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The Department of English faculty is internationally renowned for innovative research and teaching and explores pan-world expression of the English language and its literatures, which span the global yet connect directly to the local. Our active and engaged group of teachers, scholars, and students pursue research in a number of traditional disciplines—such as creative writing, education, film and media studies, linguistics, literature, and rhetoric and composition—and also conduct research and publish work on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary fields—from border studies, digital humanities and material culture to literature and science, sustainability, and women’s studies.

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Name
Expertise
Steven Abell
Grad Teaching Assistant
Ross-Blakley Hall 101CB PO Box 871401
Heather Ackerman
Instructor

Ackerman teaches composition for the Department of English at ASU

Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Karen Adams
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Adams research interests are in the study of language in its social and linguistic context. She is the director of English graduate studies.

480-965-3013
Ross-Blakley Hall 156 PO Box 871401
Joni Adamson
Professor

Adamson is professor of environmental humanities and director of the environmental humanities Initiative at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.

480-727-3675
Ross-Blakley Hall 210 PO Box 871401
Student Worker II
Ross-Blakley Hall 170BA PO Box 871401
Grad Teaching Assistant
Danielle Alfandre
Lecturer

Alfandre has been with ASU since 2012 and leads an annual, faculty-directed study abroad to Costa Rica.

Ross-Blakley Hall 239 PO Box 871401
Katie Alford
Grad Teaching Assistant
Ross-Blakley Hall 101AA PO Box 871401
Kira Assad
Academic Success Specialist

Kira Assad assists the Graduate Program Manager in all PhD and MA programs, on campus and online, offered by the Department of English.

480-965-7454
Ross-Blakley Hall 170AB PO Box 871401
Meghan Bacino
Lecturer

Bacino is from Northwest Indiana (near Chicago) and attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate and graduate school. She enjoys music, dance, and writing.

Ross-Blakley Hall 239 PO Box 871401
Balbir Backhaus
Instructor
480-965-3535
Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Aaron Baker
Director of Film and Media Studies, Professor

Baker's research focuses primarily on sports culture, film authorship and the representation of race, ethnicity and gender in American cinema.

489-965-3168
Ross-Blakley Hall 370 PO Box 871401
Demetria Baker
Program Manager
480-965-3853
Ross-Blakley Hall 121 PO Box 871401
Cajsa Baldini
Clinical Associate Professor

Baldini's research interests are concentrated on British and European 19th century literature and culture.

480-965-7755
Ross-Blakley Hall 148 PO Box 871401
Sally Ball
Associate Professor

Ball is the author of "Wreck Me" and "Annus Mirabilis," both from Barrow Street Press. She's an associate director of Four Way Books.

480-965-5829
Ross-Blakley Hall 355 PO Box 871401
Shomit Barua
Instructor

Barua is an instructor with the Writing Programs, Barrett Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business.

Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Jennifer Baum
Faculty Associate
Ross-Blakley Hall 101AB PO Box 871401
Lee Bebout
Assoc Professor

Bebout has authored two books: "Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies" and "Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the US Racial Imagination in Brown and White."

Ross-Blakley Hall 241 PO Box 871401
Matthew Bell
Director of Creative Writing, Associate Professor

Bell is the author of the novels "Scrapper" and "In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods," the collection "A Tree or a Person or a Wall," and several other books.

480-965-1208
Ross-Blakley Hall 214 PO Box 871401

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Name
Expertise
Steven Abell
Grad Teaching Assistant
Ross-Blakley Hall 101CB PO Box 871401
Heather Ackerman
Instructor

Ackerman teaches composition for the Department of English at ASU

Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Karen Adams
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Adams research interests are in the study of language in its social and linguistic context. She is the director of English graduate studies.

480-965-3013
Ross-Blakley Hall 156 PO Box 871401
Joni Adamson
Professor

Adamson is professor of environmental humanities and director of the environmental humanities Initiative at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.

480-727-3675
Ross-Blakley Hall 210 PO Box 871401
Grad Teaching Assistant
Danielle Alfandre
Lecturer

Alfandre has been with ASU since 2012 and leads an annual, faculty-directed study abroad to Costa Rica.

Ross-Blakley Hall 239 PO Box 871401
Katie Alford
Grad Teaching Assistant
Ross-Blakley Hall 101AA PO Box 871401
Meghan Bacino
Lecturer

Bacino is from Northwest Indiana (near Chicago) and attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate and graduate school. She enjoys music, dance, and writing.

Ross-Blakley Hall 239 PO Box 871401
Balbir Backhaus
Instructor
480-965-3535
Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Aaron Baker
Director of Film and Media Studies, Professor

Baker's research focuses primarily on sports culture, film authorship and the representation of race, ethnicity and gender in American cinema.

