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

Professor Cushman to receive Conference on Community Writing award

Professor Ellen Cushman was chosen by a national committee of community writing scholars and practitioners as the recipient of the 2017 Conference on Community Writing Distinguished Engaged Scholar in Community Writing Award.  She will receive the award and give a keynote address, “Place and Relationships in Community Writing,” at the Conference on Community Writing conference in Boulder in…
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Professor Altschuler joins Humanities Center leadership

On September 8, Dean Uta Poiger and Humanities Center Director Lori Lefkovitz announced Professor Sari Altschuler’s appointment as Associate Director of the Northeastern Humanities Center. In this role, Professor Altschuler will assist in the “general operations and growth and development of the Humanities Center” and “work with the board to develop initiatives in health humanities.”

Student’s poem published in Boston anthology

English major Elke Thoms’s poem, “Bedroom View,” appears in City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems (2017), a collection of poems that celebrate everyday life in Boston. City of Notions was published by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Professor Blessington pens new book of poetry

Professor Francis Blessington has published a new volume of poems, Poems from Underground (Deerbrook Press, 2017).

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Department Events


National Day on Writing

Join the Writing Center for a celebration of writing! #WhyIwrite #nuwrites..
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11/13/2017 - 11/16/2017

Paul Murray, Visiting Distinguished Writer

Join us for a fantastic week of events, featuring Visiting Distinguished Writer Paul Murray, author of An Evening of Long Goodbyes, Skippy Dies and The Mark and the Void. ..
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Barrs Lecture: Professor Michael Chaney, Dartmouth

“Misreading with the President: Re-reading the Covers of John Lewis’ March”


2017 Peter Burton Hanson Lecture: Emily Skillings

Emily Skillings will be reading from her new book, Fort Not, with a book signing to follow. Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017), which Publisher’s Weekly called a “fabulously eccentric, hypnotic, and hypervigilant debut,” as well as two chapbooks, Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26…
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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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