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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.
Norman Dubie is the author of more than 20 books. His work has been translated into more than 50 languages. His collection, "The Quotations of Bone," won the 2016 International Griffin Poetry Prize.
Ríos is the author of 10 books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. In 2013, he was designated the inaugural Arizona Poet Laureate.
van Gelderen is a syntactician interested in language change. Her work shows how regular syntactic change (grammaticalization and the linguistic cycle) provides insight in the Faculty of Language.
Ratcliffe's research focuses on intersections of rhetoric, feminist theory, and critical race studies.
Bjork specializes in Old English language and literature as well as Old Norse, modern Swedish, and modern medical writing. He was educated at Pomona College and UCLA.
Lester's specialization is African American literary and cultural studies.
Looser is an internationally recognized critic and expert in British women’s writings, the history of the novel, and Jane Austen. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow in English Literature and an NEH Public Scholar in 2018.
Warriner is a linguistic anthropologist of education who uses ethnographic methods to examine the educational, social, political, economic, and ideological dimensions of immigration and transnationalism.
Ryner's teaching interests include Shakespeare and Renaissance drama; British literature to 1700; drama as a genre; literary theory and cultural studies.
Adams research interests are in the study of language in its social and linguistic context. She is the director of English graduate studies.
Adamson is professor of environmental humanities and director of the environmental humanities Initiative at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.
Baker's research focuses primarily on sports culture, film authorship and the representation of race, ethnicity and gender in American cinema.
Blasingame focuses on young adult literature, Indigenous education, secondary writing instruction, preparing pre-service teachers, and cowboy poetry.
Broglio's research focuses on how philosophy and aesthetics can help us rethink the relationship between humans and the environment.
Gregory Castle teaches literature and theory. His books include Modernism and the Celtic Revival, Reading the Modernist Bildungsroman, Literary Theory Handbook, A History of the Modernist Novel, A History of Irish Modernism.
Clarke's primary field is 20th century American fiction.
Cohen is the dean of humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is widely published in the fields of medieval studies, monster theory, and the environmental humanities.
Goggin is author, editor, and co-editor of 11 scholarly books and several editions of a textbook and a pedagogical book.
Hawkes’ academic specialty is the poetry of John Milton. However, his publications span a variety of fields ranging from Darwinism, zombies and torture to, Chomsky, magic, and McCarthyism.
Ackerman teaches composition for the Department of English at ASU
Alfandre has been with ASU since 2012 and leads an annual, faculty-directed study abroad to Costa Rica.
Bacino is from Northwest Indiana (near Chicago) and attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate and graduate school. She enjoys music, dance, and writing.
Baldini's research interests are concentrated on British and European 19th century literature and culture.
Ball is the author of three collections of poems: "Hold Sway," "Wreck Me" and "Annus Mirabilis," all from Barrow Street Press. She's an associate director of Four Way Books.
Barua is an instructor with the Writing Programs, Barrett Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business.
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."
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.