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

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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Turner (PhD ’17) Accepts Writing Center Coordinator Position, Pace University

Doctoral Candidate Michael Turner (PhD ’17) has accepted the position of Writing Center Coordinator at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. Michael will direct the Writing Center which includes supporting a staff of undergraduate and graduate tutors, conducting assessment and research, and working with faculty. Michael will also assist in administering Pace’s Writing-Enhanced Course Program, in collaboration…
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Department Events


“Kissing John Marrant” – Barrs Lecture

Tara Bynum, AAS-NEH Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of English and African-American Studies at the College of Charleston, will give a talk titled, “Kissing John Marrant.” This event is part of the annual Barrs Series, organized by the Department of English Barrs Committee. All are welcome.


The BreakBeat Poets Workshop and Performance

Join the BreakBeat Poets for a day of poetry and performance. Registration begins September 6th…
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Fall Boston Graduate Open House

Visit www.northeastern.edu/openhouse for more information and to register.


Gender, Race, and the 2016 Election

Join Northeastern University faculty for a panel discussion on gender and race in the 2016 election…
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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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