Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Portrait of Randy Bass

Randy Bass
Vice Provost for Education
Executive Director, CNDLS
Director, Visible Knowledge Project

Professor of English

  • Learning
  • Pedagogy & Design
  • Impact of Digital Technologies on Education
Portrait of Caetlin Benson-Allott

Caetlin Benson-Allott
Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor

  • US Film History

  • Film Theory

  • Video and Digital Media Cultures

  • New Media Studies

  • Feminist and Queer Theory

  • Materialism and Object Studies

  • Horror Media

Portrait of Michael Collins

Michael Collins
Teaching Professor

  • Shakespeare and Anglo-Welsh Poetry of the 20th-Century

  • Shakespeare

  • Modern British Drama

  • Medieval/Renaissance Drama

Portrait of Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan
The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism

  • The work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Contemporary Literature

  • The Literature of New York City

  • Public Intellectuals in America

  • American Detective Fiction

  • Women's Autobiography

  • 19th Century British Poetry and Prose

Portrait of Margaret Debelius

Margaret Debelius
Teaching Professor
Director of Faculty Initiatives, CNDLS

  • Writing Studies

  • Faculty Development

  • Graduate Education

  • Victorian Literature

Portrait of Jennifer Natalya Fink

Jennifer Natalya Fink
Associate Professor

  • Creative Writing
  • Performance Studies
  • Queer Theory
Portrait of Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché
University Professor

  • Poetry Writing

  • Poetry of Witness

  • 20th/21st-Century Poetry in English and in Translation

  • Documentary Poetics

  • Literature and Human Rights

  • Short-Form Prose

  • Lannan Seminar

Portrait of Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna, OBE
Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair Visiting Professor

  • Creative Writing, Fiction

  • Creative Writing, Non-Fiction

  • Witness Literature

  • Transnational Literature

Portrait of Pamela Fox

Pamela Fox
Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

  • American and British Working-Class Literature and Culture

  • Country Music

  • Feminist Theory

  • Literature by Women

  • Transracial and Transnational Adoption

  • Motherhood Memoirs and Literature

Portrait of David GewanterDavid Gewanter

Professor
Director of Creative Writing

  • Creative Writing

  • Poetry Writing

  • Modern & Contemporary Poems

  • The Lyric

  • "Investigative" Poems

  • Composition

Portrait of John Glavin

John Glavin
Professor
Director, Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Research

  • Writing for the Screen

  • Nineteenth-Century Fiction

  • Adaptation

Portrait of Nathan HensleyNathan Hensley

Associate Professor

  • Victorian Literature

  • Literary Theory

  • Cultures of Contemporary Globalization

  • The Novel

  • Ecology

Portrait of John C. Hirsh

John C. Hirsh
Professor

  • Medieval Literature

  • Chaucer

  • Religious and Secular Lyrics

  • Medieval Spirituality

  • Mysticism

  • Late Medieval Devotion

  • 19th-Century American Literature

  • Urban Literacy

Portrait of Brian Hochman

Brian Hochman
Associate Professor

  • American Studies

  • 19th and 20th Century American Literature and Culture

  • Film and Media Studies

Portrait of M. Lindsay Kaplan

M. Lindsay Kaplan
Associate Professor

  • Shakespeare

  • Early Modern English drama

  • Religion

  • Race

  • Gender

  • Bible as Literature

Portrait of Sherry Lee Linkon

Sherry Lee Linkon
Professor
Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives

  • Teaching and learning in the humanities

  • Working-class studies

  • American literature

Portrait of David Lipscomb

David Lipscomb
Assistant Teaching Professor
Director, Writing Center

  • Writing Studies

  • Professional Writing

  • Writing Center Studies and Administration

Portrait of Dana Luciano

Dana Luciano
Associate Professor

  • 19th century US Literature and Culture

  • Queer theory

  • Film

  • Photography and Media Studies

  • Environmental Humanities

Portrait of Edward Maloney

Eddie Maloney
Executive Director, CNDLS
Professor of the Practice

  • 20th Century Modern and Postmodern Fiction

  • Narrative Theory

  • Critical Theory

  • Digital Humanities

  • Education Research

Portrait of Mark McMorris

Mark McMorris
Professor

  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Poetry & Poetics

  • Avant-Garde and Experimental Poetry & Poetics

  • Poetry Writing

  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Portrait of Sarah McNamer

Sarah McNamer
Professor
Director, Medieval Studies Program

  • Medieval Literature and Culture (English, Italian, French)

