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

  markakis@american.edu

Sarah Marsh Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Marsh is a scholar of medical humanities who joined AU's Department of Literature in 2015, and the Critical Race and Gender Studies Collaborative in 2019. Dr. Marsh holds an MFA in poetry from t

  marsh@american.edu

  (202) 885-2984

Richard McCann Prof Emeritus

Professor McCann is the author, most recently, of Mother of Sorrows (Vintage, 2006), a collection of linked stories that Michael Cunningham has described as 'almost unbearably beautiful'; He is also t

  (202) 885-2978

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

  mccarthy@american.edu

  (202) 885-8942

Heather McDonald Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Heather A. McDonald's scholarly interests include transference between creative writing and composition pedagogies; empathy and gratitude in pedagogy; craft/DIY production; first-year composition; and

  hmcdonal@american.edu

  (202) 885-8930

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

  middents@american.edu

  (202) 885-2979

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

  gmoomau@american.edu

  (202) 885-2924

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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

  mnoble@american.edu

  (202) 885-2988

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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

  oakes@american.edu

  (202) 885-6364

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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

  ppark@american.edu

  (202) 885-3911

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

  dcpayne@american.edu

  (202) 885-2997

Dolen Perkins-Valdez Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. *USA Today* called the book "deeply moving" and "beautifully written." *People* called it "a devastatingly beautiful a

  perkinsv@american.edu

  (202) 885-2978

David Pike Department Chair, Literature CAS - Literature

Professor Pike is Chair of the Department of Literature (June 2016-May 2021). His most recent book is Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World (U of Toronto P, 2012). He is the autho

  dpike@american.edu

  (202) 885-2996

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Roberta Rubenstein Professor CAS - Literature

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

  rubenst@american.edu

  (202) 885-2993

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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

  rcsha@american.edu

  (202) 885-2928

Anita Sherman Associate 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

  asherm@american.edu

  (202) 885-2985

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

  kathlees@american.edu

Rachel Louise Snyder Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Rachel Louise Snyder is a writer, professor and public radio commentator. Her first book Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade was published in 200

  (202) 885-8955

Peter Starr Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 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,

  pstarr@american.edu

  (202) 885-2446

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.

  szellars@american.edu

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

  switalsk@american.edu

  (202) 885-3638

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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 D

  adam.tamashasky@american.edu

  (202) 885-8933

Alison Thomas Hurst Sr 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

  athomas@american.edu

  (202) 885-8945

Sarah Trembath Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Trembath is an editor, writer, and educator. She has been teaching college-level composition since 2008 and joined the AU faculty in 2014. Her work has appeared in the Santa Fe Writer’s Project

  trembath@american.edu

  (202) 885-1456

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Emine Uzun Delaitsch Instructor 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

  eud@american.edu

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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

  voris@american.edu

  (202) 885-2930

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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

  kwilson@american.edu

  (202) 885-3917

Li (Lily) Wong Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Lily Wong received her PhD in Comparative Literature at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the politics of affect/emotion, gender/sexuality, comparative race, as well as

  wong@american.edu

  (202) 885-2987

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

  lwoott@american.edu

  (202) 885-2982

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Melissa Young Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Melissa Scholes Young is the author of the novel Flood, winner of the Literary Fiction Category for the 2017 Best Book Award. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Huffington Post

  msyoung@american.edu

  (202) 885-6523

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