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

2016 Peter Burton Hanson Awards

Each year, the Department of English recognizes two undergraduate writers in English department classes with the Peter Burton Hanson Awards, one given for the best scholarly essay written by an English major and one given for the best creative work written by any major in an English department class. The awards are named honor of Peter Burton Hanson,…
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Linda Collins Receives CSSH Staff Award

Administrative Specialist Linda Collins is the recipient of the inaugural CSSH Staff Award. The Dean’s letter cites her “exceptional effort and talent” in administering the work of the English Department. We are delighted that she has received this important recognition. She will receive the Staff Award at the annual CSSH Faculty and Staff Year-End Celebration.

Nicole Keller Day Receives Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship

Doctoral Candidate Nicole Keller Day has received a 2016-2017 Harry Ransom Center (UT Austin) Research Fellowship in the Humanities. This Dissertation Fellowship, supported by the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation and The University of Texas at Austin Office of Graduate Studies, will support Nicole’s research on the eighteenth-century German astronomer, Caroline Herschel. Nicole is…
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Professor Goshgarian’s Joins “Sweet Auburn” Panel Discussion

Professor Gary Gosharian will join Dead In Good Company co-editors Kim Nagy and John Harrison and local historian Dee Morris in a conversation about the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery.  The event is sponsored by Arlington Community Education and will be held at Arlington High School. More information can be found on the Arlington Community Education website. Professor Goshgarian’s essay, “Recollections Among the Dead,” appears in Dead In Good…
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Department Events


ENGL 2740’s Digital Media Launch: English Pathways

Join students Sebastian Alberdi, Elizabeth Kennedy, Elana Plimack, and Maxwell Jackson as they share the stories and insights of NU English alumni. Light refreshments from Haley House will be provided…
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Peter Burton Hanson Writing Prize Ceremony

Join NU English in celebrating the winners of this year’s Peter Burton Hanson writing competition.

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.

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