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

Sari Altschuler joins the English department

Sari Altschuler will be joining our faculty as an Assistant Professor of English. She has been with us for the past year as a Visiting Assistant Professor and we are pleased to report that we are now able to welcome her to our regular faculty.   Professor Altschuler specializes in the fields of health and humanities, disability studies, and…
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Peter Burton Hanson Writing Award Winners

English majors Shannon Perry and Isabella Hendricks were the winners of this year’s Peter Burton Hanson Writing Competition. Shannon won for her piece, “Miss Atomic Bomb,” written for Professor Neal Lerner in Fall 2016. Isabella Hendricks won for her piece, “We Lost Uncle Roderigo,” written for Professor Stuart Peterfreund in Fall 2016. Shannon and Bella received the awards at…
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English students present at RISE expo

The Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE) takes place on April 13, 2017 in the Cabot Physical Education Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Among this year’s RISE presenters, you’ll find English majors Laura Packard and Lexi Bond presenting their research on the textuality, provenance, and physicality of Northeastern University’s Dragon Prayer Book (“Accessible Archives: Studying and Digitizing…
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Biology/English Combined Major Named Fulbright Scholar

Sarah Sherman received a Fulbright Research Award for her project, “Assessing the Role of Pathology in Timely Cancer Care in Botswana.” Sarah is completing a biology/English combined major. Congratulations, Sarah! Read the full story at news@Northeastern.

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Department Events


Barrs Lecture: Bonnie TuSmith, Northeastern University

“Frontline Teaching: Ruminations, Sober and Hilarious, of an Ethnic Lit Professor.” Lunch will be provided. All are welcome to attend…
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Barrs Lecture: Curtis Perry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Senecan Inwardness and the Staging of Race in Titus Andronicus and Othello“ Curtis Perry is Professor of English and Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His talk will be on classical influences in Shakespeare’s plays.

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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