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

Rachel Lewis Awarded 2016 CCCC Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award

We are delighted to report that doctoral student Rachel Lewis (MA’11) has been awarded the 2016 CCCC Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award.  The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) sponsors the Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award to support scholars whose work participates in the making of meaning out of sexual and gender minority experiences. According to the announcement…
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NU at MLA 2016

This weekend, many NU English faculty, graduate students, and alumni will presenting at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Austin, TX. Faculty presenters include Professors Ryan Cordell (522. Bibliography in the Digital Age: Tools, Technologies, Theories), Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (124. Tracing Associations in the Americas, 1770–1860), Laura Green (499. Revisiting Dialogue), Kathleen Coyne Kelly…
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Professor Cordell Elected to MLA Forum

Professor Ryan Cordell was elected for a five-year term to the Modern Language Association (MLA) Forum‘s executive committee in the area of “Bibliography and Scholarly Editing.”  The committee is responsible for a part of the annual MLA convention program and for organizing special events or publications related to their area.

Cottrell and Papa Receive Dissertation Completion Awards

We’re delighted to report that two of our doctoral students—Jeffrey Cottrell and Victoria Papa–are recipients of Dissertation Completion Awards from the Office of the Provost. Jeffrey’s dissertation, “Revolutionary Geographies: Contested Spaces and Geographic Writing in Early America, 1720-1820,” is advised by Chair and Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon; and Vicky’s dissertation, “The Invention of Survival: Time and…
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Department Events


English Club Game Night

English Club game night with undergrads and faculty. Pizza served.


Interpretive Improv

Join Professor Ellen Cushman, Doctoral student Kate Simpkins, and Master’s student Heather Brist for the Barrs Committee’s bi-annual Interpretive Improv. ..
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Paul Murray, Reading and Reception

Irish author Paul Murray comes to campus to read from his recent novel, The Mark and the Void…
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03/04/2016 - 03/05/2016

2016 EGSA Conference: The Imaginary

Graduate student conference, featuring keynote speakers Mya Poe of Northeastern University and Donald Pease of Dartmouth College…
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Barrs Lecture: Amanda Anderson, “Psyche and Ethos”

Barrs Lecture Series: Amanda Anderson, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English, Brown University…
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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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