  • Middle English Literature

  • The History of Emotion

  • Global Medieval Literatures

Portrait of Lori Merish

Lori Merish
Associate Professor

  • 19th and 20th Century U.S. Literature and Culture

  • Feminist Theory and Women’s Writing

  • Multi-Ethnic and Working-Class U.S. Literatures

  • Literature and Material Culture (including “Thing Theory” and Theories of Commodity Culture)

  • Transatlanticism

  • Literature and Economic Justice

Portrait of Angelyn Mitchell

Angelyn Mitchell
Associate Professor
Director, Minority Mentoring Program

  • African American Literary & Cultural Studies

  • African American Studies

  • American Literary and Cultural Studies

  • Morrison Studies

  • Critical Race Studies

  • African American Intellectual History

  • Black Popular Culture

  • Southern Studies

  • American Studies

  • Feminist Theory

  • Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

  • Black Women Writers

  • Whiteness Studies

  • Ethnic Studies

Portrait of Patrick R.O'Malley

Patrick R. O'Malley
Professor

  • 19th-Century British and Irish Literature and Culture

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • Religion and Literature

Portrait of Lena Cowen Orlin

Lena Cowen Orlin
Professor

  • Shakespeare

  • Renaissance Drama

Portrait of Ricaro Ortíz

Ricardo Ortíz
Associate Professor
Chair, English Department

  • US Latin@ Literature and Culture

  • Critical Theory

  • American Studies

  • Cultural Studies

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies

Portrait of Cóilín Parsons

Cóilín Parsons
Associate Professor

  • Irish Literature

  • Postcolonial Literature

  • Modernism

Portrait of Matthew P. Pavesich

Matthew P. Pavesich
Associate Teaching Professor

  • Writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Composition Pedagogy
Portrait of Seth Perlow

Seth Perlow
Assistant Teaching Professor

  • 20th-Century and Contemporary U.S. Literature
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Comparative Media Studies
  • Postmodern Fiction
  • Critical Theory
Portrait of John C. Pfordresher

John C. Pfordresher
Professor

  • 19th-Century British literature
  • Catholic Studies: the Catholic Imagination
Portrait of Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips
Assistant Professor

  • Media Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Feminist Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Queer Theory
Portrait of Samantha N. Pinto

Samantha N. Pinto
Associate Professor

  • African-American, African, Caribbean, and African Diaspora Literature and Culture

  • Postcolonial Studies

  • Feminist Theory

  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Ethnic Studies

  • Cultural Studies

  • American Studies

  • Poetry

  • Performance Studies

Portrait of Libbie S. Rifkin

Libbie S. Rifkin
Teaching Professor

  • Modern and Contemporary American Poetry including Classes in Modernism
  • African American and Women's Poetry
  • Disability Studies
  • Gender and Poetic Friendship
  • Avant-Garde Poetic Careers
Portrait of Nicole Rizzuto

Nicole Rizzuto
Associate Professor

  • Critical Theory
  • Modernism
  • Postcolonial/Anglophone Literature
Portrait of Phil Sandick

Phil Sandick
Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Composition and Creative Writing Pedagogy

  • Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition

  • Contemporary Fiction

  • The Short Story

Portrait of Henry Schwarz

Henry Schwarz
Professor

  • Literary Theory

  • Cultural Studies

  • Postcolonialism

  • India, Justice and Peace Studies

  • Social Change

Portrait of Karen Shaup

Karen Shaup
Associate Teaching Professor

  • Modernism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Composition Pedagogy
Portrait of Daniel Shore

Daniel Shore
Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • Early Modern Literature
  • Digital Humanities
  • Linguistics
  • Intellectual History
Portrait of Christine So

Christine So
Associate Professor

  • Asian American Studies

  • Critical Race Studies

  • Law and Literature

Portrait of Rebecca Tarsa

Rebecca Tarsa
Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Digital and Web Writing

  • Multimodal Composing

  • Professional Writing

  • Visual and Digital Rhetoric

  • New Media Literacy

  • Rhetoric and Pedagogy

  • Digital Communities and Participation

  • Games and Learning

  • Writing Program Administration (focusing on instructor training and program development)

