Faculty Fields of Interest

 

American Literature (Colonial to Present)

Joshua CloverMFA (University of Iowa): creative writing (poetry); poetics; postmodernism; film & media studies; critical theory.

Lucy Corin, MFA (Brown): creative writing (novel & short story); contemporary fiction.

Elizabeth Freeman, PhD (University of Chicago): 19th-c. American literature; gender & sexuality; critical theory; cultural studies.

Danielle Heard, PhD (Cornell): American literature; African-American literature; 20th-c. Women's literature; Black Diaspora; 20th-c. African-American music.

W. Jack Hicks, PhD (University of North Carolina): literature of California; literature of nature & wilderness; creative writing.

Pam Houston, B.A. (Denison): creative writing (fiction, non-fiction & plays); modernism; contemporary fiction; the short story; wilderness literature.

Hsuan Hsu, PhD (UC Berkeley): American literature and culture, Asian American literature, cultural geography, visual culture, cultural studies; environmental humanities. 

Mark Jerng, PhD (Harvard): Asian American literature; American literature & culture; narrative theory; transnationalism; psychoanalytic theory; law & literature.

Desireé MartínPhD (Duke): U.S. -Mexico border studies; Chicano/a & Latino/a literature & culture; literature of the Americas; 19th & 20th-c. Mexican literature; performance art & theater; subaltern studies.

Colin Milburn, PhD (Harvard): relations of literature & science; science fiction; gothic horror; history of biology; history of  physics; post-humanism.

Katie Peterson, PhD (Harvard): Creative writing (poetry); gender & feminist studies; 19th-c. British & American literature; Victorian poetry; Emily Dickinson. 

Margaret Ronda, Ph.D (UC Berkeley): American literature; literature & the environment; feminism/gender studies; creative writing.

Mathew Stratton, PhD (University of Wisconsin):  20th-c. American literature and literary culture; literary theory, aesthetics, political theory, and visual culture. 

Jacinda Townsend, MFA (University of Iowa): African-American literature, creative writing (novel & short story), contemporary fiction, and women's literature.

Matthew Vernon, PhD (Yale): Medieval literature, 19th-c. English literature.

Evan Watkins, PhD (University of Iowa): literary theory & composition theory; cultural studies; American literature; gender studies.

Joe Wenderoth, MFA (Warren Wilson College): creative writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essay); Wallace Stevens, Paul Celan, Toni Morrison.

Michael Ziser, PhD (Harvard): American literature; literature & the environment; ecocriticism.

 

British Modernism & 20th-Century Literature

Greg Dobbins, PhD (Duke): 20th-c. Irish & British literature; modernism; post-colonial theory & literature; cultural studies; critical theory.

John Marx, PhD (Brown): modernism; post-colonial theory & literature; the novel.

Elizabeth Miller, PhD (University of Wisconsin): 19th- and early-20th-century British literature; feminism/gender studies; film and visual culture; media studies; print culture; popular culture; literature and the environment.

 

Comparative Literature

Seeta Chaganti, PhD (Yale): Old & Middle English poetry; late medieval drama; English & French Arthurian romance; medieval, religious & material culture.

Margaret W. Ferguson, PhD (Yale): early modern literature (English, French, Italian, colonial American); feminist theory; literacy studies.

Alessa Johns, PhD (UC Berkeley): 18th-c. British literature & cultural studies; women writers; utopianism; disaster; British-German cultural exchange; Jane Austen.

Desireé MartínPhD (Duke): U.S. -Mexico border studies; Chicano/a & Latino/a literature & culture; literature of the Americas; 19th & 20th-c. Mexican literature; performance art & theater; subaltern studies.

Claire Waters, PhD (Northwestern University): Medieval religious literature and culture: Anglo-Norman, Middle English, Old French; manuscript studies; Latin and vernacular preaching and teaching literature; hagiography; Arthurian romance; gender studies.

 

Composition, Literacy Studies,  & Rhetoric

Margaret W. Ferguson, PhD (Yale): early modern literature (English, French, Italian, colonial American); feminist theory; literacy studies.

