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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Natalie Diaz
Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Associate Professor

Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection was "When My Brother Was an Aztec."

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Andrea Dickens

Dickens currently teaches a wide variety of Writing Programs classes at ASU-Tempe, including ENG 101, 102, 107, 108, 301, 302 and WAC 107. She specializes in business writing and L2 writing.

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Aviva Dove-Viebahn
Assistant Professor

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.

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Jonathan Drnjevic

Drnjevic teaches composition in the Department of English. He holds degrees in English and Political Science, English Literature, Finance, and Library Science.

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Norman Dubie
Regents Professor

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.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Sarah Duerden
Principal Lecturer MY

In addition to teaching First-Year Writing, Duerden also enjoys teaching Writing About Literature for nonmajors, which ties into her own interest in contemporary British fiction.

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Elizabeth Durand
Assistant Professor

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.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Faculty Associate

Duttagupta is a writing professional and an Arizona State University alumnus.

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Karen Dwyer
Principal Lecturer MY

Dwyer is particularly interested in the social influences of how we know what we know, and her research and teaching both reflect that interest.

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Jessica Early
Director of English Education, Associate Professor

Early is a scholar of English education and secondary literacy. She is the director of English education and the Central Arizona Writing Project at ASU.

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Tonya Eick
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Lawrence Ellis
Senior Lecturer

Ellis' research interests are in Native American oral traditions, North American verbal and performative lore, and world folklore.

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Graduate Teaching Associate
Steve Farmer
Principal Lecturer

Farmer's research and teaching interests are focused on 19th century British literature, particularly Victorian fiction.

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Valerie Fazel

Fazel teaches composition for the Department of English.

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Elizabeth Ferszt

Ferszt teaches English 101, 102, 301 and 302 (Business Writing). In 2017, she won a Writing Programs Teaching Award for her innovative work in ENG 302.

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Kerry Fine

Fine holds a doctorate in English with an emphasis in Literature, Social Justice, and Environment. She is an instructor in ASU's Writing Programs.

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Edward Finn
Associate Professor

Finn directs the Center for Science and the Imagination at ASU. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English.