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

NU student Matthew Harty helps launch VR Ulysses at National Library of Ireland

Northeastern student Matthew Harty, an English and Computer Science combined major, is part of a team launching a virtual reality adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses on June 15th in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin. Matt worked on the project for his Capstone Seminar Project in the spring of 2017. He works with the engineering…
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Eunsong Kim joins the English Department

We are pleased to announce that Eunsong Kim will be joining our faculty this fall as an Assistant Professor of English and will teach poetry writing and modern poetry.  Eunsong has just completed her PhD at UC San Diego.  Her dissertation, titled “Property & Appropriation in Modern Aesthetics,” addresses the relations among modernist literature and…
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Professor Green to be Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Experiential Education

The Department of English is pleased to share news of Professor Laura Green’s appointment as Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning and Experiential Education in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Professor Green will start her three-year term in July 2017. Professor Green has held a number of administrative positions since she joined Northeastern University…
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Dana Horton (PhD ’17) accepts position at Mercy College

Dana Horton (PhD ’17) has recently accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English specializing in African American Literature in the Department of Literature and Language at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Dana defended her dissertation, “12 Years a Slave-Master: Gender, Genre, and Race in Post-Neo-Slave Narratives,” (directed by Professor Nicole N. Aljoe)…
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Department Events


Asimina Ino Nikolopoulou Dissertation Defense

“Senses and Sights of Dispossession: Contemporary Tales of the Black Diaspora and the Global South.” Public event. All are welcome to attend…
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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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