Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Randy Bass

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

Professor of English

Research/Teaching Interests: Learning, Pedagogy & Design, Impact of Digital Technologies on Education ____________________________________________________________

Caetlin Benson-Allott

Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: US Film History, Film Theory, Video and Digital Media Cultures, New Media Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory, Materialism and Object Studies, Horror Media ____________________________________________________________

Michael Collins

Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Shakespeare and Anglo-Welsh Poetry of the 20th-Century, Shakespeare, Modern British Drama, Medieval/Renaissance Drama ____________________________________________________________

Maureen Corrigan

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

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Margaret Debelius

Teaching Professor
Director of Faculty Initiatives, CNDLS

Research/Teaching Interests: Writing Studies, Faculty Development, Graduate Education, Victorian Literature ____________________________________________________________

Jennifer Natalya Fink

Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Creative Writing, Performance Studies, Queer Theory ____________________________________________________________

Carolyn Forché

University Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Aminatta Forna, OBE

Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair
Visiting Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Creative Writing (Fiction & Non-Fiction), Witness Literature, Transnational Literature ____________________________________________________________

Pamela Fox

Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Research/Teaching Interests: American and British Working-Class Literature and Culture, Country Music, Feminist Theory, Literature by Women, Transracial and Transnational Adoption, Motherhood Memoirs and Literature ____________________________________________________________

David Gewanter

Professor
Director of Creative Writing Minor

Research/Teaching Interests: Creative Writing, Poetry Writing, Modern & Contemporary Poems, The Lyric, “Investigative” Poems, Composition ____________________________________________________________

John Glavin

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

Research/Teaching Interests: Writing for the Screen, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Adaptation ____________________________________________________________

Nathan Hensley

Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Victorian Literature, Literary Theory, Cultures of Contemporary Globalization, The Novel, Ecology ____________________________________________________________

John C. Hirsh

Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval Literature, Chaucer, Religious and Secular Lyrics, Medieval Spirituality, Mysticism, Late Medieval Devotion, 19th-Century American Literature, Urban Literacy ____________________________________________________________

Brian Hochman

Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: American Studies, 19th and 20th Century American Literature and Culture, Film and Media Studies ____________________________________________________________

M. Lindsay Kaplan

Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Shakespeare, Early Modern English drama, Religion, Race, Gender, Bible as Literature ____________________________________________________________

Sherry Lee Linkon

Professor
Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives

Research/Teaching Interests: Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Working-Class Studies, American Literature ____________________________________________________________

David Lipscomb

Assistant Teaching Professor
Director, Writing Center

Research/Teaching Interests: Writing Studies, Professional Writing, Writing Center Studies and Administration ____________________________________________________________

Eddie Maloney

Executive Director, CNDLS
Professor of the Practice

Research/Teaching Interests: 20th Century Modern and Postmodern Fiction, Narrative Theory. Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, Education Research ____________________________________________________________

Mark McMorris

Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Poetry & Poetics, Avant-Garde and Experimental Poetry & Poetics, Poetry Writing, Postcolonial Literature and Theory ____________________________________________________________

Sarah McNamer

Professor
Director, Medieval Studies Program

Research/Teaching Interests: Medieval Literature and Culture (English, Italian, French), Middle English Literature, The History of Emotion, Global Medieval Literatures ____________________________________________________________

Lori Merish

Professor
Director of Honors

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Angelyn Mitchell

Associate Professor
Director, Minority Mentoring Program

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Patrick R. O’Malley

Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 19th-Century British and Irish Literature and Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Religion and Literature ____________________________________________________________

Lena Cowen Orlin

Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama ____________________________________________________________

Ricardo Ortíz

Associate Professor
Chair, English Department

Research/Teaching Interests: US Latinx Literature and Culture, Critical Theory, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies ____________________________________________________________

Cóilín Parsons

Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Irish Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Modernism ____________________________________________________________

Matthew P. Pavesich

Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Writing, Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy ____________________________________________________________

Seth Perlow

Associate Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 20th-Century and Contemporary U.S. Literature, Poetry and Poetics, Comparative Media Studies, Postmodern Fiction, Critical Theory ____________________________________________________________

John C. Pfordresher

Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 19th-Century British Literature, Catholic Studies: The Catholic Imagination ____________________________________________________________

Amanda Phillips

Assistant Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Media Studies, Digital Humanities, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory ____________________________________________________________

Libbie S. Rifkin

Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Nicole Rizzuto

Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Critical Theory, Modernism, Postcolonial and Anglophone Literature ____________________________________________________________

Phil Sandick

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Composition and Creative Writing Pedagogy, Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition, Contemporary Fiction, The Short Story ____________________________________________________________

Karen Shaup

Associate Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Modernism, Digital Humanities, Composition Pedagogy ____________________________________________________________

Daniel Shore

Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Research/Teaching Interests: Early Modern Literature, Digital Humanities, Linguistics, Intellectual History ____________________________________________________________

Christine So

Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Asian American Studies, Critical Race Studies, Law and Literature ____________________________________________________________

Rebecca Tarsa

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Kathryn Temple

Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 18th Century Literature and Culture; Law, Culture and the Humanities, Writing and Professional Writing, Graduate Education in the Humanities, Value of the Humanities ____________________________________________________________

Norma Tilden

Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Writing and Writing Pedagogy, Nonfiction Prose, Contemporary Essay, Nature Writing, Ecocriticism ____________________________________________________________

Kelley Wickham-Crowley

Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Duncan Wu

Raymond Wagner Professor in Literary Studies

Research/Teaching Interests: Poetry, British Romanticism, Postwar British Drama

Faculty Lecturers & Affiliated Faculty

Faculty Lecturers

Katherine Attie

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Early Modern British Literature, Culture, and Intellectual History; Shakespeare, Renaissance Poetry and Poetics ____________________________________________________________