  • Writing Across the Curriculum

Portrait of Kathryn Temple

Kathryn Temple
Associate Professor
Director of English Honors & Awards

  • 18th Century Literature and Culture

  • Law, Culture and the Humanities

  • Writing and Professional Writing

  • Graduate Education in the Humanities

  • Value of the Humanities

Portrait of Norma Tilden

Norma Tilden
Teaching Professor

  • Writing and Writing Pedagogy

  • Nonfiction Prose

  • Contemporary Essay

  • Nature Writing

  • Ecocriticism

Portrait of Kelley Wickham-Crowley

Kelley Wickham-Crowley
Associate Professor

  • Old English and Early Middle English literature
  • Intersections of Physical and Intellectual Culture
  • Early Medieval Archaeology of the British Isles
  • Feminist and Gender Theory and Medieval Sexualities
  • Anglo-Saxon architecture
  • Laamon's Brut (12th century verse history of Britain and Arthur)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien's Writings
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
Portrait of Duncan Wu

Duncan Wu
Raymond Wagner Professor in Literary Studies

  • Poetry
  • British Romanticism
  • Postwar British Drama

Faculty Lecturers

Portrait of Mary Jane Barnett

Mary Jane Barnett
Lecturer

  • Shakespeare; the Use of Twins in The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night
  • Rhetorical/Spatial Figures Both as Theatrical Devices and as Epistemological Poetics
  • Utopian Dreams and Dystopian Disappointments
  • Writing and Culture
Portrait of Rebecca Boylan

Rebecca Boylan
Lecturer

  • 19th-20th Century British/Global Literature
  • Lit, Art, and Film of WWI
  • Detective Fiction and Film
  • Victorian Literature and Photography
  • Exploring Narrative/Prose/Verse through Epistemology, Ethics, and Aesthetics
Portrait of Kelly Cole

Kelly Cole
Lecturer

  • 20th-Century American Culture
  • Television History and Criticism
  • Film Studies
  • Representations of Race and Gender in Media
  • Advertising
Portrait of Lisbeth Fuisz

Lisbeth Fuisz
Lecturer

  • Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture
  • Composition/Rhetoric
  • Gender Studies/Feminist Theory
  • Native American Studies
  • Pedagogy and History of U.S. Education
  • Critical Multiculturalism and Social Justice Theory
  • Disability Studies
Portrait of Ellen Gorman

Ellen Gorman
Lecturer

Portrait of Christopher Shinn

Christopher Shinn
Lecturer

  • Asian American and African American Literatures
  • World Literature and Film
  • Comparative Ethnicities and Race
  • Theories of Diaspora
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy and pulp fiction
  • Pulp Fiction
Portrait of Niles Tomlinson

Niles Tomlinson
Lecturer

  • American Gothic Fiction
  • 19th Century American Literature
  • Animal Studies
Portrait of Dennis Williams

Dennis Williams
Lecturer

Portrait of Joy Young

Joy Young
Lecturer

Affiliated Faculty

Portrait of Mark Bosco, S.J.

Mark Bosco, S.J.
Vice President for Mission and Ministry

  • Intersection of Religion and Art
  • 20th Century Catholic Literary Tradition

Emeritus Faculty

Portrait of Paul Betz

Paul Betz

  • Research Specialties: British Romantic Poetry, Wordsworth, Coleridge
Portrait of Gay Gibson Cima

Gay Gibson Cima

  • Research Specialties: 18th and 19th Century Feminist Performance History and Theory, Critical Race Theory, Early American Black Women Activists
Portrait of Barbara Feinman Todd

Barbara Feinman Todd

  • Research Specialties: Investigative Reporting, Voice, Memoir
Portrait of Lucy Maddox

Lucy Maddox

  • Research Specialties: Slavery and Free Black People in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Portrait of George O'Brien

George O'Brien

  • Research Specialties: Irish Literature 1800-Present, Autobiography
Portrait of Jason Rosenblatt

Jason Rosenblatt

  • Research Specialties: 17th Century English Literature & History: John Milton and John Selden, Biblical Narrative, Literature and Religion, Literature and History
Portrait of Dennis Todd

Dennis Todd

  • Research Specialties: 18th-Century British and American Literature, William Byrd

Core Faculty

Portrait of Sherry Lee Linkon

Sherry Lee Linkon
Professor
Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives

  • Teaching and Learning in the Humanities
  • Working-Class Studies
  • American Literature
Portrait of David Lipscomb