Evan Watkins, PhD (University of Iowa): literary theory & composition theory; cultural studies; American literature; gender studies.

 

Creative Writing

Joshua CloverMFA (University of Iowa): creative writing (poetry); poetics; postmodernism; film & media studies; critical theory.

Lucy Corin, MFA (Brown): creative writing (novel & short story); contemporary fiction.

W. Jack Hicks, PhD (University of North Carolina): literature of California; literature of nature & wilderness; creative writing.

Pam Houston, B.A. (Denison): creative writing (fiction, non-fiction & plays); modernism; contemporary fiction; the short story; wilderness literature.

Yiyun Li, MFA (U. of Iowa): Fiction and non-fiction.

Katie Peterson, PhD (Harvard): Creative writing (poetry); gender & feminist studies; 19th-c. British & American literature; Victorian poetry; Emily Dickinson. 

Margaret Ronda, Ph.D (UC Berkeley): American literature; literature & the environment; feminism/gender studies; creative writing.

Jacinda Townsend, MFA (University of Iowa): African-American literature, creative writing (novel & short story), contemporary fiction, and women's literature.

Joe Wenderoth, MFA (Warren Wilson College): creative writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essay); Wallace Stevens, Paul Celan, Toni Morrison.

 

Digital Humanities

Gina Bloom, PhD (University of Michigan): early modern drama; performance studies; gender and feminist theory; embodiment; digital arts and humanities.

Stephanie Boluk, PhD (University of Florida): media studies, game studies, digital media art, electronic literature, disability studies

John Marx, PhD (Brown): modernism; post-colonial theory & literature; the novel.

Colin Milburn, PhD (Harvard): relations of literature & science; science fiction; gothic horror; history of biology; history of  physics; post-humanism.

 

Early Modern Literature
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Early Modern Studies

Gina Bloom, PhD (University of Michigan): early modern drama; performance studies; gender and feminist theory; embodiment; digital arts and humanities.

Frances E. Dolan, PhD (University of Chicago): early modern literature & culture; Shakespeare and drama; law, crime & violence; histories of the book, the printing press, and reading; history of agriculture and food production; gender & feminist theory; research methods and standards of evidence; children’s literature; environmental humanities. 

Margaret W. Ferguson, PhD (Yale): early modern literature (English, French, Italian, colonial American); feminist theory; literacy studies.

Richard A. Levin, PhD (Stanford): early modern literature with an emphasis on Shakespeare & drama.

Scott Shershow, PhD (Harvard): critical theory; cultural studies; history & theory of drama; Renaissance.

 

 

Eighteenth Century Literature

Alessa Johns, PhD (UC Berkeley): 18th-c. British literature & cultural studies; women writers; utopianism; disaster; British-German cultural exchange; Jane Austen.

Tobias Menely, PhD (Indiana): 18th-c. British literature; romanticism; literature & the environment; animal studies; literary theory

David Simpson, PhD (Cambridge): Romanticism; literary theory.

 

Ethnic Studies

Danielle Heard, PhD (Cornell): American literature; African-American literature; 20th-c. Women's literature; Black Diaspora; 20th-c. African-American music.

Hsuan Hsu, PhD (UC Berkeley): American literature and culture, Asian American literature, cultural geography, visual culture, cultural studies; environmental humanities. 

Mark Jerng, PhD (Harvard): Asian American literature; American literature & culture; narrative theory; transnationalism; psychoanalytic theory; law & literature.

Desireé MartínPhD (Duke): U.S. -Mexico border studies; Chicano/a & Latino/a literature & culture; literature of the Americas; 19th & 20th-c. Mexican literature; performance art & theater; subaltern studies.

Jacinda Townsend, MFA (University of Iowa): African-American literature, creative writing (novel & short story), contemporary fiction, and women's literature.

 

Feminism, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Gina Bloom, PhD (University of Michigan): early modern drama; performance studies; gender and feminist theory; embodiment; digital arts and humanities.

Frances E. Dolan, PhD (University of Chicago): early modern literature & culture; Shakespeare and drama; law, crime & violence; histories of the book, the printing press, and reading; history of agriculture and food production; gender & feminist theory; research methods and standards of evidence; children’s literature; environmental humanities. 

