Department Chair
K. Wendy Moffat
Professor of English (1984).
East College Room 408
moffat@dickinson.edu
(717) 245-1499
Department Faculty
Sharon J. O'Brien
Professor of English and American Studies, James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures (1975).
Denny Hall Room 316
(717) 245-1497 | obrien@dickinson.edu
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.
Thomas L. Reed, Jr.
Professor of English (1977).
East College Room 306
(717) 245-1216 | reedt@dickinson.edu
B.A., Yale University, 1969; M.A., University of Virginia, 1971; Ph.D., 1978.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1997-1998.

His field is medieval literature, with special emphasis on Chaucer and Marie de France. Other research interests include the Victorian novel and film adaptations of classic English and American texts. He is the author of two books -- "Middle English Debate Poetry and the Aesthetics of Irresolution" and "The Transforming Draught: 'Jekyll and Hyde,' Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Victorian Alcohol Debate" - and he is currently revising an historical novel about Stevenson.
K. Wendy Moffat
Professor of English (1984).
East College Room 408
(717) 245-1499 | moffat@dickinson.edu
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 Biographer'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).
Kaufman Building-192
(717) 245-1660 | nicholsa@dickinson.edu
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 emphasis on Romantic poetry and American nature writing. He also teaches courses in nature writing. His current research focuses on Romantic natural history, 1750-1850 and urbanatural roosting.
Carol Ann Johnston
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Professor of English, Martha Porter Sellers Chair of Rhetoric and the English Language (1990).

johnston@dickinson.edu
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
(Director, Norwich Humanities Program in England, 2013-15)
Professor of English, Writer-in-Residence (1996).
East College Room 307
(717) 245-1847 | perabo@dickinson.edu
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).
East College Room 305
(717) 245-1346 | sua@dickinson.edu
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 the new 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 the forthcoming 'Living Quarters' (2015).
David M. Ball
(on leave 2013-15)
Associate Professor of English (2007).
East College Room 401
(717) 245-1116 | balld@dickinson.edu
B.A., Stanford University, 1998; M.A., Princeton University, 2003; Ph.D., 2007.

His interests in questions of American modernism, popular culture, and minority and oppositional responses to the American experience have shaped his research on the meanings of success and failure in American prose literature. In the coming semesters, he plans to teach classes in contemporary literary theory, the American short story, graphic novels, and the shape of twenty-first-century American literature.
Claire Seiler
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Assistant Professor of English (2010).
East College Room 310
(717) 245-1921 | seilercl@dickinson.edu
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
Assistant Professor of English (2011).
East College Room 311
(717) 245-1729 | phillisi@dickinson.edu
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 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).
East College Room 309
(717) 254-8950 | siderjoj@dickinson.edu
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, is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press, where it won the 2012 Walker Cowen Memorial Prize. He has work published or forthcoming in ELH, SEL, Modern Intellectual History, Modern Philology, and elsewhere.
Gregory Steirer
Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies (2013).
East College Room 409
(717) 254-8095 | steirerg@dickinson.edu
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 2001; Ph.D., 2010.

Professor Steirer's teaching and research interests include film and television, media industries, genre fiction, and digital culture. He has twice served 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 auteurism, the sitcom, the fantasy genre, media change, and video games.
Elise Levine
Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (2013).
East College Room 307
(717) 254-8097 | levinee@dickinson.edu
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, and Prairie Schooner.
Leah Orr
Visiting Assistant Professor of English (2013).
East College 401
(717) 254-8101 | orrl@dickinson.edu
B.A., University of Washington, 2007; M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2009; Ph.D., 2013.

Leah Orr's research and teaching interests include literature of the long eighteenth century, women writers, the development of the novel, the classical tradition in English, and the history of the book and print culture. Her work has appeared in Studies in Philology, Philological Quarterly, Modern Language Review, and elsewhere.
Sarah Kersh
Visiting Assistant Professor of English (2014).
East College Room 310
(717) 254-8952 | kershs@dickinson.edu
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.
Rebekah Linh Collins
Visiting Instructor in English (2014).
East College Room 403
(717) 254-8096 | collinsr@dickinson.edu
B.A., University of Michigan, 1996; M.A., 2003.

Collins will receive her Ph.D. in South and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in Fall 2014 with a dissertation on Vietnamese, Vietnamese American, and French Vietnamese literature and art. A Chancellor's Fellow at Berkeley, she holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature (English, French, Latin) and an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies (Vietnamese) from the University of Michigan. Her essays and literary translations appear in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Defiant Muse: Vietnamese Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present, and other publications. At Dickinson she will teach courses on the Việt Nam War in literature, film and art; Southeast Asian literature in English and in translation; global Anglophone literature; Asian American literature; and creative nonfiction writing.
Adjunct Faculty
Darrach S. Dolan
Adjunct Faculty in English
East College Room 308
(717) 245-1219 | doland@dickinson.edu
B.A., Trinity College, Dublin, 1988; R.S.A., The Language Center of Ireland, 1988; M.F.A., University of Iowa, 2000.


Emeriti Faculty
Margaret Garrett
Emeritus Academic Affairs/English
2661 Chelsea Lane
Santa Fe, NM 87505
peggygarrett57@gmail.com

Judy Gill
Emeritus
judyagill@comcast.net

David Kranz
Emeritus
kranz@dickinson.edu

Robert Ness
Emeritus
1604 Lori Lane
Harrisburg, PA 17110
ness@dickinson.edu