Literature Faculty

Janet Auten CAS - Literature

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 Gree

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Cynthia Bair Van Dam Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Cindy Bair Van Dam is a compositionist who joined the Department of Literature faculty in 1995. In addition to teaching in the Writing Studies Program, Cindy is also the Chair of the AU Core Committee

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Arielle Bernstein Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Arielle Bernstein is a writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, The AV Club, and The Rumpus, among other publications. Her research interests include cre

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Andrew Bertaina Adjunct Instructor University Library

Andrew Bertaina is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Literature. He graduated with his MFA in creative writing from American University.

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Michael Cabot Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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 techn

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Amanda Choutka Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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 fa

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Charles Cox Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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 scholarly interests include composition/rhetor

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Angela Dadak Adjunct Instructor CAS - Literature

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 stu

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Lydia Fettig Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Lydia Morris Fettig spent her early life in coastal Connecticut and upstate New York before migrating west to Oregon to complete her undergraduate work in social science at Reed College and Portland S

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Caimeen Garrett Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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 sto

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Neisha-Anne Green Writing Center Director CAS - Literature

Academic Interests: Social Justice Pedagogy, Writing Center Theory and Practice, Writing Center Tutor Education What began as volunteer work has blossomed into passion for Neisha-Anne. Outside of he

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Hunter Hoskins Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Teaching Rhetoric since 2004, Hunter Hoskins joined the AU College Writing faculty in 2013, after having taught at the University of Georgia, Marymount University, and Lander University. His teaching

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Patrick Joyner Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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

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Kelsey Ann Kerr Adjunct Instructor

Kelsey Ann Kerr holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Maryland. She earned her bachelor's in studio art and English - creative writing from Denison University. Her work can be found, or is

Nancy Kidder Adjunct Instructor

Nancy Kidder is a graduate of Duke University and received her MFA in creative nonfiction from American University in Washington, DC, where she currently teaches writing. In Spring 2017, she taught tw

Sarah Marsh Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Marsh holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA and PhD in British literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her teaching interests include multi

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Jocelyn McCarthy Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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 pro

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Glenn Moomau Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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

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Michael Moreno Adjunct Instructor CAS - Literature

Michael A. Moreno is a Washington, DC-based writer. He teaches college writing at American University and teaches college, research and business writing at the University of Maryland University Colleg

Kristina Oakes Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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 Centra

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Patricia Reichler Adjunct Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Trisha Reichler joined the College Writing faculty in 2003. Her primary areas of interest are post-modernist literature and the writings of emerging, intersectional resistance movements.

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Mary Switalski Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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 tau

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Adam Tamashasky Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

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

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Alison Thomas Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Alison Thomas earned a BA in English and Spanish from Cornell University. She completed her MFA in creative writing at American University and writes short fiction and non-fiction essays. She has taug

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Katherine Wilson Associate Chair, Literature CAS - Literature

Kate Wilson double-majored in music and English at Stanford University and holds an MA in Medieval Studies and PhD in English from The Catholic University of America. Her research interests include me

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Lacey Wootton Director, Writing Studies Program CAS - Literature

Lacey Wootton completed her MA in Literature at AU in 1999 and has taught in the Writing Studies Program since then. Prior to her time at AU, she earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley, worked in p

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Melissa Young Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Melissa Scholes Young is a writer and a teacher. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Ploughshares, Narrative, Poets & Writers, Brain, Child, Huffington Post, Poet Lore, and o

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