Welcome to the English Department

We offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees. Our courses span the range of American and English literature and writing studies, with particular expertise in American and transatlantic literatures (early and contemporary), writing studies, and digital humanities.  Our faculty are also involved in research and teaching in African-American Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Please use the links on this page and the Chair’s Welcome to learn more about our people, programs, and opportunities.

Department News

Professor Dillon’s Book, New World Drama, Receives Barnard Hewitt Award

Chair and Professor of English Elizabeth Maddock Dillon‘s recent publication, New World Drama: Performative Commons and the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke University Press, 2014), is the winner of the Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History, American Society for Theatre Research, 2015. New World Drama also received honorable mention for the John Hope Franklin Prize, American Studies Association,…
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Graduate Student Conference Slated for March 2016

The English Graduate Student Association is planning its next interdisciplinary graduate student conference for March 4-5, 2016. The theme this year is The Imaginary. The CFP is online at https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/64997. Follow the EGSA on Twitter at @NU_EGSA.

Professor Goshgarian’s Essay, Short Story Appear in Collections That Celebrate New England Region

Professor Gary Goshgarian‘s essay, “Recollections Among the Dead,” was published in the essay collection, Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery (Ziggy Owl Press, August 2015). The collection, which also includes poetry and wildlife photography, celebrates Mount Auburn Cemetary, America’s first garden cemetary, established in 1831 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Professor Goshgarian’s short story, “Acceptance Speech,” was published in…
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NCTE Webinars Feature Professor Mya Poe

Professor Mya Poe participated in two webinars through National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE): No Test is Neutral: Writing Assessments, Equity, Ethics, and Social Justice and Evidence for Equity: How can we use large-scale assessment to ensure powerful literacy learning for all students? Both streamed live on Nov 2, 2015 and can be viewed on Youtube.

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Department Events

08/25/2015 - 11/30/2015

Exhibit in Gallery 360, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

Advancing Feminism, Reshaping Scholarship..
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Prospectus and Dissertation-in-Progress Presentations

Kathryn Bloom and Kasra Ghorbaninejad


Faculty Works-in-Progress: Lori Lefkovitz

Lori Lefkovitz, Ruderman Professor and Director, Jewish Studies Program, Professor of English, Director, Northeastern Humanities Center, College of Social Science and Humanities “In Medias Res: The Shaping of  Time in Jewish Stories”  


“Education and Design” with Humanities Center Fellows

Second talk of the “By Design” series.  Three Humanities Center faculty fellows, including Stuart Peterfreund, Professor of English, will discuss design and education.  Professor Peterfreund’s talk is titled, “From Natural Theology to Irreducible Complexity: The Way of the Argument from Design after Darwin.”

Department Spotlights

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Nicole N. Aljoe

Associate Professor

Professor Nicole N. Aljoe is the department's most recently tenured associate professor. Her fields of specialization are eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Black Atlantic Literature, the Slave Narrative, Postcolonial Studies, and eighteenth-century British Novel.

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Joanne Afornalli

English BA and “Plus One”

Joanne has embarked upon her Master’s degree in the English department through the “Plus One” program.  She came to Northeastern as an undergraduate transfer student in Fall 2013.   As a research assistant to Professor Ryan Cordell, Joanne became the Community Outreach Leader for NULab’s ...

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