Graduate Faculty



Ph.D. 1973, Indiana

American literature, Marxism, psychoanalysis, iconology, cultural constructions of landscape

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Articles on nineteenth-century American authors in such journals as ELH, American Literature, Philological Quarterly, TSLL. Working on a book on shifting cultural constructions of landscape and space in the antebellum United States, with some attention to the lithograph, the tourist guide, photography, and the map, and with special focus on such authors as Douglass, Thoreau, Fuller, Hawthorne, Melville, and Rebecca Harding Davis.

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EDWARD ALEXANDER, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1963, Minnesota

Romantic and Victorian literature, Jewish studies

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Ph.D. 1972, Minnesota

Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture; Women Writers; Theories of Affect; Theories of Gender and Sexuality

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Recent Publications and Scholarly Activities: (book) Following Djuna: Women Lovers and the Erotics of Loss, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996. Editor, SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, "Feminism and Postmodernism," in Tracing Literary Theory, ed. J. Natoli; "The Erotics of Nora's Narrative in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood" in Signs (Fall, 1993) additional current interests: intersections of race, ethnicity and gender, relationship of film theory to literary theory.

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Ph.D. 1997, Arizona

Global Indigenous literary studies; Native American, Maori, and Oceanic literatures and cultures; postcolonial literatures and theory; US frontier studies and the popular western

Recent Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Maori Literary and Activist Texts (2002); Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies (2012); essays on the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, the discourse of treaties, Indigenous aesthetics, earthworks in Native literature, and the popular western figures The Lone Ranger and Tonto. Co-editor of The Society of American Indians and Its Legacies (2013).


Ph.D. 1999, Kansas

Rhetoric and Composition Studies; Genre Theory; Rhetorical Invention and the Writer; Writing in the Disciplines; Writing Center Theory; Critical Theory; Cultural Studies

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Publications include articles on the function of genre in non-literary and literary (con)texts; genres as rhetorical ecosystems; theories of the self in composition studies; postcolonialism and the idea of the writing center; and rhetoric, diciplinarity and the future of writing instruction. Currently completing a book manuscript on genre, invention, and the role of the writer, as well as collaborating on a writing textbook, Scenes of Writing.

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LINDA L. BIERDS, Professor
M.A. 1971, Washington

Contemporary American poetry, poetry writing

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KATHLEEN A. BLAKE, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1971, California-San Diego

Victorian literature, historicist approach; including women and literature; utilitarianism; Victorian literature and empire; 19th-C. novel and narrative theory; Victorian-Romantic literature; 19th-C. English-German literature; children's literature.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Play, Games, and Sport, The Literary Works of Lewis Carroll, Love and the Woman Question in Victorian Literature, The Art of Self-Postponement, Approaches to Teaching George Eliot's Middlemarch. Current interest in Victorian literature and political economy, with relations to the woman question and to empire.

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DAVID BOSWORTH, Associate Professor
B.A. 1969, Brown

Fiction writing, modern fiction and poetry

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
The Death of Descartes, a collection of short fiction; From My Father, Singing, a novel; two novels, stories, poetry in progress

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Nancy BOU AYASH, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Louisville

Rhetoric & composition, Second and/or Foreign Language Writing, Sociolinguistics

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Translingual Practices from Lebanon and Mainstream Literacy Education." Literacy as Translingual Practice: Between Communities and Classrooms

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GERALD J. BRENNER, Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1969, New Mexico

Modern American and English Novel; Robert Frost and Henry James; Fiction of the American West; the 19th Century Novel; peer tutoring and the instruction of writing; reader-response theory

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MARSHALL BROWN, Adjunct Professor, Comparative Literature
Ph.D. 1972, Yale

Eighteenth century, romanticism, realism, literary theory, music and literature, philosophy and literature

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
The Shape of German Romanticism (Cornell, 1979); Preromanticism Stanford, 1991); Turning Points: Essays in the History of Cultural Expressions (Stanford, 1997); co-editor La Via al sublime (Alinea, 1987); articles in PMLA, Critical Inquiry, ELH, JEGP, Studies in Romanticism, Comparative Literature, German Quarterly, Studi di estetica, Italian Quarterly, Stanford Literature Review, Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and elsewhere. Working on books on Philosophy of the Gothic. Editor, Modern Language Quarterly. Editor, The Uses of Literary History (Duke, 1996)

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BRUCE BURGETT, Adjunct Professor, UW-Seattle; Professor, UW-Bothell
Ph.D. 1993, University of California-Berkeley

