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

Jonathan Fitzgerald in GradHacker

A post on “Parenting in Public” by doctoral student Jonathan Fitzgerald appeared on April 29th on the GradHacker blogsite: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/parenting-public.  “Undergrads give me funny looks as I tote my daughter across campus,” writes Fitzgerald, “but I’m always amazed at how amenable people are to having her around.”

Davis, Peterfreund, Lesh Recieve 2015-16 Humanities Center Fellowships

Professors Theo Davis and Stuart Peterfreund and Doctoral candidate Charlie Lesh are recipients of Northeastern Humanities Center Fellowships for 2015-2016.  The fellowship theme is “By Design.”   Professor Peterfreund’s book project, in some respects a sequel to his study Turning Points in Natural Theology from Bacon to Darwin: The Way of the Argument from Design (2012), takes up one  the…
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Associate Professor Bonnie TuSmith Receives MELUS Award

Associate Professor Bonnie TuSmith has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethinc Literature of the United States.  The award recognizes scholars for their “oustanding work advancing the interests of MELUS and contributing to the United States’ multiethnic scholarship.”  The MELUS president cites Professor TuSmith’s contributions as…
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Akbari, Cordell Receive Teaching Awards

  Two English department faculty members are recipients of the first CSSH Outstanding Teaching Awards.  Assistant Professor Ryan Cordell received the Outstanding Teaching Award for tenured- and tenure track faculty; part-time Lecturer Tom Akbari received the Outstanding Teaching Award for part-time instruction.  They were recognized at the CSSH Faculty celebration on April 2nd.

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Department Events


“Whitman and Ornamental Distinction”

“Whitman and Ornamental Distinction” Professor Theo Davis, Department of English, NU Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:00p.m., 133 Barker Center Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard

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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Emily Artiano

Emily Artiano

Doctoral Candidate

Emily Artiano joined Northeastern University's doctoral program in English in Fall 2008 after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at University of California, Davis. She was recently awarded a 2014-2015 Northeastern University Humanities Center Fellowship and is currently completing a dissertation titled “Translingual Bodies and the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Atlantic."

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