes a case for the importance of looking beyond familiar figures, such as Frederick Douglass, in studying slave…
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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 ENGW 3315, Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing, which…
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Department Events


Graduate School and Family

with Professors Ryan Cordell and Mya Poe


Publications Workshop for Graduate Students

with Professor Theo Davis


Interpretive Improv!

On Friday, November 21st at 4 pm in 400B, the Barrs Committee brings you another new and exciting event: Interpretive Improv! We will be distributing a short “surprise” literary text to everyone at the table, and all present are invited (but not required!) to provide an on-the-fly reading. To get the improv ball rolling, Frank Blessington,…
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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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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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