Faculty Profile

Siobhan Phillips

Associate Professor of English (2011)

Contact Information

on sabbatical 2017-18


East College Room 311


Phillips teaches American literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, food studies, and creative writing. Her book, The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010. She has published essays, poetry, and fiction in publications including Harvard Review, Missouri Review, and PMLA.


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

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

FDST 201 Introduction to Food Studies
This course introduces students to Food Studies, an interdisciplinary field that examines food through biological, cultural, ecological, economic, and other perspectives. We will treat questions of hunger, food production/procurement, inequality, ecology, food labor, health, including psychology, and the diversity of ethical, cultural, and spiritual meanings regarding food. The course will include opportunities for students to engage in active observation, experimentation, and hands-on learning through community partnerships and the College Farm. Students will encounter reading/viewing assignments from a wide range of disciplines. This course will also be open to students who do not intend to complete the Food Studies certificate but would simply like an interdisciplinary understanding of the workings of food.

ENGL 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
Cross-listed with CRWR 218-02.

CRWR 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
Cross-listed with ENGL 218-02.

ENGL 403 Questions Literary Scholarship
This class will prepare students for writing a senior thesis by exploring some central questions of literary scholarship and by analyzing the process of framing a scholarly question. We will together seek to understand better the hows, whats, and whys of literary research so that students know how to define their place in a field and the specific contribution they wish to make.

Spring 2017

ENGL 339 Letters And/As Literature
Letters give us an intimate view of writers’ lives and relationships. But are letters literature, and if so, how do they relate to other fictive or nonfictive kinds of writing? This course examines the indefinite status of correspondence as a form and epistolarity as a concept. We will examine work by Austen, Bishop, Dickinson, and Keats, among others, as we think about letter-writing from the era of eighteenth-century conduct books to the era of twenty-first-century text messages.

ENGL 404 Senior Thesis Workshop
A workshop requiring students to share discoveries and problems as they produce a lengthy manuscript based on a topic of their own choosing, subject to the approval of the instructor. Prerequisites: 300 and 403.