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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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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 , (

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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

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Michael Burgtorf Sr. Administrative Assistant 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

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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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Edward Comstock Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Edward Comstock holds a Ph.D. 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 psycho

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Charles Cox Senior 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

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Angela Dadak International Student Coordinator 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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Kyle Dargan Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Kyle G. Dargan is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently HONEST ENGINE (UGA, 2015) and LOGORRHEA DEMENTIA (UGA,2010). His debut, THE LISTENING (UGA 2004), won the 2003 Cave Canem Priz

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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

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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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Dustin Friedman Assistant Professor CAS - Literature

Dustin Friedman teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature, LGBT Studies, and Gender Studies. His areas of interest include Victorian aestheticism and decadence, the history of sexuality

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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David Keplinger Professor CAS - Literature

David Keplinger is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Another City (2018), The Most Natural Thing (2013) and The Prayers of Others (2006) , which won the Colorado Book Award. His

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Keith Leonard Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights, Keith D Leonard did his master's in English at UNC Chapel and his PhD at Stanford.His publications, presentati

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Jonathan Loesberg Prof Emeritus

Professor Loesberg has written three books, Fictions of Consciousness: Mill, Newman and the Reading of Victorian Prose; Aestheticism and Deconstruction: Pater, Derrida, and De Man; and A Return to Aes

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