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

Hastings (M.A. ’07, Ph.D. ’17) accepts a position at Rowan College

Sarah Hastings (M.A. ’07, Ph.D. ’17) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of English at Rowan College at Gloucester County in Sewell, NJ. Sarah defended her dissertation, “‘Women Are Words’: Marriage, Language, and the Production of ‘Woman’ in Eighteenth-Century British Women’s Fiction” (directed by Professor Nicole Aljoe), on December 1, 2017.  

Dwyer accepts position at Austin Community College

Doctoral candidate Dania Dwyer has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Austin, TX. She will be teaching literature and composition courses. Dania plans to defend her dissertation, “Writing Genre, Writing Resistance: Uptake, Action, and the Making of Resistance in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry” (directed by Professor Mya Poe), this…
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Second annual Women of Color in the Academy Conference was a big success

The 2nd annual Women of Color in the Academy Conference took place at Northeastern University on Friday. Learn more about the conference conceived of and planned by NU English Professor Nicole Aljoe and Bouvé Graduate School of Health Science Professor Barbara Guthrie, with support from the NU ADVANCE team. The conference was a great success. “The conference…
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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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Department Events


Nicole Infanta Keller Dissertation Defense

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

“Writing Genres, Writing Resistance: Uptake, Action and the Making of Resistance in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry”..
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Department Spotlights

Eunsong Kim

Assistant Professor of English Eunsong Kim

Eunsong Kim joined the NU English faculty in Fall 2017. She co-founded and co-runs the arts forum, contemptorary, a magazine supported by the Andy Warhol Art Writers Grant Program, which is dedicated to featuring, interviewing and archiving artists of color. Professor Kim's poetry has appeared in the Brooklyn Magazine, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, West Branch, and others. Her first book of poetry, gospel of regicide, was published by Noemi Press in 2017.

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Elizabeth Polcha

Doctoral Candidate Elizabeth Polcha

Elizabeth Polcha's research interests include early American and Caribbean literature, digital humanities, and feminist theory. She has been awarded a prestigious Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year and received a 2018 Northeastern University Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Teaching.

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