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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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Arielle Bernstein

Arielle Bernstein

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Instructor

ARIELLE BERNSTEIN'S writing has been published in The Rumpus, The Millions, The Nervous Breakdown, PANK Magazine, St. Petersburg Review and IndieWire, among other publications. Her interests include gender studies, media studies, literary journalism,... [More]

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Amanda Berry

Amanda Berry

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Assistant Professor

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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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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 of... [More]

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Amanda Choutka

Amanda Choutka

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Writing 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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John Hoskins

John Hoskins

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Instructor



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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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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Patrick Joyner

Patrick Joyner

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Senior Professorial Lecturer

Patrick Kelly Joyner began teaching at American University in 2000. His College Writing courses have thematic links to history, linguistics, psychology, and film. He has presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication ("4Cs") on... [More]

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Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki

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Associate Professor and Director, Humanities Lab

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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David Keplinger

David Keplinger

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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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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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Jonathan Loesberg

Jonathan Loesberg

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Professor

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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