Professors Abusharaf, Chakravarti, and Parsons Named 2nd Sonneborn Interdisciplinary Collaboration Chair
October 24th, 2023
University Provost Robert Groves recently announced the Provost Office Faculty awards, and one of the English Department’s own, Prof. Cóilín Parsons, was named alongside his…
Interdisciplinary Research Team Begins Yearlong Inquiry into Restorative Black Ecologies and Spaces
October 17th, 2023
An interdisciplinary team of Georgetown researchers is beginning a yearlong inquiry into the past, present and future of Black ecologies. Led by Amani Morrison, an assistant professor in…
Professor Carolyn Forché inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
October 6th, 2023
The Department of English is excited to announce that Distinguished University Professor Carolyn Forché has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. According to the…
Prof. Djanikian’s new novel is the Barnes & Noble October Book Club Pick
October 5th, 2023
Ariel Djanikian’s novel THE PROSPECTORS is out with William Morrow this month and is the Barnes and Noble Book Club pick for October. From Barnes and Noble: “The Prospectors is the…
The Department of English at Georgetown University has one of the largest undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and houses one of the few stand-alone English Master’s programs at a nationally ranked university.
With its small classes, the Department of English at Georgetown University emphasizes close work with students and teaching excellence. Our faculty boasts a robust and diverse record of publication, and many have won major university teaching prizes. Reflecting a broadening of the field in recent years, our department offers courses in canonical and non-canonical literature and film in English. The Department is the home of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice and the University Writing Program.
Statement of Principles from the Faculty of English, Georgetown University
The Department of English at Georgetown University stands united in its commitment to the fundamental equality and inherent dignity of all human beings. These values are the foundation of our work in the humanities and transcend political affiliation. They are also embedded in our University’s mission and the Jesuit tradition of seeking social justice.
As humanists we are committed to the practices of principled argumentation, free inquiry, careful consideration of evidence and fact, and sustained, contemplative engagement. A prerequisite for those practices is respect.
We join together in opposition to those who would ignore, reject, or recast as debatable the principles of equality and justice that are the foundation of our work as educators.
We affirm this shared commitment publicly because the values of equality and human dignity continue to be under threat. Instances of racist, misogynist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, homophobic, and anti-Semitic harassment, coupled with hate crimes and acts of racial terrorism, are on the rise nationally. They also occur at Georgetown.
The climate for these acts has been substantively shaped by a rhetoric of divisive bigotry that has come to dominate our political discourse, even at the highest levels of our government. As teachers of English we know that words are powerful. We reject the language of division and affirm publicly our shared commitment to justice.
To our students: we stand in solidarity with you. We acknowledge your fears and affirm your right to pursue knowledge regardless of your identity or origin. Our task is to support, to encourage, and to challenge all of you. We commit to that task now and always.
Many courses are interdisciplinary and our faculty have played a major role in founding the African American Studies Department and interdisciplinary programs of the College:
Department Chair: Daniel Shore
Director of Graduate Studies: Patrick O’Malley
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Pamela Fox
Director of Honors: Kathryn Temple
Director of Creative Writing: Phil Sandick
If you are seeking information on English language courses, please contact the English Language Center.