American studies, cultural studies, queer studies, critical race studies, sentimentalism, interdisciplinarity, public scholarship and public humanities

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Sentimental Bodies: Sex, Gender, and Citizenship in the Early Republic (Princeton UP); Keywords of American Cultural Studies (NYU Press); "Teaching Interdisciplinarity," Pedagogy (forthcoming); "Sex, Panic, Nation," American Literary History 21, 1 (Spring 2009), 67-86; 119-153; "On the Mormon Question: Race, Sex, and Polygamy in the U.S. 1850s and 1990s," American Quarterly 56, 1 (March 2005), 75-102; "Between Population and Speculation: The Problem of 'Sex' in Our Long Eighteenth Century," Early American Literature 36,1 (2002). Current book projects: Sex, Panic, Nation (University of Chicago Press); Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Second Edition (NYU Press). Director, UW Graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship; Vice President, Cultural Studies Association; Chair, National Advisory Board, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life; Advisory board, American Quarterly; Editorial board, American Literary History and Lateral: A Journal of the Cultural Studies Association; Press Committee of the University of Washington Press; Board of Trustees, Humanities Washington.

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JESSICA BURSTEIN, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1998, Chicago

Modern British and American literature, late 19th Century British Literature

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
"Waspish Segments: Lewis, Prosthesis, Fascism," Modernism/Modernity 4:2 (April 1997): 139–64; special issue on Wyndham Lewis. Currently working on modernism and fashion -- Coco Chanel; Modernism and the prosthetic body

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JOSEPH M. BUTWIN, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1971, Harvard

Nineteenth-century England, history and literature, politics and popular culture, the novel

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Book in progress on the politics of popular culture in nineteenth-century England--includes and extends previous studies of Dickens, George Eliot, Carlyle, and Ruskin


Ph.D. 1990, California-Berkeley

18th-, 19th-, 20th-century U.S. literatures; American studies, post-colonial studies; feminist theory, critical theories of race and ethnicity

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Incorporations: Race, Nation, and the Body Politics of Capital (forthcoming).

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D.Phil., 1992, Oxford

African and African diaspora studies, postcolonial studies and theory, South African literature, 19th and 20th century British literature

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Postcolonial Contraventions: Cultural Readings of Race, Imperialism, and Transnationalism (2003).

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LOUIS CHUDE-SOKEI, Associate Professor
Ph.D, 1995, California-Los Angeles

Modern and Contemporary American Literature; Caribbean, West African and African-American literary and cultural studies; Post-Colonial and Multi-Ethnic Literatures and Theory; Music, Sound and Cultural Politics; Diaspora

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JOHN C. COLDEWEY, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1972, Colorado

Medieval and Renaissance drama, neo-Latin drama, scholarly editing, Chaucer, Shakespeare

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Cultural and historical contexts and records of early English drama (from the 15th century through 1642).

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KATHERINE CUMMINGS, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1985, Wisconsin-Madison

Feminist theory, Postmodernism (theories and fictions), Postcolonialism, cultural studies, American studies (Contemporary), Queer studies.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Telling Tales: The Daughter's Seduction in Fiction and Theory. Book in progress: In the Family Name: Reading "Home" & "Exile" in Late 20th C. U.S. Essays on such subjects as: AIDS, Sexuality, Queer studies, Contemporary Ethnic Literatures, Pedagogy, Freud, Derrida, Dickens and Richardson.


GEORGE L. DILLON, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1969, California-Berkeley

Rhetoric and composition, linguistics, discourse analysis

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RICHARD J. DUNN, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1964, Western Reserve

The novel, Victorian literature and painting, Dickens, English teaching, textual studies

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Articles on Dickens, the Brontes, Carlyle, Tennyson, Smollett; English Pedagogy. Book: Oliver Twist: Whole Heart and Soul. Bibliographic volumes on Dickens, the English novel; Norton Critical Editions of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights. Editor Approaches to Teaching Dickens' David Copperfield.

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Ph.D. 1990, Wisconsin-Madison

Contemporary American literature and popular culture; technoculture studies and posthumanism, especially issues of gender, sexuality, race, and citizenship; British and American modernism (fiction and poetry).

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
The Souls of Cyberfolk: Posthumanism as Vernacular Theory (2005). Working on a book tentatively entitled Ethnicity and Technicity: Nature, Culture, and Race in the Cyberpunk Archive

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CHARLES H. FREY, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1971, Yale

Shakespeare, modern drama, theories of response (audiences, readers)

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Interpretation of Shakespeare; psychosomatic response to literature; theory of teaching.