Margaret W. Ferguson, PhD (Yale): early modern literature (English, French, Italian, colonial American); feminist theory; literacy studies.

Kathleen Frederickson, PhD (University of Chicago): Victorian Studies and culture; feminist and queer studies;  history of biology, psychology and the social sciences; Marxism; and psychoanalysis.

Elizabeth Freeman, PhD (University of Chicago): 19th-c. American literature; gender & sexuality; critical theory; cultural studies.

Danielle Heard, PhD (Cornell): American literature; African-American literature; 20th-c. Women's literature; Black Diaspora; 20th-c. African-American music.

Alessa Johns, PhD (UC Berkeley): 18th-c. British literature & cultural studies; women writers; utopianism; disaster; British-German cultural exchange; Jane Austen.

Desireé MartínPhD (Duke): U.S. -Mexico border studies; Chicano/a & Latino/a literature & culture; literature of the Americas; 19th & 20th-c. Mexican literature; performance art & theater; subaltern studies.

Elizabeth Miller, PhD (University of Wisconsin): 19th- and early-20th-century British literature; feminism/gender studies; film and visual culture; media studies; print culture; popular culture; literature and the environment.

Katie Peterson, PhD (Harvard): Creative writing (poetry); gender & feminist studies; 19th-c. British & American literature; Victorian poetry; Emily Dickinson. 

Margaret Ronda, Ph.D (UC Berkeley): American literature; literature & the environment; feminism/gender studies; creative writing.

Jacinda Townsend, MFA (University of Iowa): African-American literature, creative writing (novel & short story), contemporary fiction, and women's literature.

Parama Roy, PhD (University of Rochester): post-colonial theory & literature; Victorian literature; cultural studies; feminist studies.

 

Claire Waters, PhD (Northwestern University): Medieval religious literature and culture: Anglo-Norman, Middle English, Old French; manuscript studies; Latin and vernacular preaching and teaching literature; hagiography; Arthurian romance; gender studies.

Evan Watkins, PhD (University of Iowa): literary theory & composition theory; cultural studies; American literature; gender studies.

 

Film, Media, Print Culture, Performance, Visual Studies & Popular Culture

Gina Bloom, PhD (University of Michigan): early modern drama; performance studies; gender and feminist theory; embodiment; digital arts and humanities.

Stephanie Boluk, PhD (University of Florida): media studies, game studies, digital media art, electronic literature, disability studies

Seeta Chaganti, PhD (Yale): Old & Middle English poetry; late medieval drama; English & French Arthurian romance; medieval, religious & material culture.

Joshua CloverMFA (University of Iowa): creative writing (poetry); poetics; postmodernism; film & media studies; critical theory.

Frances E. Dolan, PhD (University of Chicago): early modern literature & culture; Shakespeare and drama; law, crime & violence; histories of the book, the printing press, and reading; history of agriculture and food production; gender & feminist theory; research methods and standards of evidence; children’s literature; environmental humanities. 

Elizabeth Freeman, PhD (University of Chicago): 19th-c. American literature; gender & sexuality; critical theory; cultural studies.

Danielle Heard, PhD (Cornell): American literature; African-American literature; 20th-c. Women's literature; Black Diaspora; 20th-c. African-American music.

Hsuan Hsu, PhD (UC Berkeley): American literature and culture, Asian American literature, cultural geography, visual culture, cultural studies; environmental humanities. 

Colin Milburn, PhD (Harvard): relations of literature & science; science fiction; gothic horror; history of biology; history of  physics; post-humanism.

Elizabeth Miller, PhD (University of Wisconsin): 19th- and early-20th-century British literature; feminism/gender studies; film and visual culture; media studies; print culture; popular culture; literature and the environment.

Scott Shershow, PhD (Harvard): critical theory; cultural studies; history & theory of drama; Renaissance.

Scott Simmon, PhD (UC Davis): film Studies; American culture, 20th-c. American literature.

Mathew Stratton, PhD (University of Wisconsin):  20th-c. American literature and literary culture; literary theory, aesthetics, political theory, and visual culture. 

