English

Program Faculty

Louis Bastien, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Department of English
Medieval and Renaissance literatue; Modernism; romance genre; mythology and religion.
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Eric De Barros, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of English
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James Elliott, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of English; Adjunct Professor, Screen Studies
Chair of English; Nineteenth-century American literature; textual editing; contemporary literary theory
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SunHee Kim Gertz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English; Director, Leir Center in Luxembourg
Director of Graduate Studies; western European literature of the late middle ages; semiotics and rhetorical theory; contemplative practice
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Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Huang researches and teaches representations of ethnic identities and politics in 20th-century American literature and popular culture. Her scholarship focuses on literary treatments of ethnicity in narratives about immigration, assimilation, and citizenship, and she is particularly interested in the ways in which the "ethnic" and the "American" persist as mutually exclusive terms in the American cultural consciousness. She also investigates the affinities between ethnic literature and science fiction, two bodies of work that, in her view, share similar critical and theoretical aims in their treatments of social, biological, and cultural difference.
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Fern Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English
Dr. Johnson is a sociolinguist specializing in the study of ethnicity, race, and gender in discourse. Her teaching and research center on the relationship of cultural systems to language-in-use, especially ideological codes in discourse and language policy issues. She has written on topics including cultural models for understanding language diversity, language policy, gender and discourse, and the language of advertising as cultural text.
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Esther Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, E. Franklin Frazier Chair in African American Literature, Theory, and Culture, Department of English
Dr. Jones specializes in the study of black women writers in the Americas, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, class, and nationality and theorizations of difference. She has a particular interest in speculative literatures and science fiction by feminists and writers of color, and how such texts attempt to theorize and/or critique how difference operates within contemporary culture.
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Lisa Kasmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Kasmer specializes in gender studies and women's writing in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She is particularly interested in the way in which the sociopolitical milieu and print culture between 1760-1840 shaped gender politics in Britain. Some of her courses include Making Gender in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Gender and Genre in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, Jane Austen in Contemporary Culture, and The Terror of the Gothic.
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Stephen M. Levin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Levin specializes in contemporary British and postcolonial literature, transnational cultural studies, and critical and literary theory. His research focuses on the ways in which twentieth-century global conditions have shaped contemporary culture and produced new discourses of self and identity. Dr. Levin teaches introductory and advanced courses on Anglophone world fiction, contemporary British literature, English poetry, and cultural studies and social theory. His recent courses have included "Fictions of Empire," "Contemporary British Fiction and Culture," and "Webs and Labyrinths: Imagining Globalization in Literature."
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Meredith Neuman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History
Early and antebellum American literature; Puritan literature, religion early modern literature; poetry, poetry performance, manuscript and "amateur" poetry; book history, manuscript culture, material textuality, American print culture.
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Adjunct Faculty

Michael Bamberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology; Adjunct Professor, Department of English
Michael Bamberg, Ph.D., Psychology, received degrees in German (language and literature), Political Science, and Theology before he became a high school teacher in Germany. He taught German in the UK and PR of China, and collected his M.Phil. in Linguistics at the University of New York, as well as his Ph.D. in Psychology at UC Berkeley. He has been teaching Psychology at Clark since 1986, and Cultural Studies and Communication since 2000. His areas of interest are Identity and Narrative.
Tel: 1-508-793-7135
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Gino DiIorio, M.F.A.
Professor and Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Adjunct Professor, Department of English; Director, Theater Arts Program
Program Director for Theater Arts, Acting in film and theater; writing plays and screenplays
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Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology; Adjunct Professor, Department of English
Dr. Valsiner is a developmental scientist who is one of the core members of the Socio-Evolutionary-Cultural Psychology Graduate Program (SEC) within the department. He takes interest in the cultural organization of mental and affective processes in human development across the whole life span. Another domain of his research involves psychology's history as a resource of ideas for contemporary advancement of the discipline and in theoretical models of how human beings are carriers of culture.
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Department Instructors

Jessica Bane Robert, M.F.A.
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Michael Carolan, M.F.A.
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Timothy Connolly, M.A.
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Joshua Harmon, M.F.A.
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Joan Houlihan, M.A.
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Ethan Myers, M.A.
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Jennifer Plante, M.A.
Director of Writing Center & Writing Program
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Vicki Stiefel , M.A.
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Lucilia Valerio, Ph.D.
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Emeriti Faculty


Serena S. Hilsinger, Ph.D.


Virginia Mason Vaughan, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of English
Early modern English literature, especially Shakespeare and his contemporaries
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