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

Turner (Ph.D. ’17) Accepts Writing Center Coordinator Position, Pace University

Doctoral Candidate Michael Turner (Ph.D. ’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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Giaimo (PhD ’14) to Direct Writing Center at The Ohio State University

Genie Giaimo (PhD ’14) has accepted the position of Director of the Writing Center at The Ohio State University. In addition to training and supporting 41 consultants in their day-to-day writing center work, Genie will help to develop the research profile of the WC, with a particular focus on undergraduate research and graduate student mentorship….
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Girdharry (PhD ’16) Accepts Tenure Track Position

Kristi Girdharry (PhD ’16) has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of English at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Kristi defended her doctoral dissertation, “Composing Digital Community Spaces: Design and Literacy Practices in/of the Archive,” (directed by Chris Gallagher) on August 9, 2016.

Simpkins (PhD ’16) Accepts Full-time Teaching Position

Kate Simpkins (PhD ’16) has accepted a full-time faculty position in the English Communications Division at Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. In this position, Kate will teach on WCC campuses in Dothan and Eufala, Alabama. Kate defended her doctoral dissertation, “The Absent Agronomist and the Lord of Poison: Cultivating Modernity in Transatlantic Literature, 1758-1854,” in…
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Department Events


Welcome Day

Join the department for its annual Welcome Day for incoming and new undergraduate students. In addition to meeting new students, old friends, faculty, and staff, there will be treats and an opportunity to hear about exciting events coming up in the department.  


Annual Majors & Minors Pizza Party

Join the department for its annual Majors & Minors Pizza Party! Catch up with old friends, find out what the English Club, Spectrum Magazine, and The Onyx Informer are up to, hang out and eat free pizza.


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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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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