Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Randall Bass

Vice President for Strategic Education Initiatives

Professor

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

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Caetlin Benson-Allott

Professor

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

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Maureen Corrigan

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

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Margaret Debelius

Teaching Professor

Director of Faculty Initiatives, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship

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

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Jennifer Natalya Fink

Professor

Director of the Program in Disability Studies

Research/Teaching Specialties: Creative Writing, Performance Studies, Queer Theory, Disability Studies

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Carolyn Forché

University Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Aminatta Forna, OBE

Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair

Visiting Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Creative Writing (Fiction and Non-Fiction), Witness Literature, Transnational Literature

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Pamela Fox

Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies

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

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David Gewanter

Professor

Director of Creative Writing Minor

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

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John Glavin

Professor

Director, Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Research

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

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Nathan Hensley

Associate Professor

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

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John C. Hirsh

Professor

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

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Brian Hochman

Associate Professor

Program Director, American Studies

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

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M. Lindsay Kaplan

Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Shakespeare, Early Modern English Drama, Religion, Race, Gender, Bible as Literature

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Sherry Linkon

Professor

Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives

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

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David Lipscomb

Associate Teaching Professor

Director of the Writing Center

Research/Teaching Specialties: Writing Studies, Professional Writing, Writing Center Studies and Administration

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Eddie Maloney

Executive Director, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship

Professor of the Practice

Research/Teaching Specialties: African American Literary & Cultural Studies, African American Research/Teaching Specialties: 20th Century Modern and Postmodern Fiction, Narrative Theory, Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, Education Research

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Mark McMorris

Professor

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

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Sarah McNamer

Professor

Director, Global Medieval Studies

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

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Lori Merish

Professor

Director of Honors

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Angelyn L. Mitchell

Associate Professor

Director, Minority Mentoring Program

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Amani Morrison

Assistant Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: African American Literature and Culture, Housing and Home, Digital Humanities, Urban Humanities, Interdisciplinary Methods, Harlem Renaissance and Black Chicago Renaissance, Black Coming-of-Age Narratives; Race, Place, and Representation

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Patrick R. O’Malley

Professor

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

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Ricardo Ortíz

Professor

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

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Cóilín Parsons

Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Irish Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Modernism

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Seth Perlow

Associate Professor

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

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Amanda Phillips

Associate Professor

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

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Libbie S. Rifkin

Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Nicole Rizzuto

Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Critical Theory, Modernism, Postcolonial/Anglophone Literature

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Phil Sandick

Assistant Teaching Professor

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

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Karen Shaup

Associate Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Modernism, Digital Humanities, Composition Pedagogy

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Daniel Shore

Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

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

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Christine So

Associate Professor

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

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Rebecca Tarsa

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Kathryn Temple

Professor

Interim Department Chair, 2021–22

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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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Kelley Wickham-Crowley

Associate Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Duncan Wu

Raymond Wagner Professor in Literary Studies

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

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Faculty Lecturers

Mary Jane Barnett

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Rebecca Boylan

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Davide Carozza

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 18th-Century British Literature, Novel Theory, History of Risk Management

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Kelly Cole

Lecturer

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

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Lisbeth Fuisz

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Ellen Gorman

Lecturer

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Tamar LeRoy

Lecturer

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Rikk Mulligan

Lecturer

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Sara Schotland

Lecturer

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

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Christopher Shinn

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Niles Tomlinson

Lecturer

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

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Dennis Williams

Lecturer

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Joy Young

Lecturer

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Writing Program Faculty

Core Faculty

Sherry Lee Linkon

Professor

Director of Writing Curriculum Initiative

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

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David Lipscomb

Director of the Writing Center

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Writing Studies, Professional Writing, Writing Center Studies and Administration

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Monica Maxwell

Assistant Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Phil Sandick

Assistant Teaching Professor

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

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Karen Shaup

Associate Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Modernism, Digital Humanities, Composition Pedagogy

