Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Randy Bass

Vice President for Strategic Education Initiatives
Professor of English

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

Provost’s Distinguished Associate 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, CNDLS

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

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 Lee 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

Assistant 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, CNDLS
Professor of the Practice

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

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 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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Lena Cowen Orlin

Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama
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Ricardo Ortíz

Associate Professor
Chair, Department
of English

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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Matthew P. Pavesich

Teaching Professor
Associate Director of the Writing Program

Research/Teaching Specialties: Writing, Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy
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Seth Perlow

Associate Teaching 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

Assistant 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 Undergraduate 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
Director of Honors
Interim Director of Graduate Studies (2020–21)

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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Norma Tilden

Teaching Professor

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

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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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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Michael Harwick

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: 19th Century British Literature, Critical Theory, Affect Studies/History of Emotions,
Childhood Studies
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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

Writing Program Faculty

Core Faculty

Sherry Lee 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

Director of the Writing Center
Assistant Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Writing Studies, Professional Writing, Writing Center Studies and Administration
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Matthew P. Pavesich

Associate Director of the Writing Program
Teaching Professor

Research/Teaching Specialties: Writing, Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy
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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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Jacques Berlinerblau

Rabbi Harold White Chair in Jewish Civilization

Research/Teaching Specialties: Secularism, Religion and Politics, Jewish-American Fiction, African-American and
Jewish-American Relations, American Higher Education (new window)
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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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Elliott Colla

Associate Professor
Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies

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Theodora Danylevich

Lecturer
Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Research/Teaching Interests: Academic Writing, American Literature, Disability Studies, Health Equity, Medical
Humanities
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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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Kathryn Goodman

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: Professional Writing, New Media Rhetoric, Environmental Rhetoric,
Sociolinguistics, Instructional Methodologies
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Svetlana Grenier

Associate Professor
Department of Slavic Languages

Research/Teaching Specialties: Issues of Gender, Russian Women Writers, Moral Questions in Literature
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Laura Hartmann-Villalta

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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Nathan Hensley

Associate Professor

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

Lecturer

Research/Teaching Specialties: Writing Studies, Rhetoric, Composition Pedagogy
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Jee Yoon Lee

Lecturer

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George Mihaychuk

Associate Professor
Department of Slavic Languages

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

Lecturer
Academic Director, Community Scholars Program

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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Niles Tomlinson

Lecturer

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

Lecturer

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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Lakshmi Krishnan

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Affiliate Faculty, English
Faculty Fellow, Georgetown 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

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Director of Communications, Culture and Technology Program

Emeritus Faculty

Paul Betz

Research Specialties: British Romantic Poetry, Wordsworth, Coleridge

Gay Gibson Cima

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

Michael Collins

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

Barbara Feinman Todd

Research Specialties: Investigative Reporting, Voice, Memoir

Lucy Maddox

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

George O’Brien

Research Specialties: Irish Literature 1800–Present, Autobiography

John Pfordresher

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

Jason Rosenblatt

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

Dennis Todd

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