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

Sarah Stanley (MA ’15) Elected to Technical Council of the TEI Consortium

Sarah Stanley (MA ’15) has been elected to the Technical Council of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, joining a very distinguished international team of experts. The TEI is an international standards group that maintains and develops the TEI Guidelines, one of the major data standards for digital scholarship in the humanities. The Technical Council is responsible…
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English Major Finds Community at NU

Read about how English major Denise Bates (SSH’21) discovered a home away from home at Northeastern in this News @ Northeastern article. “I fell in love with the people. It’s like finding this really big family and sup­port system I could go to,” she said.

Doctoral Students Featured in Digital Scholarship Interview

Doctoral candidate Benjamin Doyle, Elizabeth Hopwood (PhD ‘16), and Jim McGrath (PhD ‘15), along with global history Doctoral candidate Abby Mullen, were recently interviewed by Common-place, the journal of early American life. In an article titled “Graduate Training Where Digital Scholarship and Early American Studies Meet,” they each responded to questions about how they became…
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Professor Goshgarian Interview in Forthcoming Documentary

On Sept. 3, KQED/PBS in California is airing the documentary, “Who Wants to Live Forever?,” a film on aging that includes an interview with NU English Professor Gary Goshgarian. Professor Goshgarian, whose pen name is Gary Braver, talks about his novel, Elixir, and the research behind it. “I was very honored to be part of…
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Department Events


Author Visit: Kim McLarin, Author of Jump at the Sun

Organized by the Department of English, in partnership with the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute, Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, and NUCrossing…
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Neval Avci Dissertation Defense

“Transatlantic Triangulations: Captivity Narratives and the Evolution of Anglo-American Identities from the Colonial to the Early National Period” All are welcome.


“Feminist Ethics and the Passionate Utterance” – Barrs Lecture

Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American studies at Princeton University, will use the work of Stanley Cavell to explore potential responses to others in distress and under domination in her Barrs talk, “Feminist Ethics and the Passionate Utterance”..
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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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