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

Book Review by Carla Kaplan

  Carla Kaplan, Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature, reviews Jill Lepore’s new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, in the New York Times Review of Books for December 15th.  Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41Professor of History at Harvard, was the English department’s Peter Burton Hanson speaker in 2013.  Kaplan, the author of Miss Anne…
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Jonathan Benda Awarded Taiwan Grant

Jonathan Benda, a Writing Program lecturer, has received a travel grant from the Chiu Scholarly Exchange Program for Taiwan Research to conduct archival research in Taiwan in the summer of 2015. The title of Dr. Benda’s research project is “U.S. Wartime Military Intelligence and Postwar Discourse about Taiwan: A Survey of the George H. Kerr…
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Writing Program Recognized by CCCC

The Writing Program of the Department of English has been awarded  the Conference on College Composition and Communication Certificate of Excellence.  The program was lauded for being “at the forefront of both writing research and pedagogical innovation,” for making T”a strong case for the positive and inextricable connection between research and teaching” and for “its commitment…
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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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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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