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

41st New England Medieval Conference, Slow Catastrophe Saturday, 3 October 2015, Raytheon Amphitheater (440 Egan Research Center)

  The theme for NEMC 2015 is “Slow Catastrophe.” The title echoes Rob Nixon’s Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard U P, 2011), in which Nixon examines what he calls the “attritional lethality” of “climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war,” which “takes place gradually and often invisibly.”…
Read more »

Doctoral Student Elizabeth Polcha Wins Mother Board Writing Prize

Doctoral student Elizabeth Polcha has been awarded the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies‘ 2015 Mother Board Writing Prize for the best essay written by a graduate student in the Boston consortium during the past year across many disciplines and many universities.  Elizabeth received the award for her paper, “Fiction as Archival Data: Building a Feminist Transatlantic Genealogy…
Read more »

Doctoral Candidate Laura Hartmann Wins Second Place in National Book Collecting Contest

Doctoral candidate Laura Hartmann-Villalta won second place in the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, for her collection, “Representations of the Spanish Civil War: Testimonies, Pamphlets, Novels, and Scholarship.” In addition to a monetary prize to expand her personal collection, her sponsoring library, Northeastern University’s Snell Library, has also received $500. The award ceremony will take place…
Read more »

Carla Kaplan Named NEH Inaugural Public Scholar

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced that Professor Carla Kaplan, the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature, has been awarded a Public Scholar grant to support her work on the the book Queen of the Muckrakers: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford (1917-1996). Kaplan was one of just 36 honored scholars, joining the likes of prize-winning…
Read more »

View All News >>

Department Events


Film Screening & Discussion: Stuart Hall’s Legacy: Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies

A film screening of The Stuart Hall Project, followed by a panel discussion with Program Director Suzanna Walters, Associate Professor of English Nicole Aljoe, and Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Sarah J. Jackson. Light refreshments will be served.


Guest Presentation: Bestselling Author Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout, author of The New York Times bestseller Olive Kitteridge, will be the guest speaker in Professor Goshgarian’s Modern Best Sellers class. English Majors are encouraged to attend. NU community members are welcome…
Read more »


Barrs Lecture: Hillary Chute, University of Chicago

This fall, our outside Barrs speaker is Hillary Chute, a scholar of the graphic novel who will be speaking on  the idea of comics as documentary, following with readings of Art Spiegelman and  Keiji Nakazawa’s work. The title of Dr. Chute’s talk is “Comics as Documentary: Words, Images, and War.”

Department Spotlights

nicole_aljoe_lrg_by KJB

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.

Read more »

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 ...

Read more »