Faculty and Staff

Members of the English Department faculty and staff are available to answer your questions about the various programs and courses offered by the Department and to guide you in your English studies. Please visit them during their office hours, call them (or leave messages on their voice mail), or send them email messages. You will find telephone numbers, office locations, and email addresses in the University Faculty Directory . You will find current office hours posted on the English major BlackBoard site.


Dennis Chester, Ph.D.

  • Department Chair
  • African American Literature
  • James Baldwin
  • Graphic Novels

Sarah Nielsen, Ph.D.

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Extensive Reading
  • Sociolinguistics

Associate Professors

Ryan Heryford, Ph.D.

  • Environmental Literature

Doug Taylor, Ph.D.

  • African American & Multiethnic Literature

Assistant Professors

Sara Borjas

  • Occam's Razor Director
  • Creative Writing (Poetry)
  • Poetry and Poetics

Katie Bramlett

  • Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Director
  • Asian American Women's Activism and Rhetoric

Trinie Dalton, M.F.A.

  • Creative Writing (Fiction, Non-fiction)
  • Visual Art
  • English Literature

Christine Gottlieb, Ph.D.

  • Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Crystal R. Pérez, Ph.D.

  • Latinx and Chicanx Literature
  • Multiethnic Women's Literature

Professors Emeriti

Eileen Barrett, Ph.D.

  • Twentieth Century British Literature
  • Women’s Literature, LGBT Literature
  • Feminist, Queer, and Literary Theory

Debra Barrett-Graves, Ph.D.

  • Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature

Charles DeBose, Ph.D.

  • English Language and Linguistics

Zelda Boyd, Ph.D.

  • Nineteenth Century British Literature
  • Medieval British Literature

Jacqueline Doyle, Ph.D.

  • Ethnic American Literature
  • Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • Women's Literature
  • Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction

Jacob Fuchs, Ph.D.

  • Eighteenth Century British Literature
  • Twentieth Century American Fiction
  • Classical Literature

Susan Gubernat, M.F.A.

  • Creative Writing (Poetry)
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Contemporary British and American Poetry

Stephen Gutierrez, M.F.A.

  • Creative Writing (Fiction)

K.M. Lant, Ph.D.

  • Nineteenth Century American Literature
  • Women Writers
  • Technology and Teaching

Eve M. Lynch, Ph.D.

  • Nineteenth Century British Literature
  • Eighteenth Century British Literature

Sara McAulay, M.A

  • Creative Writing (Fiction)
  • Women's Studies
  • Modern American Fiction

E. J. Murphy, Ph.D.

  • Medieval British Literature
  • Renaissance British Literature
  • Classical Literature

Margaret Rustick, Ph.D.

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • 20th Century American Fiction

Marilyn Silva, Ph.D.

  • Linguistics

Alison Warriner, Ph.D.

  • Composition Studies

Ke Zou, Ph.D.

  • English Language and Linguistics


Three-year Lecturers

Michael Rovasio, M.A.

Scott Bentley, M.A., M.F.A.

Chris Blood, M.A.

Mary D'Alleva, M.A., M.F.A.

Paul Duarte, M.A.

Faith Espudo, M.A.

Tupelo Hassman, M.F.A.

Dale Ireland, M.A.

Sujin Lee, M.A.

Dabney Lyons, M.A.

Leslie Marron, M.A.

John Robinson, M.A.

Marina Sapozhnikov, M.A.

Karen Seneferu, M.A.


Michelle St. George, M.A.

Jill Sumstad, M.A.

ChenXia Zhu, M.A.



Mica Barreiro, Administrative Support Coordinator II

Department Chair

Dennis Chester, Ph.D.