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Janet Auten

Janet Auten

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Associate Director, Writing Center

Janet Gebhart Auten has taught the graduate seminar in Teaching Composition and has directed the Writing Center since 2000. She holds a PhD in Rhetoric/ Composition and American Lit. from Bowling Green State University and an MA from the University o... [More]

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Cynthia Bair Van Dam

Cynthia Bair Van Dam

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Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer

Cindy Bair Van Dam joined the Department of Literature faculty in 1995. She earned an MA from American University in 1993 and a BA from the University of Nebraska in 1991. Prior to teaching at AU, she taught at Howard University. Her professional int... [More]

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202-885-2983
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Arielle Bernstein

Arielle Bernstein

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Instructor

ARIELLE BERNSTEIN'S work has been published in The Millions, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, St. Petersburg Review, The Puritan, South Loop Review, The Ilanot Review and Press Play (Indie Wire). She has been listed three times as a finalist in Gli... [More]

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Amanda Berry

Amanda Berry

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Assistant Professor

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202-885-2901
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Fiona Brideoake

Fiona Brideoake

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Assistant Professor

Fiona Brideoake’s teaching and research focuses on British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. Her particular interests include Bluestocking feminism, queer historiography, Jane Austen, sociability and material culture, and eightee... [More]

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202-885-6292
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Michael Cabot

Michael Cabot

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Writing Instructor

A native of the State of New Mexico, Mike Cabot earned his MA from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Before coming to AU in 2011, Mike taught courses in college writing, literature, and technical and professional writing at the University o... [More]

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202-885-6524
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Amanda Choutka

Amanda Choutka

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Instructor

Amanda Choutka has a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Dickinson College. She is working on a collection of nonfiction essays about family and autism. Amanda Choutka's teaching and re... [More]

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202-885-3618
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Edward Comstock

Edward Comstock

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Professorial Lecturer

Ed Comstock holds a Ph.D. from American University's School of Education, Teaching, and Health, as well as an MA in Literature. At the intersection of rhetoric, education studies, and post structuralist philosophy, his scholarship deals with issues ... [More]

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202-885-2975
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Charles Cox

Charles Cox

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Senior Professorial Lecturer

Chuck Cox received his MA in Literature from AU and his BA in English from Temple University in Philadelphia, not far from his Pennsylvania hometown. His academic interests include composition, drama, and the cultural roles of popular genres (e.g. my... [More]

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202-885-2909
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Angela Dadak

Angela Dadak

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International Student Coordinator

As the International Student Coordinator for the Department of Literature, Angela Dadak works mainly in both the College Writing Program and the Writing Center. In the CWP she primarily works with students adjusting to US academic work and with the C... [More]

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202-885-2915
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Kyle Dargan

Kyle Dargan

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Associate Professor

Kyle G. Dargan is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently LOGORRHEA DEMENTIA (UGA,2010). His debut, THE LISTENING (UGA 2004), won the 2003 Cave Canem Prize, and his second, BOUQUET OF HUNGERS (UGA 2007), was awarded the 2008 Hurston/... [More]

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202-885-2933
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Erik Dussere

Erik Dussere

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Associate Professor

Professor Dussere's teaching and research are primarily focused on the literature, film, and culture of twentieth-century America. He has published Balancing the Books (a study of the way that the novels of Toni Morrison and William Faulkner deal wit... [More]

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202-885-2428
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Lydia Fettig

Lydia Fettig

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Professorial Lecturer

Lydia Morris Fettig holds a B.S. in Social Science from Portland State University (in Oregon, not Maine!) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University. Prior to teaching at AU, she taught writing and literature courses at University of ... [More]

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202-885-6347
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Caimeen Garrett

Caimeen Garrett

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Writing Instructor

Caimeen Garrett has an MFA in Fiction from Syracuse University, and is ABD in the doctoral program at Florida State University. She is currently working on her dissertation, a collection of linked stories about the Lindbergh kidnapping. Her academic ... [More]

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202-885-3796
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Stephanie Grant

Stephanie Grant

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Assistant Professor

Stephanie Grant is the author of two novels, The Passion of Alice (Houghton Mifflin 1995) and Map of Ireland (Scribner 2008). Her work has received many grants and awards, including a Rona Jaffee Foundation Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein Award and an NEA... [More]

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202-885-2963
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Lindsey Green-Simms

Lindsey Green-Simms

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Assistant Professor

Lindsey Green-Simms’ teaching and research focuses on African and post-colonial film and literature. Her particular interests include globalization, technology, gender and sexuality studies, and Nollywood video-film production. Professor Green-Simms’... [More]

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202-885-6466
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John Hyman

John Hyman

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Dir. College Writing Program & Writing Center

John Hyman began teaching at American University in 1986. He has won several teaching awards and was recognized for outstanding service to the university community in 2000. He has directed the Writing Center since 1993, and in 2000 became the directo... [More]

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202-885-3911
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Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson

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Senior Professorial Lecturer

Leah Johnson holds an MA in Literature from American University and an MA in Music from The University of Connecticut. She has been teaching in the Department of Literature since 1996. In previous incarnations, Professor Johnson has been a staff repo... [More]

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202-885-2947
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Patrick Joyner

Patrick Joyner

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Senior Professorial Lecturer

Kelly Joyner began teaching at American University in 2000. His courses have thematic links to psychology, film and photography, and history. Lately, he’s most interested in linguistics, film, and the convergence of history and film. He’s a product o... [More]

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202-885-2980
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Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki

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Associate Professor

Professor Kakoudaki teaches interdisciplinary courses in literature and film, visual culture, and the history of technology and new media. Her interests include cultural studies, science fiction, apocalyptic narratives, and the representation of race... [More]

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202-885-2796
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David Keplinger

David Keplinger

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Associate Professor

David Keplinger is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Most Natural Thing (2013) and The Prayers of Others (2006) , which won the Colorado Book Award. His first collection, The Rose Inside, was chosen by the poet Mary Oliver f... [More]

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202-885-2748
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Keith Leonard

Keith Leonard

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Associate Professor

Author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights, Keith D Leonard did his master's in English at UNC Chapel and his PhD at Stanford.His publications, presentations, and courses have revolved around his study of... [More]

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202-885-2961
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Jonathan Loesberg

Jonathan Loesberg

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Chair, Department of Literature

Professor Loesberg has written three books, Fictions of Consciousness: Mill, Newman and the Reading of Victorian Prose; Aestheticism and Deconstruction: Pater, Derrida, and De Man; and A Return to Aesthetics: Autonomy, Indifference, and Postmodernism... [More]

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202-885-2998
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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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202-885-3796
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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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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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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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202-885-2996
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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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Chet'la Sebree

Chet'la Sebree

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Adjunct Instructor

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202-885-2972
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Richard Sha

Richard Sha

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Professor

Professor Sha teaches courses in Nineteenth-Century Literature, especially British Romanticism, and in Asian American Literature. He also team teaches a course on Literature and Science with Nathan Harshman in physics. He is currently writing a book ... [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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202-885-8955
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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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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 creative work has been published in Brain, Child, Huffington Post, Tampa Review, and other litera... [More]

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202-885-6523
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