Graduate Faculty

The graduate 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.

Children's Literature

Karen Coats

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

Mary Jeanette Moran

Feminist, Narrative, and Ethical Theory, Children's and Adolescent Literature, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century

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.

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.

Gabe Gudding

Moral Philosophy as it Relates to Literary Production, Animals, Animality, Veganism, Hybrid Texts, Hybrid Writing, Sociology of Literary Production & Cultural Formation of Literary Taste, Transgeneric Writing

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.

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.

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.

Tim Hunt

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.

Susan Kim

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

Carol Lind

Anglo-Saxon Literature, Pictish Symbol Stones.

Tara Lyons

Early Modern Drama, Book History, Rare Books, Sammelbande, Digital Humanities, Gender Studies, and Theater History and Performance.

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).

William McBride

Film Style, Drama Stage & Page, Biblical Hermeneutics, Cultural Theory, Formal Analysis, Coming of Age, Monotheism, Hitchcock.

Robert McLaughlin

Postmodern and Post-postmodern Literature and Culture; Thomas Pynchon; David Foster Walace; the Popular Culture of World War II; the Musical Theater; Stephen Sondheim

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.

Paul Ugor

20th and 21th Cenury African Litetartures and Cultures; New Media Cultures in the Global South; Global Youth Cultures; Postcolonial Theory; and New Social Processes—in global politics, economy, information and communication technologies, cultural/textual representations, and everyday life

Kirstin Zona

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

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.

English Education and Pedagogy

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.

Publishing and Textual Studies

Katherine Ellison

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

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.

Tim Hunt

Hilary Justice

Textual Theory, Textual Criticism, Bibliography & Editing Food Writing and Gastronomy

Robert McLaughlin

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

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.

Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication

Lee Brasseur

Technical Communication in the Fetal Ultrasound Exam, Cultural critiques of technical visual information, Graphing and charting processes, Workplace Ethnographies of visual design, Florence Nightingale.

Bob Broad

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

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.

Julie Jung

Feminisms and Rhetorics, Disability Rhetorics, Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies, Posthumanist Rhetorics, Burkean rhetorical theory

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.

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