E. LAURIE GEORGE, Principal Lecturer, Humanities Faculty Liaison, Computer Integrated Courses
Ph.D. 1984, Oregon

Late modern and contemporary American and British literatures; Visual literacy and cultural communication in the digital age; Rhetoric of digital narratives

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JOHN W. GRIFFITH, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1969, Oregon

American literature (all periods), the Bible as literature, children's literature

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Essays on William Bradford, Jonathon Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, John Woolman, H.W. Longfellow, Henry James, Archibald MacLeish, Stephen Vincent Benet, Ernest Hemingway, Bernard Malamud; and, in children's literature, on Hans Christian Andersen, E.B. White, James Barrie, Carlo Collodi

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JUAN C. GUERRA, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1992, Illinois-Chicago

Literacy, Ethnography, Composition, Autobiography


Ph.D. 1984, Brown

Literary theory, especially Romantic and post-Romantic. Comparative literature: German, French, classical Greek. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century narrative, narrative theory

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Joyce, Meredith, Lacan, Beckett, Godwin, Romantic Irony, 19th-century fiction/history.

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GILLIAN HARKINS, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2002, California-Berkeley

Late twentieth-century United States literature and culture. Additional research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary American Literature, theories of the novel, feminist, queer and critical race theory, psychoanalysis, and citizenship.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Everybody’s Family Romance: Reading Incest in Neoliberal America (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming).

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JEANNE HEUVING, Adjunct Professor, UW-Seattle; Professor, UW-Bothell
Ph.D. 1988, Washington

Twentieth century poetry and poetics; avant garde texts; modernism and postmodernism; cultural studies; women writers; critical theory and feminist theory; American literature.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Current book project: Restive Eros: Poetic Possession and Dispossession in the Twentieth Century. Previous publications include Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore, 1992; "Feminism and Sexuality," "Laura (Riding) Jackson's 'Really New' Poem;" "Poetry in Our Political Lives," and "The Violence of Negation or 'Love's Infolding.'" On the editorial board of the electronic journal HOW2, dedicated to critical and creative explorations of innovative writing.


HABIBA IBRAHIM, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2005, State University of New York-Albany

20th century African American literary studies, black feminist theory, critical theories of race and ethnicity

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
"Canary in a Coal Mine: Performing Biracial 'Difference' in Caucasia," LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 18:2 (2007), 155-172.


Ph.D. 1981, Pennsylvania

Feminist theory, cultural studies, popular culture, militarism

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
The Remasculinization of America: Gender and the Vietnam War. Hard Bodies: Hollywood Masculinity in the Reagan Era; Seeing through the Media: The Persian Gulf War (ed.) Currently working on a book on rape and U.S. national identity

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CHARLES R. JOHNSON, Professor Emeritus
M.A. 1973, Southern Illinois

Fiction writing


Ph.D. 1971, UCLA

Twentieth-century British and American literature, women writers and feminist criticism

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Katherine Mansfield and the Origins of Modernist Fiction, Feminine Consciousness in the Modern British Novel, articles on Dorothy Richardson and May Sinclair, Doris Lessing, Rosamond Lehmann, Katherine Mansfield; surveys of recent feminist criticism. Current research on book, Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield: A Critical Dialogue

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MONIKA KAUP, Associate Professor
D.Phil. 1991, Ruhr University, Germany
D.Phil.Habil. 1998, Osnabrueck University, Germany

U.S. Latino/a literature; comparative literature of the Americas and transamerican literary and cultural studies; U.S. modernism; 20th century women writers; the domestic and the urban

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Co-editor, Mixing Race, Mixing Culture: Inter-American Literary Dialogues, 2002. Rewriting North American Borders in Chicano and Chicana Narrative, 2001. Mad Intertextuality: Madness in Twentieth-Century Women's Writing, 1993; Articles in American Literature ("The Architecture of Ethnicity in Chicano Literature") and Discourse ("'Our America' That is Not One: Transnational Black Atlantic Disclosures in Nicolas Guillen and Langston Hughes"); further articles in collections (on Chicano/a literature, Canadian Metis literature, West Indian Canadian writing); currently working on the New World baroque/neobaroque.

