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


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.

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.

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.

Tara Lyons

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

William McBride

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

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

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


Sarah Hochstetler

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

Claire Lamonica

Collaborative Writing, Composition Pedagogy.

Danielle Lillge

 

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.

Sally Parry

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

Ela Przybylo

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


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.

Erika Sparby

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

Lisya Seloni

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