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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.
Looser is an internationally recognized literary critic and expert in British women’s writings, the history of the novel, and Jane Austen. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and the TLS.
Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and the Director of Second Language Writing.
T. M. McNally is the author of six works of fiction. His most recent book, finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, is a collection of stories—"The Gateway."
In his research, Keith Miller mainly focuses on the rhetoric and songs of the civil rights movement.
Prof. Newhauser has a PhD in English, with an emphasis on Medieval Studies. His areas of research interest include the moral tradition in intellectual history and sensory studies (sensology).
Professor of English and Director of ASU Writing Programs, with a research focus on writing program administration, citation studies, and archival research. Director of the WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service.
Robert Sturges is a Professor of English at ASU, and also serves as the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. Bob's teaching and research interests include medieval literature and LGBTQ Studies.
Laura Tohe has written and co-authored five books. She is the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2019.
Sally Ball is the author of Wreck Me and Annus Mirabilis, both from Barrow Street Press. She's an associate professor of English at ASU and an associate director of Four Way Books.
Matt 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.
Jessica Early, Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University, is a scholar of English Education and secondary literacy. She is the Director of English Education and the Central Arizona Writing Project at ASU.
Ms. 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.
Dr. Bixby's research falls primarily under the heading of Irish studies, but also addresses British modernism, postcolonial theory and criticism, Continental philosophy, and issues of travel, mobility, and the body.
Robert Bjork specializes in Old English language and literature as well as Old Norse, modern Swedish, and medical writing. He was educated at Pomona College and UCLA.
Cheyenne L. Black teaches composition and poetry and serves as the editor-in-chief for Hayden's Ferry Review at Arizona State University where she is an MFA candidate and Virginia G. Piper global fellow.
Aimee Blau holds an MA in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition. She is an instructor in ASU's Writing Programs.
Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee) is President's Professor and Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at ASU, where he currently serves as associate director.