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 Ashley Cohen

Ashley Cohen
Assistant Professor

  • 18th-Century British and Transatlantic Literature

  • British Imperial History

  • Postcolonial and Transnational Studies

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
Director of English Honors & Awards

  • 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

Assistant 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
Associate Professor

  • 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
Associate 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
Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • 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

  • 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 Noël Sugimura

Noël Sugimura
Associate Professor

 

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

  • 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 Javier Jimenez

Javier Jimenez
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 Ward Tietz

Ward Tietz
Lecturer

Portrait of Niles Tomlinson

Niles Tomlinson
Lecturer

  • American Gothic Fiction
  • 19th Century American Literature
  • Animal Studies
Portrait of Elizabeth Velez

Elizabeth Velez
Lecturer

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
Portrait of Mabel Gergan

Mabel Gergan
Mellon-Sawyer Post Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities

  • Postcolonial and Decolonial Theory
  • Critical Approaches to the Anthropocene
  • Indigenous Politics
  • Environmental Risk and Precarity
  • Youth Politics
  • Cultural and Political Geography
  • South Asia and the Himalayan Region
Portrait of Cheryl Suzack

Cheryl Suzack
Affiliate Researcher
Fulbright Scholar

    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 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