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Experts List for Media Inquiries

The following is a list of faculty and staff in the Department of English who are easily reachable and willing to serve as experts for purposes of media inquiry. If you seek information about a topic not covered here, please contact the department’s Communications Director Kristen LaRue (480-965-7611) for more information or to reach another member of the faculty.


Area(s) of Expertise

Joni Adamson

Professor, Environmental Humanities, Department of English

Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Inaugural Affiliate, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

Affiliate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


  • Environmental literature and film

  • Climate fiction

  • Climate change

  • Global Indigenous literatures and scientific literacies

  • Stories plants tell

  • Environmental justice movements

  • Place and sense of place

Sally Ball

Associate Professor, Creative Writing, Department of English

Associate Director, Four Way Books (New York City)

sally.ball@asu.edu (pref)

  • Contemporary American poetry (from the avant to the more mainstream)

  • Literary publishing, editing

Lee Bebout

Associate Professor, Department of English

Affiliate Faculty, School of Transborder Studies

Affiliate Faculty, Program in American Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies


  • Race

  • Immigration

  • White supremacy

  • Mexican American literature and culture

Ron Broglio

Associate Professor, Department of English

Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


  • Animals and culture

  • History of agriculture 1700-present

  • History of livestock 1700-present

  • Continental philosophy from Kant to the present

Jessica Early

Associate Professor / Director, English Education, Department of English

Director, Central Arizona Writing Project


  • Secondary (grades 6-12) writing instruction

  • English education

  • College and career-ready writing

  • Professional development

  • Teaching of secondary (grades 6-12) writing

Ed Finn

Assistant Professor, Arts, Media and Engineering / Department of English

Director, Center for Science and the Imagination

Affilate Faculty, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes

Affiliate Faculty, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

Affiliate Faculty, Human & Social Dimensions of Science & Technology

Affiliate Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College


  • Contemporary fiction

  • Digital culture

  • Science fiction

  • Imagination

  • Creativity

  • Understanding the imagination

  • Using storytelling to change how we think about the future

  • Future of the book

  • The modern myth of Frankenstein and its relationship to creativity and responsibility 

Melissa Free

Assistant Professor, Department of English

Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College

Affiliate Faculty, School of Social Transformation


  • Victorian and Edwardian literature and culture
  • British empire

  • Postcolonial studies

  • Feminism

  • Female action hero

  • Adventure fiction

Michael Green

Senior Lecturer, Film and Media Studies, Department of English


  • Contemporary U.S. cinema

  • Race and gender in film studies

  • Sci-fi cinema

Sören Hammerschmidt

Instructor, Writing Programs, Department of English

Honors Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College

Faculty Mentor, President Barack Obama Scholars Program


  • British literature, esp. 1650-1850

  • Scottish literature, esp. 1650-1900

  • Print and manuscript, the printing press, books and other print media

  • Art and literature, art in literature, book illustration

  • Letters, the early post office and postal system

  • Slavery and abolition, race and transatlantic Enlightenment

David Hawkes

Professor, Department of English


  • Usury

  • Debt

  • Money-lending

  • Idolatry

  • Literature and economics

  • Literature and religion

  • Shakespeare

  • Milton

Julia Himberg

Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of English

Advisory Board, LGBT Studies Certificate


  • LGBT media and politics

  • Television history

  • Gender politics

  • Media and marketing

Kathleen Lamp

Associate Professor /  Director, Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies, Department of English

President, American Society for the History of Rhetoric


  • Classical rhetorical theory and practice

  • History of rhetoric

  • Place, culture, identity

  • Material rhetoric

  • Roman rhetoric (Cicero, Quintilian)
  • Visual communication

  • Monuments and memorials

  • Augustus

  • City Beautiful Movement

  • Rhetoric of cities

Neal A. Lester

Foundation Professor, Department of English

Founding Director, Project Humanities


  • African American literature and culture

  • Race and gender politics of hair

  • Popular culture

  • American race relations

  • African American children’s literature

  • Black women writers

  • The N-word

  • Privilege and anti-bias

  • Cultural appropriation

Joe Lockard

Associate Professor, Department of English

Affiliate, African and African American Studies Program

Affiliate, Jewish Studies Program


  • American literature

  • African American literature

  • US slavery

  • Antislavery/abolitionist literature

  • Prison education

  • Prison writing

  • Censorship

  • Jewish American Literature

Devoney Looser

Professor, Department of English

480 965 3925

  • British literature

  • Women’s writings

  • Jane Austen

  • Feminism

  • History of the novel

  • Aging and old age in history

  • Roller derby

Mark Lussier

Professor, Department of English

Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


  • Science and literature

  • William Blake

  • European Romanticism

  • Emergence of Buddhism into the West

Paul Kei Matsuda

Professor / Director of Second Language Writing, Department of English

Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics, Nanjing University, China

Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics, Zhengzhou University, China


  • Language and writing issues for international students in U.S. higher education

Bruce Matsunaga

Associate Research Professional / Director of Technology, Department of English


  • Digital humanities

  • Literature

  • Ecocriticism

  • Computers and learning

  • Computation and digital media

Keith Miller

Professor, Department of English

Interim Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy


  • American Civil Rights Movement

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Malcolm X

  • Fannie Lou Hamer

  • Abolitionist speeches

  • History of African American oratory

Kevin S. Sandler

Associate Professor / Director, Film and Media Studies, Department of English


  • Media censorship

  • Animation

  • American film and television history

  • Media branding

  • Media marketing