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

Professors Laura Green and Neal Lerner receive Research Development Funds

Two English department faculty members, Professors Laura Green and Neal Lerner, have received Research Development Fund grants from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.  Professor Lerner received the funds in support of his study of citation practices in the 34-year history (1980-2013) of The Writing Center Journal.  Professor Green is beginning a new book project about…
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Technologies of Text class visits Museum of Printing

Professor Ryan Cordell and students in the Technologies of Text class visited the Museum of Printing in North Andover on October 25th, where they got their hands dirty with printing technology from the foundry era, which goes back 500 years, through such methods as linecasting, phototypesetting, and into the digital age.  

Professors Mya Poe and Chris Gallagher at NCTE Meeting

Professors Mya Poe and Chris Gallagher will take part in a roundtable, “A Dialogue about Literacy Educaitonal Practice and Research in the Teaching of English(es)” at the National Council of Teachers of English annual meeting, November 20-25, 2014, in Washington, DC.  The presentation is part of a roundtable organized by the editors of the NCTE…
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Collection Co-Edited by Professor Aljoe Appears

Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas, edited by Professor Nicole Aljoe and Professor Ian Finseth (University of North Texas), has been published by the University of Virgina Press.   This interdiscplinary collection of essays makes a case for the importance of looking beyond familiar figures, such as Frederick Douglass, in studying slave…
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Department Events


Graduate School and Family

with Professors Ryan Cordell and Mya Poe


Interpretive Improv!

On Friday, November 21st at 4 pm in 400B, the Barrs Committee brings you another new and exciting event: Interpretive Improv! We will be distributing a short “surprise” literary text to everyone at the table, and all present are invited (but not required!) to provide an on-the-fly reading. To get the improv ball rolling, Frank Blessington,…
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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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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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