Department Chair
David M. Ball
Associate Professor of English (2007).
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Department Faculty
Sharon J. O'Brien
Professor of English and American Studies, James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures (1975).
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B.A., Radcliffe College, 1967; M.A., Harvard University, 1969; Ph.D., 1975.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1985-1986.

Sharon O'Brien teaches interdisciplinary courses in the American Studies and English Departments, looking at the multiplicity of American cultures through the lenses of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. The author of a biography of Willa Cather and of a family memoir, she is now teaching and writing memoir and personal essay. Teaching and research interests include the politics of memory; illness and narrative; and lifewriting.
K. Wendy Moffat
(on leave of absence 2015-16)
Professor of English (1984).
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B.A., Yale University, 1977; M.A., 1979; M.Phil., 1981, Ph.D., 1986.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1994-1995.

Her teaching interests include modernism, literature and sexuality, biography, and literary theory. Her biography, A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster, received the BiographerÂ’s Club Prize in 2010 and was runner-up for the PEN Biography Prize in 2011.
B. Ashton Nichols
Professor of English and Environmental Studies; Walter E. Beach '56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies (1988).
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B.A., University of Virginia, 1975; M.A., 1979; Ph.D., 1984.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1992-1993. Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1993-1994.

His fields include 19th- and 20th-century British literature and contemporary ecocriticism, with an emphasis on Romantic poetry and American nature writing. He also regularly teaches courses in nature writing. His current research focuses on Romantic natural history, 1750-1850 and urbanatural roosting.
Carol Ann Johnston
Professor of English, Martha Porter Sellers Chair of Rhetoric and the English Language (1990).
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B.A., Baylor University, 1978; M.A., 1980; M.A., Harvard University, 1983; Ph.D., 1992.

Her teaching interests include literature of the Early Modern period, poetry workshop, and Southern Women Writers. Her current research investigates subjectivity and agency in seventeenth-century English poetry. She has written a book on Eudora Welty and is working on a manuscript placing poet Thomas Traherne in the context of seventeenth-century visual traditions.
Susan Perabo
(on sabbatical Spring 2016)
Professor of English, Writer-in-Residence (1996).
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B.A., Webster University, 1989; M.F.A., University of Arkansas, 1994.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2001-2002.

She teaches beginning and advanced workshops in fiction, as well as modern and contemporary literature classes that focus heavily on form and technique. Her recent published work includes a collection of short stories, a novel, and non-fiction essays for magazines and anthologies.
Adrienne Su
Associate Professor of English, Poet-in-Residence (2000).
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B.A., Radcliffe College, 1989; M.F.A., University of Virginia, 1993.

Her central course offerings include Creative Writing (poetry), The Craft of Poetry, and Literature and Food. Recipient of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is author of four books of poems: 'Middle Kingdom' (1997), 'Sanctuary' (2006), 'Having None of It' (2009), and 'Living Quarters' (2015).
David M. Ball
Associate Professor of English (2007).
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B.A., Stanford University, 1998; M.A., Princeton University, 2003; Ph.D., 2007.

My areas of expertise include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and culture, American modernism, graphic narratives, and literary theory. These eclectic interests shape both the form and content of my classes, which are all structured as multidisciplinary inquiries into the ways that literary study informs, and is informed by, other fields of knowledge. In the coming semesters, I plan to teach courses in multicultural American literature, contemporary literary theory, graphic narrative, experimental literature, and the the intersections between literary and art history.
Claire Seiler
Assistant Professor of English (2010).
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B.A., Middlebury College, 2002; M.Phil., Trinity College, Dublin, 2004; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2010.

Professor Seiler's current book project is "Midcentury Suspension," a new literary history of the transatlantic mid-20th century. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature, Modernism/modernity, and Contemporary Literature. Her courses include Modern Women Writing War, Poetry of the Mad Men Era, and The Generational.
Siobhan K. Phillips
(on sabbatical 2015-16)
Associate Professor of English (2011).

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B.A., Yale University, 1999; M.Phil., Oxford University, 2001; M.A., University of East Anglia, 2002; Ph.D., Yale University, 2007.

She teaches and writes about poetry, modernism, and contemporary literature, particularly American literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her book, The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010. Her current scholarly project is a literary history of the personal letter. She has published poems and essays in Harvard Review, Modernism/modernity, PMLA, Southwest Review, Twentieth Century Literature, and other journals.
Jacob Sider Jost
Assistant Professor of English (2011; 2013).
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B.A., Goshen College, 2002; B.A., University of Oxford, 2005; M.A., 2009; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2011.

Sider Jost's research and teaching interests include the long eighteenth century, Shakespeare, Austen, and Hume. His first book, Prose Immortality, 1711-1819, was published by Virginia in 2015, and he has work published in RES, Modern Philology, ELH, SEL, Modern Intellectual History, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book about interest.
Gregory Steirer
Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies (2013).
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B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 2001; Ph.D., 2010.

Professor SteirerÂ’s teaching and research interests include film and television, media industries, genre fiction, comic books, video games, and digital culture. He has served three times as a researcher for the Connected Viewing Initiative of the Carsey-Wolf Center in Santa Barbara and his recent scholarship has appeared in the journals Postmodern Culture, Television and New Media, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and Creative Industries. In the coming semesters, he plans to teach courses on the sitcom, the fantasy genre, media change, and video games.
Sarah Kersh
Assistant Professor of English (2014).
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B.A., Muhlenberg College, 2003; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 2006; Ph.D., 2010.

Professor Kersh teaches courses on Victorian literature and culture, queer studies, and digital humanities. Her current research focuses on nineteenth-century sonnet sequences and queer temporalities.
Chelsea L. Skalak
Assistant Professor of English (2015).
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B.A., Northwestern University, 2008; M.A., University of Virginia, 2011; Ph.D., 2015.

Elise Levine
Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (2013).
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B.A., University of Toronto, 1989; M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2008.

Levine teaches introductory and advanced fiction writing. She also teaches literature courses focusing on the craft and forms of fiction. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships -- including a Canadian National Magazine Award for fiction and awards from the Canada Council of the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony -- her published works include the story collection Driving Men Mad and the novel Requests and Dedications. Her work has also appeared in publications including Blackbird, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Best Canadian Stories.
Rebekah Linh Collins
Visiting Assistant Professor of English (2014).
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B.A., University of Michigan, 1996; M.A., 2003; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2014.

Research and teaching interests include Vietnamese, Vietnamese American, and French Vietnamese literature, film, and art; contemporary literature and film of Southeast Asia and the Southeast Asian Anglophone and Francophone diaspora; war, postwar, colonial, postcolonial, and contemporary world literature; immigrant, transnational, and cosmopolitan literature; Asian American literature; and creative nonfiction writing. She has published essays and translations in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Defiant Muse: Vietnamese Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present, and elsewhere.
Adjunct Faculty
Sha'an Chilson
Adjunct Faculty in English.
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B.A., Webster University, 1989; M.F.A., University of Arkansas, 1996.

Emeriti Faculty
Margaret Garrett
Emeritus Academic Affairs/English
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Judy Gill

David Kranz

Robert Ness
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Thomas Reed
Professor Emeritus of English
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