 

Literature & the Environment

Frances E. Dolan, PhD (University of Chicago): early modern literature & culture; Shakespeare and drama; law, crime & violence; histories of the book, the printing press, and reading; history of agriculture and food production; gender & feminist theory; research methods and standards of evidence; children’s literature; environmental humanities. 

W. Jack Hicks, PhD (University of North Carolina): literature of California; literature of nature & wilderness; creative writing.

Hsuan Hsu, PhD (UC Berkeley): American literature and culture, Asian American literature, cultural geography, visual culture, cultural studies; environmental humanities. 

Tobias Menely, PhD (Indiana): 18th-c. British literature; romanticism; literature & the environment; animal studies; literary theory

Elizabeth Miller, PhD (University of Wisconsin): 19th- and early-20th-century British literature; feminism/gender studies; film and visual culture; media studies; print culture; popular culture; literature and the environment.

Margaret Ronda, Ph.D (UC Berkeley): American literature; literature & the environment; feminism/gender studies; creative writing.

Michael Ziser, PhD (Harvard): American literature; literature & the environment; ecocriticism.

 

Medieval Literature

Seeta Chaganti, PhD (Yale): Old & Middle English poetry; late medieval drama; English & French Arthurian romance; medieval, religious & material culture.

Matthew Vernon, PhD (Yale): Medieval literature, 19th-c. English literature.

Claire Waters, PhD (Northwestern University): Medieval religious literature and culture: Anglo-Norman, Middle English, Old French; manuscript studies; Latin and vernacular preaching and teaching literature; hagiography; Arthurian romance; gender studies.

 

Postcolonial Literature

Greg Dobbins, PhD (Duke): 20th-c. Irish & British literature; modernism; post-colonial theory & literature; cultural studies; critical theory.

Danielle Heard, PhD (Cornell): American literature; African-American literature; 20th-c. Women's literature; Black Diaspora; 20th-c. African-American music.

John Marx, PhD (Brown): modernism; post-colonial theory & literature; the novel.

Parama Roy, PhD (University of Rochester): post-colonial theory & literature; Victorian literature; cultural studies; feminist studies.

 

Nineteenth-Century British Literature -- Romanticism and Victorian

Kathleen Frederickson, PhD (University of Chicago): Victorian Studies and culture; feminist and queer studies;  history of biology, psychology and the social sciences; Marxism; and psychoanalysis.

Tobias Menely, PhD (Indiana): 18th-c. British literature; romanticism; literature & the environment; animal studies; literary theory

Elizabeth Miller, PhD (University of Wisconsin): 19th- and early-20th-century British literature; feminism/gender studies; film and visual culture; media studies; print culture; popular culture; literature and the environment.

Katie Peterson, PhD (Harvard): Creative writing (poetry); gender & feminist studies; 19th-c. British & American literature; Victorian poetry; Emily Dickinson. 

Parama Roy, PhD (University of Rochester): post-colonial theory & literature; Victorian literature; cultural studies; feminist studies.

David Simpson, PhD (Cambridge): Romanticism; literary theory.

 

Theory

Kathleen Frederickson, PhD (University of Chicago): Victorian Studies and culture; feminist and queer studies;  history of biology, psychology and the social sciences; Marxism; and psychoanalysis.

Elizabeth Freeman, PhD (University of Chicago): 19th-c. American literature; gender & sexuality; critical theory; cultural studies.

Tobias Menely, PhD (Indiana): 18th-c. British literature; romanticism; literature & the environment; animal studies; literary theory

Margaret Ronda, Ph.D (UC Berkeley): American literature; literature & the environment; feminism/gender studies; creative writing.

Scott Shershow, PhD (Harvard): critical theory; cultural studies; history & theory of drama; Renaissance.

David Simpson, PhD (Cambridge): Romanticism; literary theory.

Mathew Stratton, PhD (University of Wisconsin):  20th-c. American literature and literary culture; literary theory, aesthetics, political theory, and visual culture. 

Evan Watkins, PhD (University of Iowa): literary theory & composition theory; cultural studies; American literature; gender studies.