Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

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

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

Michael Collins

Teaching Professor

  • 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

  • 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

  • Writing Studies
  • Faculty Development
  • Graduate Education
  • Victorian Literature

Jennifer Natalya Fink

Professor

  • Creative Writing
  • Performance Studies
  • Queer Theory

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

Aminatta Forna, OBE

Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair
Visiting Professor

  • Creative Writing, Fiction
  • Creative Writing, Non-Fiction
  • Witness Literature
  • Transnational Literature

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

David Gewanter

Professor
Director of Creative Writing Minor

  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Modern & Contemporary Poems
  • The Lyric
  • “Investigative” Poems
  • Composition

John Glavin

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

  • Writing for the Screen
  • Nineteenth-Century Fiction
  • Adaptation

Nathan Hensley

Associate Professor

  • Victorian Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Cultures of Contemporary Globalization
  • The Novel
  • Ecology

John C. Hirsh

Professor

  • Medieval Literature
  • Chaucer
  • Religious and Secular Lyrics
  • Medieval Spirituality
  • Mysticism
  • Late Medieval Devotion
  • 19th-Century American Literature
  • Urban Literacy

Brian Hochman

Associate Professor

  • American Studies
  • 19th and 20th Century American Literature and Culture
  • Film and Media Studies

M. Lindsay Kaplan

Professor

  • Shakespeare
  • Early Modern English drama
  • Religion
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Bible as Literature

Sherry Lee Linkon

Professor
Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives

  • Teaching and learning in the humanities
  • Working-class studies
  • American literature

David Lipscomb

Assistant Teaching Professor
Director, Writing Center

  • Writing Studies
  • Professional Writing
  • Writing Center Studies and Administration

Eddie Maloney

Executive Director, CNDLS
Professor of the Practice

  • 20th Century Modern and Postmodern Fiction
  • Narrative Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Digital Humanities
  • Education Research

Mark McMorris

Professor

  • 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

  • Medieval Literature and Culture (English, Italian, French)
  • Middle English Literature
  • The History of Emotion
  • Global Medieval Literatures

Lori Merish

Professor
Director of Honors

  • 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

  • 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

  • 19th-Century British and Irish Literature and Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Religion and Literature

Lena Cowen Orlin

Professor

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Drama

Ricardo Ortíz

Associate Professor
Chair, English Department

  • US Latin@ Literature and Culture
  • Critical Theory
  • American Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies

Cóilín Parsons

Associate Professor

  • Irish Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Modernism

Matthew P. Pavesich

Teaching Professor

  • Writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Composition Pedagogy

Seth Perlow

Associate Teaching Professor

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

John C. Pfordresher

Professor

  • 19th-Century British literature
  • Catholic Studies: the Catholic Imagination

Amanda Phillips

Assistant Professor

  • Media Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Feminist Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Queer Theory

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

Nicole Rizzuto

Associate Professor

  • Critical Theory
  • Modernism
  • Postcolonial/Anglophone Literature

Phil Sandick

Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Composition and Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • The Short Story

Karen Shaup

Associate Teaching Professor

  • Modernism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Composition Pedagogy

Daniel Shore

Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • Early Modern Literature
  • Digital Humanities
  • Linguistics
  • Intellectual History

Christine So

Associate Professor

  • Asian American Studies
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Law and Literature

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

Kathryn Temple

Professor

  • 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

  • Writing and Writing Pedagogy
  • Nonfiction Prose
  • Contemporary Essay
  • Nature Writing
  • Ecocriticism

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

Duncan Wu

Raymond Wagner Professor in Literary Studies

  • Poetry
  • British Romanticism
  • Postwar British Drama

Faculty Lecturers & Affiliated Faculty

Faculty Lecturers

Katherine Attie

Lecturer

  • Early Modern British Literature, Culture, and Intellectual History
  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Poetry and Poetics

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

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

Kelly Cole

Lecturer

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

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

Ellen Gorman

Lecturer

Michael Harwick

Lecturer

  • 19th Century British Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Affect Studies/History of Emotions
  • Childhood Studies

Sara Schotland

Lecturer

  • Disability Studies
  • Law and Literature
  • Literature of War
  • Utopia/Dystopia Studies

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

Niles Tomlinson

Lecturer

  • American Gothic Fiction
  • 19th Century American Literature
  • Animal Studies

Dennis Williams

Lecturer

Joy Young

Lecturer

Affiliated Faculty

Mark Bosco, S.J.

Vice President for Mission and Ministry

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

Emeritus Faculty

Paul Betz

  • British Romantic Poetry
  • Wordsworth
  • Coleridge

Gay Gibson Cima

  • 18th and 19th Century Feminist Performance History and Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Early American Black Women Activists

Barbara Feinman Todd

  • Investigative Reporting
  • Voice
  • Memoir

Lucy Maddox

  • Slavery and Free Black People in the Mid-Atlantic Region

George O’Brien

  • Irish Literature 1800–Present
  • Autobiography

Jason Rosenblatt

  • 17th Century English Literature & History: John Milton & John Seldon
  • Biblical Narrative
  • Literature and Religion
  • Literature and History

Dennis Todd

  • 18th-Century British and American Literature
  • William Byrd

Writing Program Faculty

Core Faculty

Sherry Lee Linkon

Professor
Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives

  • Teaching and Learning in the Humanities
  • Working-Class Studies
  • American Literature

David Lipscomb

Director, Writing Center
Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Writing Studies
  • Professional Writing
  • Writing Center Studies and Administration

Matthew P. Pavesich

Associate Director
Teaching Professor

  • Writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Composition Pedagogy

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

Phil Sandick

Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Composition and Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • The Short Story

Karen Shaup

Associate Teaching Professor

  • Modernism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Composition Pedagogy

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

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

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

Nate Brown

Lecturer

  • Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction Writing
  • Journalism
  • Literary Journal Editing
  • Publishing
  • Digital Publishing

Stacy Day

Lecturer

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

Kathryn Goodman

Lecturer

  • Professional Writing
  • New Media Rhetoric
  • Environmental Rhetoric
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Instructional Methodologies

Svetlana Grenier

Associate Professor
Department of Slavic Languages

  • Issues of Gender
  • Russian Women Writers
  • Moral Questions in Literature

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

Hunter Hoskins

Lecturer

  • Writing Studies
  • Rhetoric
  • Composition Pedagogy

Jee Yoon Lee

Lecturer

Marcos L. Martinez

Lecturer

  • 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

  • Issues in late-19th Century Russian Literature
  • Discourse or Functional Approach to Narration
  • Rhetoric
  • Ukrainian literature (from the 1800s to 1930s)
  • Translation

Alis Sandosharaj

Lecturer

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

Niles Tomlinson

Lecturer

  • American Gothic Fiction
  • 19th Century American Literature
  • Animal Studies

Joy Young

Lecturer