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B.A., 1970, Dartmouth

Poetry writing

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JEFFREY TODD KNIGHT, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2009, Northwestern

Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, History of the Book, Textual Studies

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Recent articles in Shakespeare Quarterly, Textual Cultures, Huntington Library Quarterly, Criticism, Book History, and several edited collections.


ERIC LA GUARDIA, Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1961, Iowa

Renaissance literature, modern literature, literary theory

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CHARLES LAPORTE, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2004, Michigan

Nineteenth-century English and French poetry, Victorian novels and non-fiction prose, Continental philosophy and hermeneutics, the Bible as literature, genre theory.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Articles on Mathilde Blind, Robert Browning, Arthur Hugh Clough, George Eliot, William Morris, Constance Naden, and nineteenth-century ideas of Shakespeare. Coeditor, with Jason R. Rudy, of Spasmodic Poetics, a Special Issue of Victorian Poetry

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Ph.D., 1967, Rice

Eighteenth-century novel, especially Fielding; English poetry from Dryden to Wordsworth; essays and journalism in the eighteenth century

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Henry Fielding; The Critical Heritage (with Ronald Paulson); Post-Augustan Satire; articles on eighteenth-century verse, Swift, Fielding, Jane Austen, satire and comedy, journalism; attribution and edition of Fielding's magazine The History of Our Own Times. Current work: critical book on Fielding; editor of drama volumes for Wesleyan-Oxford ed. of Fielding's works


COLLEEN MC ELROY, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1973, Washington

Creative writing, poetry and fiction, women's literature, mythology (Third World), Black literature, children's literature

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Collections of poetry, latest: What Madness Brought Me Here: New & Selected Poems l968-88 (Wesleyan Univ. Press, l990); Driving Under the Cardboard Pines (Fiction) (Creative Arts Books, 1990).

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HEATHER MC HUGH, Professor Emeritus
M.A. 1972, Denver

Poetry writing, Poetry in English and translation, Beckett, Nabokov, Kafka, Chekhov, contemporary visual and musical arts, film, the literary essay, natural sciences and the history of ideas

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Collections of poetry, translation; close readings in poetry; literary essays

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Ph.D. 1973, California-San Diego

The Romantic period, science and philosophy in the nineteenth century, 19th century aesthetics; anthropology and social theory

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Coleridge and the Concept of Nature (London: MacMillan, 1985) Co-editor vols. II-V of Coleridge's Marginalia (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980). Currently writing a book on Coleridge and Wordsworth; Sacrifice, The Gift and the Rites of Literary Exchange; and editing Coleridge's Poetry and Prose (Norton Critical Editions).

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COLETTE MOORE, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2004, Michigan

History of the English language, language and gender, language and community, manuscript/print culture, medieval/early modern paleography, Chaucer, late medieval literature, medieval women, college writing.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
"Writing good Southerne: Local and Supralocal Norms in the Plumpton Letter Collection," Language Variation and Change 14 (2002).

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SUHANTHIE MOTHA, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2004, Maryland

TESOL, critical applied linguistics, social identity, teacher knowledge, race and racialization, anticolonial epistemologies in English language teaching.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Articles in TESOL Quarterly, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Modern Language Journal, Language Teaching, Peace and Change Journal, Educational Practice and Theory, in addition to several book chapters. Currently working on a book manuscript theorizing the intersections of racial and linguistic identities in the context of English language teaching.

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MARK R. PATTERSON, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1981, Princeton

American literature, particularly post-Reconstruction theories of race, nation, and domesticity. Theories of the Everyday, American Gothic. Thoreau and Transcendentalism, law and literature

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Authority, Autonomy, and Representation in American Literature (Princeton Univ. Press, 1988); Editor, Henry D. Thoreau, Journal 3:1848-51; Currently working on the intersections of law, literature, gender, and race in Reconstruction and late nineteenth century America.

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CANDICE RAI, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2008, Illinois-Chicago

Rhetorical studies, public rhetorics, ethnography, urban and spatial theory, political theory, rhetoric and composition, service learning and engaged scholarship

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
“Publics, Power and the Rhetorics of Democracy,” The Public Work of Rhetoric, University of South Carolina Press (forthcoming); "Assessing Student Writing and Learning” in Making Writing Matter: Redesigning First Year Composition for the Engaged University with Ann Feldman and Megan Marie. SUNY Press, 2008; "The Impact of Partnership-Centered, Community-Based Learning on First-Year Students’ Academic Research Papers” with Ann Feldman, et al., Michigan Journal of Community Service, 13.1 (2006), 16-29.

