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Our faculty includes publishing writers and scholars, experienced teachers, and enthusiastic mentors! With our small class sizes, you will get to know each of your English professors as you engage in thoughtful class discussions. Our professors are passionate about what they teach and are dedicated to helping you get the most out of your liberal arts education.




Elizabeth Foley O'Connor

Acting Chair (Spring 2023), Associate Professor of English, Internship Coordinator, Director of the Gender Studies Program
Teaching: Modernism; 20th-Century British, Irish, and Postcolonial Literature; Journalism


Courtney Rydel

(On Sabbatical, Spring 2023) Chair, Associate Professor of English | Director of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor
Teaching: Medieval Literature, Women’s Writing, Chaucer, Arthurian Romance, Fairy Tales


Richard De Prospo

Ernest A. Howard Professor of English and American Studies
Teaching: US Popular Culture, African American Culture, Edgar Allan Poe


James Hall

Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing
Teaching: Creative Writing (Poetry and Nonfiction); Editing & Publishing; Queer Literature

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Roy Kesey

Associate Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House, Lecturer in English and Creative Writing
Teaching: Fiction, Travel Writing, Modern and Contemporary Literature

Alisha Knight

Alisha Knight

Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion and Senior Equity Officer; Professor of English and American Studies
Teaching: African American Literature and Culture, Late 19th/Early 20th Century American Literature, American Print Culture

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Sean Meehan

Professor of English; Director of Writing; Co-Director, Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning
Teaching: Rhetoric and Composition, Multimedia Writing, Environmental Literature




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