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

Papa (PhD ’16) Accepts Position at Mass College of Liberal Arts

I’m delighted to share the exciting news that Victoria Papa (PhD ’16) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of English/Communications at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  Her focus will be multiethnic literature/studies, as well as the digital humanities. Vicky defended her dissertation, “The Invention of Survival: Time and the Transformation of Trauma in…
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Afornalli Awarded CSSH Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Master’s student Joanne Afornalli (BA ’16) will receive a 2016-2017 CSSH Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the area of Experiential Learning. Joanne’s career at Northeastern is exemplary of the exciting ways in which Experiential Learning outside of the classroom combined with rigorous academic study inside the classroom facilitates personal and intellectual growth as well as…
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NU English Faculty Receive FY18 TIER 1 Awards

Professor Ryan Cordell, along with Professors Élika Ortega Guzman from Cultures, Societies & Global Studies and Richard Daynard from Law, received a FY18 TIER 1 Award for their research project, “Witnessing Hate: A Social Justice Archive of the Present,” and Professors Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Julia Flanders, along with Professor Cody Dunn from Computer Science,…
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Science Fiction Class Explores Mars with Chris Carberry

On March 23rd, Chris Carberry, Northeastern alum (BA and MA in History) and founder and CEO of Explore Mars (www.exploremars.org), will be visiting Professor Gary Goshgarian’s Science Fiction class. The class will be reading alien worlds/alien contact material, which constitutes the second half of the course, and Mr. Carberry will be speaking about his extraordinary efforts…
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Department Events

03/20/2017 - 03/25/2017

NU Writers’ Week

A weeklong celebration of writing that includes a variety of interactive events, including workshops and panels, with the goal of making all writing inclusive. Events are free and open to students, staff, faculty, and community members. ..
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NULab Conference: Keeping the Public Sphere Open

On March 24, the NULab will be hosting its first annual conference, showcasing the work of NULab faculty, fellows, alumni, and research collaborators—as well as several invited speakers. The conference will include a range of panels and talks, all organized around the theme: “Keeping the Public Sphere Open.”


2017 Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lecture: Anne Cheng, Princeton University

Save the date – Anne Cheng of Princeton University, “Ornamentalism: A Feminist Theory for the Yellow Woman”..
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Barrs Lecture: Curtis Perry, University at Illinois- Urbana-Champaign

Curtis Perry is Professor of English and Classics at the University at Illinois- Urbana-Champaign. His talk will be on classical influences in Shakespeare’s plays.

Department Spotlights

Hillary Chute

Professor Hillary Chute, a renowned expert on graphic narratives and comics, holds joint appointments in Northeastern's Department of English (College of Social Sciences and Humanities) and Department of Art and Design (College of Art and Media Design). Her recent book, Disaster Drawn (Harvard University Press, 2016), investigates how hand-drawn comics have come of age as a serious medium for engaging history and explores the ways graphic narratives by diverse artists document the disasters of war.

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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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