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CHANDAN REDDY, Associate Professor
M.Phil. 1998, Columbia

Multi-ethnic literature, twentieth-century American literature, American studies, critical race theory, globalization, queer theory, feminism, transnational cultural studies

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BRIAN M. REED, Professor
Ph.D. 2000, Stanford

Twentieth-century American and English poetry; modernism; post-modernism; the avante-garde; post-Civil war American literature

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PAUL G. REMLEY, Professor
Ph.D. 1990, Columbia

Medieval literature and languages (primarily Germanic and Celtic texts of the early Middle Ages and contemporary Latin sources); historical and social background of medieval literature; textual criticism; new methods of scholarly research (computerized databases, electronic texts, etc.)

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Books in progress on Old English biblical poetry and Cynewulf's Christ II. Publications on the Anglo-Saxon text of Genesis, Middle English antifeminist literature, Geoffrey of Monmouth's Latin History of the Kings of Britain. Current projects involving Layamon's Brut (Arthurian natural imagery), Chaucer (some fragments of Troilus and Criseyde), Christine de Pizan (her treatment of the Dido myth), and some anonymous poems written by women at the court of Henry VIII.


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PRITI SANDHU, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2010, Hawai'i at Manoa

Sociolinguistics, medium of education, narratives and narrative analysis, interviews and interview analysis, identities and language learning and use, stance and stylization, critical applied linguistics, TESOL

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Articles in Applied Linguistics, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, Multilingua:Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, along with several book chapters. Currently working on a book manuscript theorizing and analyzing the narrative identity constructions of North Indian women in relation to Hindi and English medium education.

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LEROY F. SEARLE, Professor
Ph.D. 1970, Iowa

Critical theory, American literature, modern literature, intellectual history, photography, aesthetics, history of science, computers

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Critical theory, photographic criticism, intellectual history

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JULIET SHIELDS, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2004, Pennsylvania

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American literature

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Publications include Sentimental Literature and Anglo-Scottish Identity (Cambridge UP, 2010) and various essays on national identity, race, gender, and migration. Current projects include an edited collection, Representing Place in British Literature and Culture 1660-1830 (Ashgate, forthcoming March 2013) and a monograph on writing by and about British emigrants to the early American republic.

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M.F.A. 1980, Iowa

Fiction, autobiography, creative nonfiction

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
David Shields is the author of four books of nonfiction, Enough About You: Adventures in Autobiography, Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Remote (winner of the PEN/Revson Foundation Fellowship), and "Baseball Is Just Baseball": The Understated Ichiro; two novels, Dead Languages and Heroes; and a collection of linked stories, A Handbook for Drowning. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, McSweeney's, Salon, Village Voice, Utne Reader, Threepenny Review, and Conjunctions. He has received two NEA fellowships in fiction, two PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, and an Ingram-Merrill Foundation award.

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ROBERT P. SHULMAN, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1959, Ohio State

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American fiction, social and political theory

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Social Criticism and Nineteenth-Century American Fictions, 1987. Current project: Political Art and the Politics of the Literary Canon: The 1930s Left Reconsidered

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Ph.D. 1982, Michigan

Discourse analysis/sociolinguistics, language acquisition, social theory

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Choice Readings (University of Michigan Press, 1996); State of the Art TESOL Essays: Celebrating 25 years of the Discipline (TESOL, 1993); Techniques and Resources in Teaching Reading (Oxford University Press, 1994); Reader's Choice (co-authored, University of Michigan Press, 1988); Bibliography: Women and Language (monograph, University of Michigan Women's Studies, 1980); Research Project: "Reading-Writing Relationships in First and Second Language"; Interactive Reading Theories, manuscript

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CAROLINE CHUNG SIMPSON, Associate Professor Ph.D. 1994, Texas

Asian American literature; Ethnic American literature; Oral history; Feminist theory; cultural studies.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Essays on postwar Asian American fiction, multiracial Asian American identity and Asian American women's oral history. Current work on the rise of American Orientalism in American popular culture during the postwar era.

