Faculty Members By Name


Multiethnic American literature with emphases in Filipino/a American, Asian American, and African American studies; critical race theory; postcolonial literature and theory; feminist theory and women's studies


  • Ball, Angela
    Center for Writers Director, Professor of English

Creative writing, poetry; contemporary American poetry


American Literature, American Poetry, Jewish American Literature


African-American rhetoric, American right-wing rhetoric, American social change rhetoric, developing writers, history of rhetoric and composition.




  • Carey, Craig
    Undergraduate Director, Assistant Professor of English

American literature (particularly 19th century), media studies, book history, authorship, realism and naturalism, the digital humanities


Creative Writing - Poetry, Contemporary American Poetry, Editing and Publishing


Southern literature, secondary education, children's & young adult literature, 20th-century American lit, cultural studies


Late Victorian and modern British literature, modernism, Irish studies, discourse history, narratology, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Bloomsbury Group, literatures of the environment


Twentieth Century Literature, Critical Theory, Visual and Urban Studies


Medieval literature, women's studies


English and German philology


Early American literature and culture from colonial to antebellum periods, transatlantic culture and history, the literatures of the American hemisphere, the rise of the American novel, 19th-century to contemporary Latino writing, and the teaching of world literature.


  • Inman, Joyce
    Composition Director, Assistant Professor of English

Composition theory and pedagogy, basic writing programming and pedagogies, legal discourse analysis, social and cognitive linguistics


African American literature (esp. 19th- and early 20th-century), southern literature, African American women writers (especially 19th-century), feminist theory, and cultural studies


Restoration and 18th-century British literature and culture, history of gardening and landscape, historical ecology, feminist theory, feminist criticism, ecocriticism, women's writing


Secondary education


Shakespeare, American drama (especially Tennessee Williams), African American literature, Christian poetry


English Renaissance and 17th-century literature, especially Milton; history of rhetoric, especially English reformed preaching; Bible and biblical style; children's and young adult literature


African-American Literature, American Literature, Composition, Popular Literature, Film and Television Literature


Composition pedagogy, adolescent writing, community literacy, place studies


  • Ryan, Maureen
    Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Professor of English

20th-century American literature and women's literature


Creative writing, fiction, contemporary American fiction, historical fiction, editing and publishing


Contemporary anglophone literature, narrative and politics; ecocriticism and environmental humanities, literary discourse and cultural studies.




British Romantic literature, disability studies, and the histories of medicine and science.


Modernist and contemporary literature, literary theory, and Marxist social and political criticism


Creative Writing (Fiction and Non-Fiction)


Children's and young adult literature, lesbian and gay literature, queer theory, gender studies, critical theory


Victorian literature, children's & young adult literature, narrative theory, gothic literature


American literature, particularly of the 19th century; American women writers; women's and gender studies; law and literature