Department of English at Illinois State University

Faculty Research Interests

The faculty in the English Department have a wide range of specialties and research interests. They publish research in Children's Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, English Education and Pedagogy, Linguistics/TESOL, Literary and Cultural Studies, Publishing, and Technical Writing. To learn more about an individual faculty member, click on his or her name.

To see the books published by our faculty, see our Faculty Books page.

Note: an * denotes graduate faculty status.

 

Children's Literature

Karen Coats*

Psychoanalytic Theory, Children’s Literature and Culture, Young Adult Literature.

Mary Moran*

 

Jan Susina*

Adolescent Literature and Culture, Children's Literature, Picture Books and Illustrated Texts, Folk Tales and Literary Fairy Tales, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Children's Literature, Visual Culture.

Roberta Trites*

Feminism and Narrative Theory in Children's and Adolescent Literature.

 

Composition/Rhetoric

Cheryl Ball*

New Media Reading and Composing Strategies, New Media Scholarship, Sustainable New Media Programs/Environments.

Bob Broad*

Writing Assessment (portfolio and communal assessment), Literacy and Democracy, English Education, and Qualitative Research Methods.

Casie Cobos*

cultural rhetorics and writing; Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Indigenous rhetorics, literatures, and studies; histories and theories of rhetoric; migration/border studies; critical theories (decolonial, post-structural, critical race, and theories of the flesh); women of color feminisms; food studies

Julie Jung*

Theories and Practices of Revision, Feminist Rhetorics, Rhetoric and Genre Theory, Teaching Writing.

Joan Mullin*

The role of professional and student mentoring in teaching, learning and curricular reform; Writing across the disciplines with an emphasis on the Visual Arts; International adaptations of U.S. Writing Research and program design; Digital research exchange.

Amy E. Robillard*

Composition Theory, Rhetorical Theory, Authorship Studies, Life Writing and Autobiography, Creative Non-fiction, Academic Writing, Class Studies.

Joyce Walker*

Intersections where humans and their composing tools meet.

 

Creative Writing

Joe Amato*

Poetry and Poetics, Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting, Creative Writing Pedagogy.

Ricardo Cortez Cruz*

(Re)Defining the Black Aesthetic, Relationship of Music and Fiction, (S)Language, Avant-Pop (Popular Culture in Fiction).

Kass Fleisher*

The Novel, Memoir, Literary Journalism, Women's Literature, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Narrative Theory.

Gabriel Gudding*

Poetry, Poetics, Pedagogy of Creative Writing, Teaching in Prisons.

 

Creative Writing continued.

Duriel Harris*

Improvisation and Black Aesthetics, Memory and Trauma Studies, WOC Feminisms, Digital Technologies and the African Diaspora, 18th and 19th Century African American Literature, Oppositional/Experimental poetics.

Elizabeth Hatmaker*

Crime Writing, Psychoanalysis, New Narrative, Euro-trash Aesthetics, Critical Poetics, Pedagogy.

Kathryn Kerr*

Poetry and Prose Poetry, Creative NonFiction, academic writers compared to non-academic writers, Irish Studies.

 

English Education and Pedagogy

Eileen Bularzik

Children's Writing, Young Adult Literature, Literacy Programs.

Julie Cheville *

Methods of teaching writing and reading, grammar instruction, perspective taking in contexts of teaching and learning, case study research.

Sarah Hochstetler*

Teaching of Writing, History of English Education, Writing Instruction.

Claire Lamonica*

Collaborative Writing, Composition Pedagogy.

Paula Ressler*

LGBT Issues in Education, Drama in Education for Literacy and Social Development, School-University Partnerships, Preparing Preservice Teachers, Collaborative Preparation and Support of Urban Teachers to Reduce Attrition and Isolation.

 

English Language Institute

Kasia Witkowska-Stadnik

Second Language Acquisition, First Language Acquisition.

 

Linguistics

Susan Burt*

Intercultural Pragmatics: Language Choice, Speech Act Realization, Politeness Theories; Language Shift.

Mahide Demirci*

Hyun-Sook Kang*

The role of input and instruction in learning a second language; heritage language learning and maintenance; individual differences in learning a second language.

Lisya Seloni*

Second Language Writing, Academic Socialization, Critical Pedagogy in TESOL, Discourse Analysis, Educational Ethnography,  Linguistic Landscape

K. Aaron Smith*

Linguistics, Morphosyntax, Grammaticization, History of English, Germanic Philology.

Literary and Cultural Studies

Christopher Breu*

20th Century American Literature, Popular Culture, Cultural and Critical Theory, Gender and Sexuality.

Christopher De Santis*

19th and 20th century American and African-American Literature, the Reconstruction Era and its Legacies, Racial Ideologies and National Identity, The Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, Southern Literature.