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MAYA SONENBERG, Associate Professor
M.A. 1984, Brown

Fiction writing, Twentieth century fiction

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Cartographies, a collection of short fiction; a novel and a collection of stories in progress

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Ph.D. 1978, Texas

19th and 20th Century British Literature; History and Theory of Criticism; Race, Nationality and Ethnicity

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ROBERT D. STEVICK, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1956, Wisconsin

Old English language and literature, Middle English language and literature, English language history

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Essays and monographs on Old English meter, poetic form, manuscript studies. Current research on relations of principles of form in Anglo-Saxon manuscript paintings and long poems, and prosodic phonology

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Ph.D. 1973, Illinois

Renaissance literature, drama, and culture, textual criticism, paleography

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Articles on Renaissance literature, drama, and culture (1972-Present); Court Revels, 1485-1559 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994); Topographical Descriptions, Regiments, and Policies (New York: Garland, 1991); Jacobean and Caroline Revels Accounts, 1603-1642, Malone Society Collections XIII (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986); Edmond Tyllney, Master of the Revels and Censor of Plays (New York: AMS, 1986); Elizabethan Revels, 1558-1603 (in progress). Current interests: Renaissance court culture, spectacles, entertainments, and politics; literature/drama in its cultural context; archival research; textual theory and practice.

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Ph.D. 1989, Indiana

Composition/Rhetoric and Sociolinguistics; Legal Discourse; Discourse Analysis.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Trial Language: Differential Discourse Processing and Discursive Formation (Benjamins, 1994), Co-Editor; New Directions in Portfolio Assessment. Current projects: The Discourse of Divorce, Editor CCCC Bibliography of Composition and Rhetoric 1995-1997 Volumes.

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STEPHEN SUMIDA, Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. 1982, University of Washington

Asian American literature; ethnic studies


JESSE OAK TAYLOR, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2010, Wisconsin-Madison

Global 19th century literature and culture; ecocriticism; environmental humanities; the Anthropocene; global health; history of science and medicine; posthumanism

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
The Sky of Our Manufacture: Climate, Atmosphere and the Novel in the Global Metropolis (book in progress); "Powers of Zero: Aggression, Negation, and the Dimensions of Scale in Indra Sinha's Animal's People," Literature and Medicine 31.2 (Fall 2013); "The Novel as Climate Model: Realism and the Greenhouse Effect in Bleak House" Novel: A Forum on Fiction 46.1 (Spring 2013). Empowerment on an Unstable Planet: From Seeds of Human Energy to a Scale of Global Change, co-authored with Daniel C. Taylor and Carl E. Taylor (Oxford 2011).

JAMES W. TOLLEFSON, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. 1978, Stanford

Language policy and language planning, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Current research: language policy and social theory

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Ph.D. 1973, Cornell

Medieval literature, esp. Chaucer and Chaucerians; textual criticism; modern Anglo-Irish literature; medieval music and poetry

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
Monograph on Piers Plowman B and the liturgy; three articles on Towneley's Second Shepherds' Play; articles on Chaucer's Miller's Tale and Summoner's Tale, on the Anglo-Norman Adam, and on the endings of both A and B Texts of Piers Plowman. Edited special issue of Modern Language Quarterly on medieval English Literature, and a book of essays on Piers Plowman. An article forthcoming on the textual history (and problems) of Chaucer's "Retractions," part of a book-length project on the conclusion of the Canterbury Tales. Currently also working on an electronic edition of Piers Plowman A.



DAVID R. WAGONER, Professor Emeritus
M.A. 1949, Indiana

Poetry and fiction writing

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JOHN M. WEBSTER, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1974, California-Berkeley

Renaissance literature and aesthetics, literary theory, linguistics, history and rhetoric; rhetoric and composition

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
William Temple's "Analysis" of Sidney's "Apology" (1984), The Arts of Eloquence: Logic, Rhetoric and Poetry in Elizabethan Literature (in progress)

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ALYS WEINBAUM, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1998, Columbia

Modern Trans-Atlantic Literature and Culture, Feminism, Critical Theory, Critical Race Theory, American Studies, Transnational Cultural Studies.

Primary Scholarly Publications / Current Research Activities:
(Book) Wayward Reproductions: Genealogies of Race and Nation in Trans Atlantic Modern Thought (Duke University Press, 2004); (anthology) Next to the Color Line: W.E.B. DuBois, Gender and Sexuality (University of Minnesota Press, 2007); and articles in Differences, Feminist Studies, Social Text, Ariel, Science and Literature. (Current anthology project) The Modern Girl Around the World (Duke University Press, forthcoming); and (current book project) The New Biologic: Reproduction, Science and Fiction in Transnationalism.

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SHAWN WONG, Professor
M.A. 1974, San Francisco State

Fiction writing, Asian American Literature

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Ph.D. 1976, University of California-San Diego

American literature; women studies

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