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

Congratulations Leah Lapszynski, MA ’15

Leah Lapszynski, MA ’15, who has accepted a position as Art Educator for the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama.  Museum education was Leah’s goal, so it’s particularly exciting that she’s already well launched on it!  Leah’s Master’s thesis, “Three case studies on Digital Technology Implementation in Museums for Disabled Patrons,” was supervised by Professor…
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Congratulations Shun Kiang, Ph.D. ’15

Shun Kiang, Ph.D. ’15, on two significant achievements.  Shun has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College, where he has been teaching as an adjunct professor for several years.  At BHCC, Shun will teach a wide variety of literature and writing courses.  In addition, Shun’s article, “Failures That…
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Doctoral Candidate Jim McGrath accepts postdoc at Brown University

Jim McGrath has accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Digital Public Humanities at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University.  Jim will teach courses in the Center’s Master’s of Public Humanities program, consult with students, faculty members, and community partners on digital projects, and continue his own work…
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Ryan Cordell on NPR

Assistant professor Ryan Cordell spoke with National Public Radio’s Scott Simon on Weekend Edition on Saturday, May 23rd about how popular news items “went viral” in the nineteenth-century.  “We find a lot of sentimental stories that were widely circulated, things that are supposed to evoke emotions – usually some sadness, even,” says Cordell.  “We often talk about…
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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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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 ...

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