Literature Faculty and Staff (M-Z)

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Mary Markakis Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Mary Markakis earned a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Literature from George Mason University, and an MFA in Writing from George Mason University. She’s

Sarah Marsh Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Marsh is appointed jointly in AU's Department of Literature and Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies, where she teaches courses in eighteenth-century literature and culture.

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Jocelyn McCarthy Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Jocelyn McCarthy teaches in the Writing Studies Program, and writes fiction and nonfiction. She received her BA in English from Cornell University and her MFA in Creative Writing from American Univers

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Heather McDonald Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Heather A. McDonald has taught in the Writing Studies Program since 2006. She's interested in the overlap of creative writing and composition pedagogies; empathy and gratitude in pedagogy; craft/DIY p

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Jeffrey Middents Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Jeffrey Middents studies and teaches film and world literature at American University in Washington, DC, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the present. He received h

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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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Marianne Noble Professor CAS - Literature

Professor Noble's teaching and research interests include American literature, intimacy and the emotions, and philosophical approaches to literature. She is the author of Rethinking Sympathy and Human

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Kristina Oakes Sr 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 Park Assistant Professor CAS - Literature

Patricia Park is the author of the novel Re Jane (Viking/Penguin, 2015), named The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and American Library Association’s Best Books of 2015. Her nonfiction has

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Deborah C. Payne Associate Professor CAS - Literature

An expert on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century theatre, Professor Payne has published on topics ranging from the Restoration actress to baroque opera. She is the editor of “The Cambridge Companion t

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Dolen Perkins-Valdez Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the New York Times bestselling author of two novels: Wench and Balm. *USA Today* called Wench "deeply moving" and "beautifully written." *People* called it "a devastatingly bea

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David Pike Professor CAS - Literature

Professor Pike is Chair of the Department of Literature (June 2016-May 2022). His most recent book is Cold War Culture in the 1960s and 1980s: The Bunkered Decades (Oxford UP, out in November). He is

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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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Roberta Rubenstein Prof Emerita

Professor Rubenstein's primary teaching interests include literary Modernism (fiction), women writers (specialties: Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison), 19th century Russian

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Melissa Scholes Young Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Melissa Scholes Young is the author of the novels The Hive and Flood, and editor of Grace in Darkness and Furious Gravity, two anthologies by women writers. She is a contributing editor at Fiction Wri

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Richard C. Sha Professor CAS - Literature

Professor Sha is the author of three books, the latest of which is Imagination and Science in Romanticism (Johns Hopkins, 2018). This book won the 2018 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for the best book p

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Anita Sherman Professor CAS - Literature

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 Sha

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Kathleen Smith Assistant Professor CAS - Literature

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

Rachel Louise Snyder Professor CAS - Literature

Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of the nonfiction books Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade and No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About D

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Peter Starr Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer CAS - Dean's Office

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,

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Shannon Strohl Adjunct Instructor

Shannon's work focuses on religion, science, and horror in 19th-century literature. She has presented at a variety of conferences and is currently working on articles on Bram Stoker and Richard Marsh.

Mary Switalski Sr 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 Sr 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 recently appeared in the a

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Alison Thomas Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Alison Thomas has taught at AU since 2005, and has offered courses in the Department of Literature and in the American Studies Program. Her research focuses on information literacy and the teaching o

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Sarah Trembath Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Trembath is an editor, writer, and educator. She has been teaching since 1998 and joined the AU faculty in 2014. Her written work has appeared in Radical Teacher, the Santa Fe Writer’s Project Q

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Emine Uzun DeLaitsch ELTA Part Time Instruction CAS - Literature

Emine Uzun DeLaitsch has 10 years of experience teaching ESL/EFL in Turkey and the US. She has been teaching international students at AU since 2016. Emine is eager to help her students navigate the e

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Linda Voris Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Professor Voris’s teaching and research interests include 20th century American and British literature, the intellectual history of modernism and its relation to the visual arts, as well as contempora

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Sara Wilson Adjunct Instructor CAS - Literature

Sara Wilson is a scholar of twentieth-century American poetry and poetics. Her work focuses on the transpacific poetics of Asian American and Beat writers. Her current research project examines how wh

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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Li (Lily) Wong Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Lily Wong is an Associate Professor in the departments of Literature (LIT) and Critical Race Gender and Culture Studies (CRGC) and serves as a Faculty Affiliate of the Antiracist Research and Policy C

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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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