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

Polcha awarded ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Doctoral candidate Elizabeth Polcha has been awarded a prestigious Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. She has also been named a Research Associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for the coming year. Liz is writing a dissertation titled “Redacting Desire: The Sexual Politics of…
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Smith accepts a position at University of Virginia

Kevin G. Smith has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Kevin’s specializations are Academic and Professional Writing. He’ll be teaching first-year writing and advanced courses in Digital Writing and Rhetoric. Kevin successfully defended his dissertation, “(Re)Making/(Re)Marking: Genre and Markup in the Writing Classroom”…
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Professor Aljoe receives Course-Community Collaboration Award

Professor Nicole Aljoe and Amanda Tompkins received a 2017-2018 Course-Community Collaboration Award from the Service-Learning Program. Professor Aljoe was nominated by Jennifer Javier (J.J.) at 826 Boston. Amanda was nominated by Professor Aljoe for her work as Service-Learning Teaching Assistant for the Spring 2018 course, ENGL 2690 Boston in Literature. Congratulations!

Fitzgerald accepts a position at Regis College

Doctoral candidate Jonathan Fitzgerald has accepted a position of Assistant Professor of Humanities at Regis College in Weston, MA. In Fall 2018, he’ll be teaching writing courses as well as courses in ethics and religious studies. Jonathan is currently completing his dissertation, “Setting the Record Straight: Women Literary Journalists Writing Against the Mainstream” (co-directed by…
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Department Events


Jonathan D. Fitzgerald Dissertation Defense

“Setting the Record Straight: Women Literary Journalists Writing Against the Mainstream”


Nicole Infanta Keller Dissertation Defense

“Making Her Case: Gendered Evidence and Women’s Astronomical Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century”..
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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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