David Lipscomb
Director, Writing Center
Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Writing Studies
  • Professional Writing
  • Writing Center Studies and Administration
Portrait of Matthew P. Pavesich

Matthew P. Pavesich
Associate Director
Associate Teaching Professor

  • Writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Composition Pedagogy
Portrait of Monica Maxwell

Monica Maxwell
Assistant Professor

  • Academic Writing for Non-Native English Speakers
  • American Literature within Cultural and Historical Contexts
  • English as a Foreign/Second Language
  • Foreign Language Teaching Pedagogy
  • Applied Linguistics/Sociolinguistics
Portrait of Phil Sandick

Phil Sandick
Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Composition and Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • The Short Story
Portrait of Karen Shaup

Karen Shaup
Associate Teaching Professor

  • Modernism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Composition Pedagogy
Portrait of Rebecca Tarsa

Rebecca Tarsa
Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Digital and Web Writing
  • Multimodal Composing
  • Professional Writing
  • Visual and Digital Rhetoric
  • New Media Literary
  • Rhetoric and Pedagogy
  • Digital Communities and Participation
  • Games and Learning
  • Writing Program Administration
  • Writing Across the Curriculum

Affiliated Writing Faculty

Portrait of Mary Jane Barnett

Mary Jane Barnett
Lecturer

  • Shakespeare; the Use of Twins in The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night
  • Rhetorical/Spatial Figures Both as Theatrical Devices and as Epistemological Poetics
  • Utopian Dreams and Dystopian Disappointments
  • Writing and Culture
Portrait of Rebecca Boylan

Rebecca Boylan
Lecturer

  • 19th-20th Century British/Global Literature
  • Lit, Art, and Film of WWI
  • Detective Fiction and Film
  • Victorian Literature and Photography
  • Exploring Narrative/Prose/Verse through Epistemology, Ethics, and Aesthetics
Portrait of Stacy Day

Stacy Day
Lecturer

Portrait of Lisbeth Fuisz

Lisbeth Fuisz
Lecturer

  • Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture
  • Composition/Rhetoric
  • Gender Studies/Feminist Theory
  • Native American Studies
  • Pedagogy and History of U.S. Education
  • Critical Multiculturalism and Social Justice Theory
  • Disability Studies
Portrait of Svetlana Grenier

Svetlana Grenier
Associate Professor
Department of Slavic Languages

Portrait of Laura Hartmann-Villalta

Laura Hartmann-Villalta
Lecturer

  • 20th Century American and British literature
  • Human Rights Studies
  • Visual Culture (particularly Documentary Photography)
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • War Studies
Portrait of Jee Yoon Lee

Jee Yoon Lee
Lecturer

Portrait of George Mihaychuk

George Mihaychuk
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Slavic Languages

Portrait of Marcia Morris

Marcia Morris
Professor
Department of Slavic Languages

Portrait of Seth Perlow

Seth Perlow
Assistant Teaching Professor

  • 20th-Century and Contemporary U.S. Literature
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Comparative Media Studies
  • Postmodern Fiction
  • Critical Theory
Portrait of Libbie S. Rifkin

Libbie S. Rifkin
Teaching Professor

  • Modern and Contemporary American Poetry including Classes in Modernism
  • African American and Women's Poetry
  • Disability Studies
  • Gender and Poetic Friendship
  • Avant-Garde Poetic Careers
Portrait of Alis Sandosharaj

Alis Sandosharaj
Lecturer

  • American Studies
  • Critical Race Theory
  • African-American Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Memoir
  • Ethnography
  • Composition/Rhetoric
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • Atheism
Portrait of Christopher Shinn

Christopher Shinn
Lecturer

  • Asian American and African American Literatures
  • World Literature and Film
  • Comparative Ethnicities and Race
  • Theories of Diaspora
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy and Pulp Fiction
  • Pulp Fiction
Portrait of Kathryn Temple

Kathryn Temple
Associate Professor

  • 18th Century Literature and Culture
  • Law, Culture and the Humanities
  • Writing and Professional Writing
  • Graduate Education in the Humanities
  • Value of the Humanities
Portrait of Niles Tomlinson

Niles Tomlinson
Lecturer

  • American Gothic Fiction
  • 19th Century American Literature
  • Animal Studies
Portrait of Joy Young

Joy Young
Lecturer