Mary Jane Barnett

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Rebecca Boylan

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Lydia X.Z. Brown

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Access-Centered Pedagogical Design, Creative Writing (Fiction), Disability Studies and Critical Disability Theory, Representations of Disability, Queerness; and Race in Media and Literature, Transracial and Transnational Adoption

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Kelly Cole

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: 20th-Century American Culture, Television History and Criticism, Film Studies, Representations of Race and Gender in Media, Advertising ____________________________________________________________

Franklin Foer

Lecturer


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Lisbeth Fuisz

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Twentieth-Century US Literature and Culture, Composition/Rhetoric, Gender Studies/Feminist Theory, Native American Studies, Pedagogy and History of US Education, Critical Multiculturalism and Social Justice Theory, Disability Studies ____________________________________________________________

Ellen Gorman

Lecturer

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Gretchen Henderson

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Creative Writing (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry), Writing and the Arts, Environmental Humanities, Cultural Studies & Disability Studies, Writing & the Museum
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Mimi Khúc

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Disability Studies, Asian American Studies, Mental Health, Queer of Color Feminist Critique, Public Intellectual and Arts Work

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Sara Schotland

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Disability Studies, Law and Literature, Literature of War, Utopia/Dystopia Studies ____________________________________________________________

Christopher Shinn

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Asian American and African American Literatures, World Literature and Film, Comparative Ethnicities and Race, Theories of Diaspora, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Theory, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Pulp Fiction ____________________________________________________________

Margaret Talbot

Lecturer

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Ward Tietz

Lecturer

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Niles Tomlinson

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: American Gothic Fiction, 19th Century American Literature, Animal Studies ____________________________________________________________

Dennis Williams

Lecturer

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Joy Young

Lecturer

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Affiliated Faculty

Mark Bosco, S.J.

Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Research/Teaching Interests: Intersection of Religion and Art, 20th Century Catholic Literary Tradition

Writing Program Faculty

Core Faculty

Sherry Lee Linkon

Professor
Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives

Research/Teaching Interests: Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Working-Class Studies, American Literature ____________________________________________________________

David Lipscomb

Director, Writing Center
Assistant Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Writing Studies, Professional Writing, Writing Center Studies and Administration ____________________________________________________________

Matthew P. Pavesich

Associate Director
Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Writing, Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy ____________________________________________________________

Monica Maxwell

Assistant Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Phil Sandick

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Composition and Creative Writing Pedagogy, Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition, Contemporary Fiction, The Short Story ____________________________________________________________

Karen Shaup

Associate Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: Modernism, Digital Humanities, Composition Pedagogy ____________________________________________________________

Rebecca Tarsa

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 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

Mary Jane Barnett

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Rebecca Boylan

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Nate Brown

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction Writing, Journalism, Literary Journal Editing, Publishing, Digital Publishing ____________________________________________________________

Stacy Day

Lecturer

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Lisbeth Fuisz

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: 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 ____________________________________________________________

Kathryn Goodman

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Professional Writing, New Media Rhetoric, Environmental Rhetoric, Sociolinguistics, Instructional Methodologies ____________________________________________________________

Laura Hartmann-Villalta

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: 20th Century American and British literature, Human Rights Studies, Visual Culture (particularly Documentary Photography); Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; War Studies ____________________________________________________________

Hunter Hoskins

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: Writing Studies, Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy ____________________________________________________________

Jee Yoon Lee

Lecturer

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Marcos L. Martinez

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: First-Year Writing, Working with Multilingual Learners, Translation Studies, Advanced Composition for Business Majors, Creative Writing (novel, flash-fiction, poetry), Queer Theory ____________________________________________________________

George Mihaychuk

Associate Professor
Department of Slavic Languages

Research/Teaching Interests: Issues in late-19th Century Russian Literature, Discourse or Functional Approach to Narration, Rhetoric, Ukrainian literature (from the 1800s to 1930s), Translation ____________________________________________________________

Marcia Morris

Professor
Department of Slavic Languages

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Seth Perlow

Associate Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 20th-Century and Contemporary U.S. Literature, Poetry and Poetics, Comparative Media Studies, Postmodern Fiction, Critical Theory ____________________________________________________________

Alis Sandosharaj

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: American Studies, Critical Race Theory, African-American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Ethnography, Composition/Rhetoric, 20th Century American Literature, Atheism ____________________________________________________________

Kathryn Temple

Professor

Research/Teaching Interests: 18th Century Literature and Culture; Law, Culture and the Humanities, Writing and Professional Writing, Graduate Education in the Humanities, Value of the Humanities

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Niles Tomlinson

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Interests: American Gothic Fiction, 19th Century American Literature, Animal Studies ____________________________________________________________

Emeritus Faculty

Paul Betz

Research Interests: British Romantic Poetry, Wordsworth, Coleridge

Gay Gibson Cima

Research Interests: 18th and 19th Century Feminist Performance History and Theory, Critical Race Theory, Early American Black Women Activists

Barbara Feinman Todd

Research Interests: Investigative Reporting, Voice, Memoir

Lucy Maddox

Research Interests: Slavery and Free Black People in the Mid-Atlantic Region

George O’Brien

Research Interests: Irish Literature 1800–Present, Autobiography

Jason Rosenblatt

Research Interests: 17th Century English Literature & History: John Milton & John Seldon, Biblical Narrative, Literature and Religion, Literature and History

Dennis Todd

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