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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

  cbair@american.edu

  (202) 885-2983

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

  arielle@american.edu

  (202) 885-3730

Amanda Berry Assistant Professor CAS - Literature

Amanda Berry’s articles and essays include “desire vomit emptiness: Cymbeline’s Marriage Time,” Shakesqueer (ed. Madhavi Menon 2010); “The Altar of the Dead,” The Critical Companion to Henry James , (

  aberry@american.edu

  (202) 885-2960

Andrew Bertaina Adjunct Professorial Lecturer 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. His creative work has appeared in many publication

  bertaina@american.edu

  (202) 885-6784

Fiona Brideoake Assistant Professor CAS - Literature

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 Aus

  fbride@american.edu

  (202) 885-2998

Maya Brown Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Maya grew up in Seattle, Washington and the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific. Technically a 7th generation Vermonter, she reluctantly moved to Vermont as a high schooler. Maya studied anthropolog

  mayab@american.edu

  (202) 885-2829

Danielle Bryant Adjunct Instructor CAS - Literature

Rae Bryant is the author of the short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press). Her stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in print and online at The Paris Review

  db3765a@american.edu

  (202) 885-2938

Michael Burgtorf Adjunct Instructor CAS - Literature

Mike joined the AU staff in 2014 as the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Literature. A 2008 and 2018 alumnus of the university, he has worked throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metro Are

  burgtorf@american.edu

  (202) 885-2908

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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

  cabot@american.edu

  (202) 885-6524

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

  choutka@american.edu

  (202) 885-3618

Edward Comstock Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Edward Comstock holds a PhD from American University's School of Education, Teaching, and Health, as well as an MA in Literature. At the intersection of rhetoric, writing studies, educational psycholo

  ecomst@american.edu

  (202) 885-2975

Charles Cox Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Chuck Cox joined AU’s faculty in 1998, as part of the Writing Studies Program, where he teaches the full range of first-year writing courses. His writing seminars typically use pop culture to explore

  ccox@american.edu

  (202) 885-2909

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Angela Dadak International Student Coordinator CAS - Literature

In her position with American University's Writing Studies Program, Angela Dadak primarily works with international and multilingual students adjusting to US academic work and with the writing faculty

  adadak@american.edu

  (202) 885-2915

Kyle Dargan Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Kyle G. Dargan is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently ANAGNORISIS (Northwestern, 2018), HONEST ENGINE (UGA, 2015) and LOGORRHEA DEMENTIA (UGA,2010). His debut, THE LISTENING (UGA 2

  kyle.dargan@american.edu

  (202) 885-2933

Erik Dussere Associate Professor CAS - Literature

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 nov

  dussere@american.edu

  (202) 885-2428

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Lydia Fettig Hurst Sr 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

  fettig@american.edu

  (202) 885-6347

Dustin Friedman Assistant Professor CAS - Literature

Dustin Friedman teaches courses in Victorian literature and LGBTQ studies. His areas of interest include queer theory, the history and theory of aesthetics, and global nineteenth-century writing. His

  dustinfr@american.edu

  (202) 885-2963

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Caimeen Garrett Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Caimeen Garrett has an MFA in Fiction from Syracuse University, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Her academic interests include crime writing, the Lindbergh kidnapping, epi

  cgarrett@american.edu

  (202) 885-3796

Stephanie Grant Assistant Professor CAS - Literature

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 Foun

  sgrant@american.edu

  (202) 885-2930

Neisha-Anne Green Director, Academic Student Services Writing Center 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

  ngreen@american.edu

  (202) 885-2392

Lindsey Green-Simms Associate Professor CAS - Literature

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 Nolly

  lgs@american.edu

  (202) 885-2901

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Chelsea Horne Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Chelsea Leigh Horne writes fiction, poetry, and essays. Her stories have twice won the Andrew Bergman award in Creative Writing and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, LitHub, The Pater

  horne@american.edu

  (202) 885-2825

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Leah Johnson Assistant Prof Emerita

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 inc

  (202) 885-2947

Patrick Joyner Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Patrick Kelly Joyner began teaching at American University in 2000. His writing courses have thematic links to history, linguistics, psychology, and film. He has presented at the Conference on College

  pjoyner@american.edu

  (202) 885-2980

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Despina Kakoudaki Associate Professor and Director, Humanities Lab CAS - Literature

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, apoc

  kakoudak@american.edu

  (202) 885-2796

David Keplinger Professor CAS - Literature

David Keplinger is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Another City (Milkweed, 2018), which was awarded 2019 UNT Rilke Prize. Among his other collections are The Most Natural Thing

  keplinge@american.edu

  (202) 885-2748

Kelsey Ann Kerr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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. She has received scholarships

  kkerr@american.edu

George Koors Adjunct Instructor University Library

George received his Masters in English from Truman State University in 2014 and his MLIS from The Catholic University of America in 2017. In 2015, he published his first novel Always the Wanderer. He

  gkoors@american.edu

  (202) 885-3241

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Keith Leonard Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Keith D Leonard is the author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights. His publications, presentations, and courses have revolved around his study of politica

  kdl@american.edu

  (202) 885-2961