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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.
Fox's current work focuses on the histories of positive emotions and well-being, as well as the role of fictional and cultural narratives in shaping emotion.
Goggin's current research includes the study of rhetorics and discourses of sustainability and globalization in oceanic islands.
Mark Hannah's research examines what it means for scholars and non-academic practitioners to work successfully within and across professional and disciplinary boundaries.
Himberg's research interest include television, digital media, gender, sexuality, queer theory, industry studies, consumer culture, advertising, and market research.
Holbo studies American literature from the age of sentiment to the modernist era.
Most of James work is with the MA and PhD programs in linguistics and applied linguistics, master's and certificate programs in TESOL, and BA (linguistics major).
Lamp's primary research interest is in the history of rhetoric, specifically Roman rhetoric. She is the area director of WRL and the past president of the American Society for the History Rhetoric.
Lockard co-founded the Prison English project (now the Prison Education Program) and continues to teach a weekly poetry workshop at Florence State Prison.
Long's scholarship draws on a wide array of rhetorical methods to test the limits and potential of day-to-day democracy under contemporary conditions
Mallot researches postwar British literature, postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, and contemporary global/Anglophone literature, and contemporary South Asian literatures in English.
Maring explores the way that early English poems draw upon oral, literary, and ritual forms of signification for their meaning.
Matsuda is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include the use of English as an international language and the pedagogical implications of the global spread of English.
Prior holds a doctorate in second language acquisition. He teaches courses in qualitative methods, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, TESOL, and second language acquisition.
Saidy's research focuses on writing and writing transitions with secondary students, teachers in professional development groups, and students entering college.
Sandler has published in a wide number of anthologies and journals including Cinema Journal, Animation Journal, and The Velvet Light Trap.
Smith teaches a wide selection of courses in areas within applied linguistics. His research focuses on computer-assisted language learning.
Dove-Viebahn's diverse interests include television and new media; gender and its representation in popular culture; community formation; and the role of the spectator in our digital age.
Durand's current study examines how middle school students engage young adult literature in the context of a Youth Participatory Action Research after-school program.
Florini holds a doctorate in communication and culture from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the intersection of emerging media, Black American cultural production, and racial politics.
Free's current book project is “‘That Indefinable Something Besides’: Southern Africa, British Identity, and the Authorial Informant,”
Bryant holds a doctorate in American literature from ASU. His primary research and teaching areas are contemporary American literature, queer and LGBT issues, race, ethnicity, and social identity theories.
Bump's research interests include medieval and early-modern literatures with an emphasis in Middle English popular romance.
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.
Chabot teaches composition for the Department of English.
Cheong is an interdisciplinary scholar in the cultural implications of communication technologies, mediated developments for authority, religion, community and civic engagement.
Christie holds a doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in English with emphases respectively in cultural studies, composition and rhetoric, and American literature.
Clarke's primary field is 20th century American fiction.
Codell's areas of specialization are Victorian culture, the Victorian press, Indian culture under the British Raj, life writings in Britain and India, Indian travel narratives, race and gender, the art market and world film.
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.