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.
Wendy Moffat
Professor of English; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in Global Education (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 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).
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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
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
(on sabbatical 2016-17)
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
Associate Professor of English (2010).
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B.A., Middlebury College, 2002; M.Phil., Trinity College, Dublin, 2004; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2010.

Seiler's research and teaching span modern and contemporary U.S., British, and Irish literatures and cultures. Her recent writing has appeared in Contemporary Literature, Modernism/Modernity, Auden at Work (2015), Around 1945: Literature, Citizenship, Rights (2016), and elsewhere. She is currently completing her first book, "Midcentury Suspension," which offers a new literary history of the immediate postwar and rethinks period and political frames that broadly govern the study of 20th-century literature. Recent courses include: Celtic Revival/Harlem Renaissance; War, Race, and U.S. Literature since 1945; Women Write War; and a senior research seminar centered on Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. In 2014-15, she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2016-17, she is serving as chair of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Siobhan K. Phillips
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 Steirer'’s teaching and research interests include film and television, media industries, comic books, video games, digital culture, and intellectual property law. He has served three times as a researcher for the Connected Viewing Initiative of the Carsey-Wolf Center in Santa Barbara and has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2017-2018 in support of his monograph on intellectual property law and the history of the narrative-based franchise. His other book project, The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood, co-authored with Alisa Perren (UT Austin), will be published by BFI/Palgrave in 2018. His scholarship has previously appeared in the journals Convergence, Postmodern Culture, Television and New Media, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and Creative Industries as well as the collections Connected Viewing: Selling and Streaming Across Media and Music at the Extremes.
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.

Sheela Jane Menon
Assistant Professor of English (2016).
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B.A., The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 2008; M.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2013; Ph.D., 2016,

Sheela Jane's research centers on questions of race and identity in Malaysian literature and culture. Her dissertation, “Rakyat Malaysia: Contesting Nationalism and Exceptional Multiculturalism,” maps the contradictions of Malaysian multiculturalism through integrated readings of Indigenous Orang Asli/Orang Asal activism alongside Malaysian literature, film, theatre, and political rhetoric. In the classroom, she teaches Postcolonial, Asian American, and World Literature, focusing in particular on how texts are shaped by specific socio-political contexts. Both Sheela Jane's research and teaching are informed by her upbringing in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Honolulu.
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.

Darrach S. Dolan
Adjunct Faculty in English
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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
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Judy Gill

David Kranz

Robert Ness
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Thomas Reed
Professor Emeritus of English
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