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Caron Martinez

Caron Martinez

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Professorial Lecturer

A native Californian, Caron Martinez earned her BA in English from Williams College before joining the United States Information Agency as a Foreign Service Officer assigned to the US Embassies in Mexico City and Quito, Ecuador. While living in plac... [More]

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Richard McCann

Richard McCann

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Professor

Professor McCann is the author, most recently, of Mother of Sorrows (Vintage, 2006), a collection of linked stories that Michael Cunningham has described as 'almost unbearably beautiful'; He is also the author of Ghost Letters (1994 Beatrice Hawley A... [More]

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202-885-2978
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Jocelyn McCarthy

Jocelyn McCarthy

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Professorial Lecturer

Jocelyn McCarthy received her BA in English from Cornell University and her MFA in Creative Writing from American University. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and is currently at work on several projects. She has lived and worked in Thailand, and t... [More]

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202-885-8942
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Heather McDonald

Heather McDonald

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Professorial Lecturer

Heather McDonald earned her MFA from American University and her BA from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Prior to teaching, she was a web writer and editor. Her academic interests include the intersections between creative writing and... [More]

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202-885-8930
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Jeffrey Middents

Jeffrey Middents

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Associate Professor

Professor Middents studies and teaches film and world literature, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the 1980s, and serves as the advisor to the Cinema Studies minor. His film-oriented courses cover a wide range of c... [More]

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202-885-2979
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Ian Montgomery

Ian Montgomery

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Administrative Assistant

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202-885-2972
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Glenn Moomau

Glenn Moomau

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Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer

Glenn Moomau is the author of Ted Nugent Condominium: From Boston to Austin with the Glenmont Popes (AP Press, 2001). His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in storySouth, Memoir Journal, Art Works, Link, Bomb, Living Blues, The Little Patuxe... [More]

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202-885-2924
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Marianne Noble

Marianne Noble

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Associate Professor

Professor Noble's teaching and research interests include American literature, culture studies, and gender studies, with a particular emphasis on the construction of sexuality in nineteenth-century American women's literature. She is the author of Th... [More]

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202-885-2988
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Kristina Oakes

Kristina Oakes

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Professorial Lecturer

Kristina Kasik Oakes earned her MA from Boston College and her BA from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to teaching at AU she taught high school English in Central Virginia and writing at Central Virginia Community College. Her academic interes... [More]

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202-885-6364
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Deborah C. Payne

Deborah C. Payne

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Associate Professor

An expert in dramatic literature and theatre history, Professor Fisk has published extensively on 17th and 18th-century drama and performance, writing on topics ranging from the Restoration actress to baroque opera. Currently she is completing a book... [More]

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202-885-2997
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Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. *USA Today* called the book "deeply moving" and "beautifully written." *People* called it "a devastatingly beautiful account of a cruel past." *O, The Oprah Magazine*... [More]



David Pike

David Pike

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Professor

Professor Pike's most recent book is Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World (U of Toronto P, 2012). He is the author of Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Modern Urban Culture, 1800–2001 (Cornell UP, 2007); Subterranean C... [More]

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Rebecca Rangel-Mullin

Rebecca Rangel-Mullin

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Sr. Administrative Assistant

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Tom Ratekin

Tom Ratekin

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Assistant Professor

Professor Ratekin teaches courses in twentieth-century literature and film. His interests include modern British, American, and world literature, postmodernism, literary theory, consumer culture, psychoanalysis, genre studies and the memoir. His book... [More]

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202-885-6341
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Roberta Rubenstein

Roberta Rubenstein

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Professor

Professor Rubenstein's primary teaching interests include Modernist fiction, literature by Modernist and contemporary women writers, and feminist literary theory. She has published more than thirty articles and book chapters, as well as five books an... [More]

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202-885-2993
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Richard Sha

Richard Sha

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Chair, Department of Literature

Professor Sha teaches courses in Nineteenth-Century Literature, especially British Romanticism and in Asian American Literature. He has drafted a new book entitled,  Science and Imagination in Romanticism, 1750-1850, for which he has received a 2012-... [More]

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202-885-2928
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Anita Sherman

Anita Sherman

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Associate Professor

Anita Gilman Sherman studies 16th and 17th century literature, specializing in works that have problems of knowledge and interpretation at their thematic center. Her book, Skepticism and Memory in Shakespeare and Donne (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), exp... [More]

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202-885-2985
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Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

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Assistant Professor

Kathleen Smith’s teaching and research focus on the later Middle Ages. Her current book project draws together legal, literary, religious, and social history and examines the concept of intention as a tool for imagining the moral self. In particular,... [More]

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Rachel Louise Snyder

Rachel Louise Snyder

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Assistant Professor

Rachel Louise Snyder is a writer, professor and public radio commentator. Her first book Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade was published in 2007 by WW Norton. An excerpt of the book –aired on T... [More]


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Peter Starr

Peter Starr

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Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Peter Starr joined American University as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2009. In this role, he is responsible for 324 full-time faculty in 17 departments, 1820 undergraduate majors, 979 graduate students and over 40% of all enrollm... [More]

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Mary Switalski

Mary Switalski

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Professorial Lecturer

Mary Switalski began teaching at AU in 2007 while completing her MFA. She earned her BA in English Literature with a Creative Writing Subconcentration from the University of Michigan. She has also taught at the University of Maryland. She writes shor... [More]

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202-885-3638
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Adam Tamashasky

Adam Tamashasky

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Senior Professorial Lecturer

Adam has been with the College Writing Program since 2004. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1999 with a BA in English, then came to AU's MFA Program. His poetry most recently appeared in 491 Magazine, and he's also published in The Belle... [More]

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202-885-8933
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Alison Thomas

Alison Thomas

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Professorial Lecturer

Alison Thomas earned a BA in English and Spanish from Cornell University. She completed her MFA in creative writing at American University. Currently she is at work on revising her first book, a collection of linked short stories called “Our People.”... [More]

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202-885-8945
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Margaret Twigg

Margaret Twigg

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Instructor

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Linda Voris

Linda Voris

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Assistant Professor

Professor Voris’s teaching and research interests include twentieth-century American and British literature, the intellectual history of modernism and its relation to the visual arts, as well as contemporary lyrical and experimental poetry. Her book ... [More]

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202-885-2984
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Katherine Wilson

Katherine Wilson

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Senior Professorial Lecturer

Kate holds Master’s degrees in English and Medieval Studies from the Catholic University of America, and a BA in English and Music from Stanford University. Her academic interests include medieval literature, 15th century British drama, classical rhe... [More]

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202-885-3917
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Li (Lily) Wong

Li (Lily) Wong

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Assistant Professor

Lily Wong received her PhD in Comparative Literature at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research pays close attention to the politics of affect/emotion, gender and sexuality, as well as media formations of transpacific Chinese, Sinophone... [More]

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202-885-2998
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Lacey Wootton

Lacey Wootton

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Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer

Lacey Wootton completed her MA in Literature at AU in 1999 and has taught in the College Writing Program since then. Prior to her time at AU, she earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley, worked in publishing, and returned to Berkeley to earn her te... [More]

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202-885-2982
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Melissa Young

Melissa Young

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Writing Instructor

Melissa Scholes Young holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and an MA in Education from Stetson University.  Her work has been published in Narrative, Poets & Writers, Brain, Child, Huffington Post, and other l... [More]

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