English Department

Our Faculty

Hope Norman Coulter (A.B. Harvard University, M.F.A. Queens University of Charlotte) has published fiction and poetry in such journals as The Carolina Quarterly, Terrain, and North American Review.  Her poetry collection, The Wheel of Light, will be published in spring 2015 as part of the New Poets Series of BrickHouse Books. Her honors include the 2014 Laman Library Writers Fellowship, a Pushcart nomination, and the Porter Prize for Literary Excellence. website

Josh Glick (Ph.D. Yale University) is currently on leave for the 2014-2015 academic year. He teaching and research are focused on global documentary media, the history and theory of broadcast communications, race and popular culture, and Hollywood as an evolving mode of artistic and cultural production. He has published articles on these topics in such journals as: The Moving Image, Film History, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. In addition to revising his book manuscript on Los Angeles documentary film and television in the 1950s-1970s, Josh enjoys working in the public humanities. He is currently collaborating with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT on the traveling museum exhibition, "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008." 

Alice Hines (Ph.D., Texas Woman's University), in addition to teaching courses in Great Books, Seventeenth-Century and Eighteenth-Century British poetry, prose, drama, and fine arts, she recently wrote the test items to accompany the tenth edition of the Harbrace College Handbook. Professor Hines also serves as coordinator of our college-wide Writing Across the Curriculum Program. 

Pat C. Hoy II (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is the Mellon Visiting Professor of English. He has held appointments at the U.S. Military Academy, Harvard, and New York University. Author of numerous textbooks on composition, his essays have appeared in Sewanee Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Agni, Twentieth Century Literature, South Atlantic Review, Rhetoric Review, and the Wall Street Journal; ten have been “Notables” in Best American Essays. Instinct for Survival was a “Notable” collection in Best American Essays of the Century. He won the 2003 Cecil Woods, Jr. Prize for Nonfiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His 2014 essay  "Warring with Words" won the Monroe Spears Prize, awarded annually for the best essay published in Sewanee Review.

Tyrone Jaeger (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) teaches courses in creative writing and literature. He is the author of the lyric novella The Runaway Note (2012). His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry is published in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, in such journals as the Oxford American, The Literary Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Toad Suck Review, West Branch Wired, Indiana Review, Descant, Prism International, the anthology Tartts: Incisive Fiction by Emerging Writers, and many others. website

Toni Wall Jaudon (Ph.D., Cornell University) teaches courses in American literatures before 1900. She writes about religion and the liveliness of objects in the literatures of the nineteenth-century Americas and likes to think and teach about material culture, histories of reading, secular sensibilities, dissident sensations, and things that do things. Her essay "Obeah's Sensations: Rethinking Religion at the Transnational Turn" received the Norman Foerster prize, given annually in recognition of the year's best essay in American Literature, in 2012. Her work also appears in a special issue of American Literary History on the intersections of literary and religious studies.

Giffen Maupin (Ph.D., Cornell University) teaches 19th century British literature and poetry.

Kristi McKim (Ph.D., Emory) teaches courses in film studies and serves as Chair of the Film Studies Program. Her teaching and research explore the ways that cinema can enrich our perception by correlating our experience of time (through clocks, calendars, bodies, histories) with environmental changes (gravity, weather, seasons) and human emotion (such as nostalgia, desire, love, melancholia). Her books include Love in the Time of Cinema (2011) and Cinema as Weather: Stylistic Screens and Atmospheric Change (2013). She has published on Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life (in Camera Obscura), Agnès Varda's Jacquot de Nantes (in Studies in French Cinema), Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers (in Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction, vol. 2), and non-fictional film experience (in the forthcoming collection Cinephilia and Teaching); her articles and reviews also appear in Film PhilosophySenses of CinemaFilm Quarterly, H-France, and Film International.​

Felipe Pruneda Senties (ABD, University of Pittsburgh) teaches courses on transnational cinemas, film theory, and Latin American filmmakers. Other areas of research include screen translation and screenwriting, the subjects of both current and upcoming publications. He is completing his dissertation on the history of imagination in Mexican film criticism and theory.

Debapriya Sarkar (Ph.D., Rutgers University) teaches courses in early modern literature and culture. Her teaching and research interests include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, poetry and poetics, theories of genre, medieval and early modern women writers, and the history and philosophy of science. Her current book project focuses on the intersections between literary and scientific thought in early modern England; it argues that ideas of possibility shaped new methods of knowing both natural and imaginative worlds. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Macbeth: The State of Play (Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare), and Object-Oriented Environs (Punctum Books). 

Dorian Stuber (Ph.D., Cornell University) teaches 20th and 21st century British literature, Holocaust literature, literary theory, and film. He has published on D. H. Lawrence, Doris Lessing, J. G. Farrell, and Todd Haynes, various aspects of Holocaust literature, and, with Marianne Tettlebaum, on Ernst Lubitsch. He blogs about books at www.eigermonchjungfrau.wordpress.com

Marjorie Swann (D.Phil., Oxford) teaches courses about poetry and sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature.  Her publications focus on Renaissance literature’s relationship with social, cultural, and environmental history. In addition to many essays and articles, she has published the book Curiosities and Texts: The Culture of Collecting in Early Modern England (2001) and the new Oxford University Press edition of Izaak Walton’s famous fishing treatise, The Compleat Angler (2014).  She is now writing a book about Walton’s Angler and its post-seventeenth-century afterlives.

Alex Vernon (Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) teaches post-1900 American literature as well as writing. He is the author of two memoirs, most succinctly bred (2006) and The Eyes of Orion: Five Tank Lieutenants in the Persian Gulf War (1999; Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Book Award); two books of literary criticism/history, Soldiers Once and Still: Ernest Hemingway, James Salter, and Tim O'Brien (2004) and Hemingway's Second War: Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War (spring 2011); the cultural study On Tarzan (2008); and three edited collections, Arms and the Self: War, the Military, and Autobiographical Writing (2005); Approaches to Teaching the Works of Tim O'Brien (2010); and Critical Insights: War (2012). website

Carol West   (Ph.D., Yale University), teaches courses in early English literature, the British novel, and African literature. In recent years, she has received five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and has traveled to Africa and Europe to conduct research.