489-965-3168
Ross-Blakley Hall 370 PO Box 871401
Cajsa Baldini
Clinical Associate Professor

Baldini's research interests are concentrated on British and European 19th century literature and culture.

480-965-7755
Ross-Blakley Hall 148 PO Box 871401
Sally Ball
Associate Professor

Ball is the author of "Wreck Me" and "Annus Mirabilis," both from Barrow Street Press. She's an associate director of Four Way Books.

480-965-5829
Ross-Blakley Hall 355 PO Box 871401
Shomit Barua
Instructor

Barua is an instructor with the Writing Programs, Barrett Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business.

Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Jennifer Baum
Faculty Associate
Ross-Blakley Hall 101AB PO Box 871401
Lee Bebout
Assoc Professor

Bebout has authored two books: "Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies" and "Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the US Racial Imagination in Brown and White."

Ross-Blakley Hall 241 PO Box 871401
Matthew Bell
Director of Creative Writing, Associate Professor

Bell is the author of the novels "Scrapper" and "In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods," the collection "A Tree or a Person or a Wall," and several other books.

480-965-1208
Ross-Blakley Hall 214 PO Box 871401
Grad Teaching Assistant
Ross-Blakley Hall 101AA PO Box 871401
Linda Bergquist
Instructor
480-965-3535
Ross-Blakley Hall 203AA PO Box 871401
Shavawn Berry
Instructor

Berry's research interests include creative writing, professional and technical writing, editing, and branding/social media. She holds an MPW in Creative Nonfiction and Memoir.

809-653-1686
Ross-Blakley Hall 202AC PO Box 871401

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Expertise
Kira Assad
Academic Success Specialist

Kira Assad assists the Graduate Program Manager in all PhD and MA programs, on campus and online, offered by the Department of English.

480-965-7454
Ross-Blakley Hall 170AB PO Box 871401
Demetria Baker
Program Manager
480-965-3853
Ross-Blakley Hall 121 PO Box 871401
Mollie Connelly-MacNeill
Academic Success Specialist

Mollie graduated summa cum laude from ASU with both a BA and an MA in English. She has returned to the Department of English as of July 2016 to work as an Academic Success Specialist.

Ross-Blakley Hall 162 PO Box 871401
Shauna Dranetz
Academic Success Coordinator

Shauna advises undergraduate students in the Department of English and teaches first year success courses. She has a BA English Literature and BA History from ASU, and an MA English Literature from Colorado State University.

480-965-3168
Ross-Blakley Hall 160 PO Box 871401
Richelle Hubbell-Hudson
Department HR Specialist Sr

Hubbell-Hudson handles the HR fucntions, Payroll reconciliation, Recruitment, DTA, Academic Personnel and Leaves Management for Department of English faculty, staff and students.

480-965-3770
Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL)
Kristen Larue
Director of Communications, Communications Specialist

LaRue-Sandler manages public relations and outreach for the ASU Department of English. Current responsibilities include strategic communications, event publicity and logistics support, and development and alumni relations.

480-965-7611
Ross-Blakley Hall 170G PO Box 871401
Lorinda Liggins
Business Operations Manager
480-727-3445
Ross-Blakley Hall 156 PO Box 871401
Sheila Luna
Senior Program Manager
480-965-3194
Ross-Blakley Hall 125 PO Box 871401
Ruby Macksoud
Director of Internships, Instructional Professional
480-965-7659
Ross-Blakley Hall 129 PO Box 871401
Bruce Matsunaga
Director of Digital Technology, Associate Research Professional

Matsunaga holds a PhD in English Literature with an emphasis in British Romanticism and Digital Humanities. He is the Director of Digital Technology, Graduate Faculty, and an Academic Professional.

480-965-3884
Ross-Blakley Hall 138 PO Box 871401
Tina Norgren
Office Asst/Receptionist Sr
480-965-3224
Ross-Blakley Hall 130 PO Box 871401
Barbara Patton-Walker
Asst to Director
Ross-Blakley Hall 170B PO Box 871401
Program Manager, Creative Writing
Kristin Rondeau-Guardiola
Business Operations Specialist
480-965-5228
Ross-Blakley Hall 143 PO Box 871401
Sarah Saucedo
Office Coordinator
480-965-5411
Ross-Blakley Hall 170BC PO Box 871401
Linda Sullivan
Assistant Director, Academic Services

Linda Sullivan is the Assistant Director of Academic Services for the Department of English. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education, having spent the last 21 years at ASU.

480-965-3168
Ross-Blakley Hall 170A PO Box 871401
Christopher Wheeler
Coordinator

Chris graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Music in 2012. Now he is an Academic Coordinator for the Department of English where he handles scheduling and advising. Chris recently completed his MBA with ASU.

480-965-8270
Ross-Blakley Hall 158 PO Box 871401