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Rebecca Tarsa

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Affiliated Writing Faculty

Mary Jane Barnett

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Casey Bieda

Lecturer

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Rebecca Boylan

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Nate Brown

Lecturer

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

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Nathaniel Bump

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: Middle English Romance

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Molly Chehak

Managing Director, Center for New Design in Learning and Scholarship

Lecturer

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Nicole Cuffy

Lecturer

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Theodora Danylevich

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: Disability Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Race in 20th C. American Lit/Film; Medical Humanities; Writing; Inclusive Pedagogies and Universal Design for Learning

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Stacy Day

Lecturer

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Lisbeth Fuisz

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Bradley Gorski

Assistant Professor

Department of Slavic Languages

Research/Teaching Specialties: Russian Literature & Culture after the fall of the Soviet Union; Russian language; Russian, Soviet, and Comparative Literature & Culture; Violence and the Undead

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Andrew Gretes

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: Fiction Writing, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Writing Studies, Humor Studies

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Svetlana Grenier

Associate Professor

Department of Slavic Languages

Research/Teaching Specialties: Pushkin; Tolstoy; Dostoevsky; Herzen; 19th-Century Russian Women Writers; Reception of British Literature in 19th-Century Russia

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Laura Hartmann-Villalta

Director, MA in Engaged and Public Humanities Program

Lecturer

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

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Jee Yoon Lee

Lecturer

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Meghan Modafferi

Senior Learning Designer, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: Writing and Multimodal Composition, Environmental Humanities, Critical Digital Pedagogy

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Joseph Napolitano

Lecturer

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Alis Sandosharaj

Director of Academic Programs, Community Scholars Program

Lecturer

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

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Christopher Shinn

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 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

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Niles Tomlinson

Lecturer

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

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Meri Wimberly

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: English; English Literature; World Literature; Composition and Research; Interdisciplinary Writing; Writing with Film Studies; Remedial English and Writing; Reading Comprehension; Cross-Cultural Competency; Postcolonial Studies; Cultural Studies; Globalization; Diaspora Studies; African and Afrosporic Literature; African and Afrosporic Art, Photography, and Film; African Political History; African Feminisms

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Dennis Winston

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: African American Literature, Black Street Literature, Hip-Hop Studies, Cultural Studies

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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 Specialties: Intersection of Religion and Art, 20th Century Catholic Literary Tradition

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Stephen L. Esquith

Affiliate Faculty, English & Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice

Research: Currently working on a hybrid peace education project in Mali with community partners, university students and faculty, and the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Teaching Specialties: Political Theory and Global Ethics, with an emphasis on Community Engagement, Democracy, Peace, and Justice

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Lakshmi Krishnan

Assistant Professor of Medicine & Affiliate Faculty in English

Director of Georgetown Medical Humanities Initiative

Research/Teaching Specialties: Literature and Medicine, History of Medicine, Medical Humanities, Diagnosis and Clinical Reasoning, Health Equity and History of Health Disparities, Cultural Responses to Illness

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Matthew Tinkcom

Professor & Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Director of Communication, Culture & Technology Program

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Emeritus Faculty

Paul Betz

Research Specialties: British Romantic Poetry, Wordsworth, Coleridge

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Gay Gibson Cima

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

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Hubert (Hugh) Cloke

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Michael Collins

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

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Barbara Feinman Todd

Research Specialties: Investigative Reporting, Voice, Memoir

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Leona Fisher

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Joan Holmer

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Lucy Maddox

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

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George O’Brien

Research Specialties: Irish Literature 1800–Present, Autobiography

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Patricia O’Connor

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Lena Cowen Orlin

Research/Teaching Specialties: Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama

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John Pfordresher

Research Specialties: 19th-Century British literature, Catholic Studies: the Catholic Imagination

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Jason Rosenblatt

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

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Joseph Sitterson

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Penn Szittya

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Norma Tilden

Research Specialties: Writing and Writing Pedagogy, Nonfiction Prose, Contemporary Essay, Nature Writing, Ecocriticism

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Dennis Todd

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

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