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 Kelly Receives James Randall Leader Prize for 2015

Professor Kathleen Coyne Kelly has received the James Randall Leader Prize for 2015. The annual Leader Prize is awarded by the International Arthurian Society’s North American Branch to the author of the best article to appear on an Arthurian subject in the previous year. Professor Kelly received the prize for her article on “Arthurian Things,”…
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Mullen, Capogna Receive 2016-17 NU Humanities Center Fellowships

Associate Professor of English Patrick Mullen and Doctoral Candidate Frank Capogna are recipients of Northeastern Humanities Center Fellowships for 2016-2017. The fellowship theme for 2016-2017 is “Inclusions and Exclusions.” Professor Mullen will be working on his second book project, Money Managers and Queer Accounts: Sexuality and the Political Economy of Narrative. In particular, he will…
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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.

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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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