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Janet Auten

Rhetoric, dialogic approaches to teacher response and the effect of electronic environments on teachers’ and students’ writing



Cynthia Bair Van Dam

Political rhetoric, children’s literature, and composition theory



Amanda Berry

Early Modern literature and culture, Milton, relationship between literary texts, history, and other cultural phenomena



Fiona Brideoake

British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, Bluestocking feminism, queer historiography, Jane Austen, sociability and material culture, and eighteenth-century Shakespearean editing



Edward Comstock

Applications of the philosophy of Michel Foucault to education



Charles Cox

Composition, drama, and the cultural roles of popular genre



Kyle Dargan

Poetry



Erik Dussere

Postmodern fiction



Danielle Evans

Contemporary and African-American Literature



Lydia Fettig

Modern and post-modern literature, issues involving social and economic disparities, deviance, and the American criminal justice system



Deborah Fisk

Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century theatre, theatre history, performance theory, Shakespeare in performance, dramaturgy



Caimeen Garrett

Epistolary fiction, Newgate/sensation novels, the governess novel, and contemporary fiction



John Hyman

Teaching of writing, popular culture, Beat Generation writers



Catherine Johnson

Environmentalism and food, economics and consumerism, and philosophies of living



Patrick Joyner

Psychology of deceit in politics, sports, academia, and the entertainment industry



Despina Kakoudaki

Cultural studies, science fiction, apocalyptic narratives, and the representation of race and gender in literature and film




Keith Leonard

African American poetry and poetics, African Americans artists in Paris, jazz in African American culture, and the conception of love, sexuality, and family as political ideals by black writers



Jonathan Loesberg

Victorian literature, the novel, literary theory, and the connections between literature and philosophy



Caron Martinez

Group dynamics, patriotism, teaching of writing



Richard McCann

Creative writing (fiction and memoir), artist colonies, art funding, organ (liver) transplantation, ethical issues and patient perspective, homosexuality and literature, AIDS and literature



Madhavi Menon

Literary theory, especially queer theory



Jeffrey Middents

Latin American cinema, transnational cinema, short films, Auteur and star studies, metafiction/metafilm, 20th century Latin American fiction



Glenn Moomau

Politics and aesthetics of prose narrative, service learning theory, and charter school pedagogy



Marianne Noble

American literature, culture studies, and gender studies, with a particular emphasis on the construction of sexuality in nineteenth-century American women’s literature



Kristina Oakes

Creation of the self in writing and the exploration of how writing unlocks the inner psyche



David Pike

Urban culture, European and Canadian cinema, film noir, modernism, Dante, Roman literature, and the novel



Tom Ratekin

British, American, and world literature, postmodernism, literary theory, psychoanalysis, genre studies and the memoir



Patricia Reichler

The tradition and language of nonviolent resistance movements



Roberta Rubenstein

Modernist fiction, literature by Modernist and contemporary women writers, and feminist literary theory



Richard Sha

British romanticism; emotion and affect theory; theories of matter and materiality; history of science; the imagination; science and literature



Anita Sherman

Renaissance literature, Shakespeare



Linda Voris

Twentieth-century American and British literature, the intellectual history of modernism and its relation to the visual arts, contemporary lyrical and experimental poetry



Katherine Wilson

Medieval literature, 15th century British drama, classical rhetoric, composition theory, and the “literature of food”



Lacey Wootton-Don

Students’ movement into academic discourse conventions, research literacy, and faculty mentoring