Department Chair
Susan Perabo
Professor of English; Writer-in-Residence (1996).
East College Room 307
perabo@dickinson.edu
(717) 245-1847
Contributing Faculty
Carol Ann Johnston
Professor of English; Martha Porter Sellers Chair of Rhetoric and the English Language (1990).
East College Room 410
(717) 245-1268 | 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.
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.
Susan Perabo
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.
Siobhan K. Phillips
Associate 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 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.
Adrienne Su
(on sabbatical 2016-17)
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 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).
Adjunct Faculty
Sha'an Chilson
Adjunct Faculty in English.
East College Room 308
(717) 245-1920 | chilson@dickinson.edu
B.A., Webster University, 1989; M.F.A., University of Arkansas, 1996.