Kristin Dykstra*

Literatures of the United States, Cross-Cultural Issues in Literatures of the Americas, Poetry & Translation.

Katherine Ellison*

17th- & 18th-Century Cryptography, Intelligence Networks and Swarms, Postal Systems, and the History of Information.

Cynthia Huff*

Women’s Life, especially Writing, Victorian Culture and Science and its Impacts, Letters and Diaries, Using Life-Writing as a Pedagogical Resource, Familial Self-Presentation.

Hilary Justice*

20th Century American Literature, Drama, Textuality and Performativity, Print Culture and Bibliography and

Food Writing and Gastronomy .

Susan Kalter*

New American Literary History & the Archival Recovery of Noncanonical 

American Texts, 18th and 19th Century Literary and Cultural Studies, 

Early 20th Century Studies, Native American Studies/Native American 

Literatures, Ethnic Studies, Multiculturalism, Critical Race Theory 

and Post-Colonial/Anti-Colonial Theory.

Carol Lind*

Anglo-Saxon Literature, Pictish Symbol Stones.

Krishna Manavalli*

Postcolonial Theory & Literature (Colonialism and British Literature, Indian Writing in English, Literature of the South Asian Diaspora, and Vernacular literatures of South India), Feminism, Film Studies (South Asian Cinema), Translations (English-Kannada).

Susan Kim*

Old English Language and Literature, Medieval Literature, History of the English Language.

William McBride*

Film Style, Midrash, Writing & Violence, The Culture Industry, Refusal of Work, Faust Studies, Coming of Age, Monotheism.

Robert McLaughlin*

Postmodern Fiction, Thomas Pynchon, World War II Films, American Musical Theater.

Literary and Cultural Studies, continued.

Sally Parry*

Sinclair Lewis, American Literature between World War I and World War II, World War II films, Adolescent Series Fiction.

Brian Rejack*

19th century British Literature

Romanticism

Food writing and gastronomy

New media studies

Print culture and book history

Gaming and Internet culture

Rebecca Saunders*

Literary and Cultural Theory; Comparative Literature; Continental Philosophy; Late 19th and 20th Century Literatures of Europe and Africa, particularly of France, Greece, the Maghreb, and South Africa; Theories of Nationalism and Globalization; (Trans)gender and Postcolonial Studies; the Concept of the Foreign; Trauma and Modernity.

Torri Thompson*

Kirstin Zona*

20th Century American Poetry and Poetics, Creative Writing, Ethics and Ecocriticism, Feminist Poetics.

 

Publishing and Textual Studies

Cheryl Ball*

Digital Publishing,Multimodal Editing, Editorial Pedagogies.

Katherine Ellison*

17th- & 18th-Century Publishing and Reading Histories, Textual Studies, Manuscript and Archival Studies, Digital Humanities and Editing

Steve Halle

Genealogical study of poetry,
Transgressive/oppositional literatures, Creative writing pedagogy and administration non-profit literary publishing

Tim Hunt

Textual Studies

Hilary Justice*

Textual Theory, Textual Criticism, Bibliography & Editing

Food Writing and Gastronomy

Jim Kalmbach*

The Intersections of Technology and Pedagogy, Emergent Pedagogies, Digital Literacies, New Media Studies, Web Design.

Technical Writing

Lee Brasseur*

Technical Communication in the Fetal Ultrasound Exam, Cultural Critiques of Technical Visual Information, Graphing and Charting Processes, Workplace Ethnographies of Visual Design.

Angela Haas*

Cultural Rhetorics, Digital Rhetorics, Visual Rhetorics, American Indian Rhetorics, Histories and Theories of Rhetoric, Alternative Cyberfeminist Theory, Decolonial Theory and Methodology, Global and Inter-/Intra-Cultural Professional/Technical Communication, Cultural Usability Studies.

Elise Hurley*

Professional and technical communication theory and pedagogy, visual communication and visual rhetorics, visual culture, rhetoric and composition studies, community outreach and civic engagement, digital rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, multimodal composition.

Jim Kalmbach*

The Intersections of Technology and Pedagogy, Emergent Pedagogies, Digital Literacies, New Media Studies, Web Design.

 

(*denotes graduate faculty status)

TESOL

Susan Burt*

Intercultural Pragmatics: Language Choice, Speech Act Realization, Politeness Theories; Language Shift.

Mahide Demirci*

Hyun-Sook Kang*

The role of input and instruction in learning a second language; heritage language learning and maintenance; individual differences in learning a second language.

Lisya Seloni*

Second Language Writing, Academic Socialization, Critical Pedagogy in TESOL, Discourse Analysis, Educational Ethnography,  Linguistic Landscape