English Department
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Faculty and Staff


  • Ryan, John

    LCDR, USN Associate Chair, Junior Permanent Military Professor M.A., Catholic University of America B.S., United States Naval Academy
    Research Interests
    Human behavior, stress management, and the influence of exercise in the improvement of long term cognitive change

  • Allen-Emerson, Michelle

    Professor Ph.D., University of Virginia B.A., University of the South, Sewanee
    Research Interests
    Victorian sanitary reform, the city and modernity, Victorian visual culture, nineteenth-century periodicals and print culture, Dickens

  • Beckman, John A.

    Professor Ph.D.,University of California, Davis M.A. (Creative Writing), University of California, Davis B.A., University of Iowa
    Research Interests
    American Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Theory

  • Booth, Allyson A.

    Professor Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania B.A., Yale College
    Research Interests
    Modern and Contemporary British Literature, Poetry

  • Chao, Noelle

    Adjunct Instructor Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
    Research Interests
    Eighteenth-century British Literature

  • Ciobanu, Calina

    Assistant Professor Ph.D. (English), Duke University M.A. (English), Duke University M.Phil. (English), Cambridge University A.B. (English and American Literature and Language), Harvard University
    Research Interests
    The contemporary Anglophone novel, feminist studies, postcolonial theory, human-animal studies, critical theory

  • Clark, Audrey Wu

    Associate Professor Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley A.B., Cornell University
    Research Interests
    Asian American Literature, African American Literature, Multi-Ethnic Literature, Twentieth-Century American Literature, Critical Race Theory

  • Comet, Noah

    Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles M.A., New York University B.A., Miami University of Ohio
    Research Interests
    British Romanticism, poetry and poetics, gender, classical reception studies, film, creative writing, and the digital humanities.

  • Cone, Temple

    Professor, Honors Advisor, VGEP Advisor Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison M.F.A. (Creative Writing), University of Virginia M.A. (Creative Writing), Hollins University B.A., Washington and Lee University
    Research Interests
    Ecocriticism, contemporary poetry, creative writing

  • De Anda, Ram

    Maj, USMC Senior Instructor M.Ed., Park University B.A., Northwood University
    Research Interests
    Postsecondary and adult education, literature of war, U.S. Marine Corps history, applied warfare

  • Drew, Anne Marie

    Professor Ph.D., Ohio State University M.A., John Carroll University B.A., Baldwin Wallace College, English and Theatre
    Research Interests
    Shakespeare, Drama

  • Fermo, Deborah

    CDR, USNR Master Instructor M.A. Liberal Arts, St. John’s College B.S., U.S. Naval Academy
    Research Interests
    Core Curriculum, Afghan Literature, Professional Writing

  • Fitzgerald, Jill

    Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign M.A., St. Louis University B.A., Gonzaga University
    Research Interests
    Old and Middle English literature, Old Norse-Icelandic literature, History of the English Language

  • Fleming, Bruce E.

    Professor Ph.D., Vanderbilt University M.A., University of Chicago B.A., Haverford College
    Research Interests
    Modernism, creative writing, usable philosophy

  • Flynn, Michael

    CDR, USN Permanent Military Professor Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin M.A., University of Maryland, College Park B.S., United States Naval Academy
    Research Interests
    Trauma Studies, Latin American Literature, War Literature, Psychoanalytic Criticism

  • Garcia-Crespo, Naida

    Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign B.A., University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
    Research Interests
    Latino/a Film and Literature, Caribbean Film and Literature, Anglophone Film and Literature, Transnationalism, Film History

  • Geigner, Megan

    Assistant Professor Ph.D. (Theater and Drama), Northwestern University M.A. (Theater and Drama), Northwestern University M.A. (Liberal Studies), Reed College M.A. (Theater Studies), Illinois State B.S. (Theater), Illinois State
    Research Interests
    Immigrant Theater and Performance, World's Fairs, Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century American Drama, Citizenship, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Critical Race Theory

  • Gilliland, C. Herbert

    Professor Graduate U.S. Naval War College, College of Naval Command & Staff Ph.D., University of Florida M.A. (Theatre), University of Florida B.A., University of Florida
    Research Interests
    Renaissance, biography, naval and sea literature, drama, science fiction

  • Handley, Derek

    CDR, USN Master Instructor M.F.A. (Creative Writing), University of Pittsburgh M.A., Carnegie Mellon University B.A., Hampton University
    Research Interests
    African-American rhetoric, literature and culture; African Diaspora Studies; contemporary rhetorical theory; rhetorical education, and creative writing

  • Kotarek, Emily Alianello

    Adjunct Instructor M.A., Catholic University
    Research Interests
    Early Modern Literature

  • Mace, Nancy A.

    Professor Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University M.A., Bucknell University A.B., Smith College
    Research Interests
    Henry Fielding, eighteenth-century British novel and theatre, publishing history, eighteenth-century music publishing

  • Moore, Marlon

    Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Florida B.A., University of North Florida (Honors)
    Research Interests
    African American Literature, LGBT fiction, Southern Culture Studies, African American Humanism


  • O'Brien, Timothy

    Professor Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
    Research Interests
    Robert Frost, Middle English Literature, Satire

  • Parker, Michael P.

    Professor Ph.D., Yale University M.Phil., Yale University M.A., Yale University B.A., Yale College
    Research Interests
    Seventeenth-century poetry, Annapolis and Naval Academy history, literature of death and dying

  • Schrodt, Melissa

    LT, USN Instructor M.A., University of Maryland B.A., United States Naval Academy
    Research Interests
    British imperialism, postcolonial literature, Victorian literature

  • Shaffer, Thomas J.

    Professor, Senior Academic Advisor Ph.D., Yale University B.A., Washington and Lee University
    Research Interests
    Drama, Shakespeare, Early American Literature, Graphic Novel and Comics, Horror

  • Solmonson, Joy

    LT, USN Instructor Cert., Creative Writing, University of California, Los Angeles M.A., Humanities: Cultural Studies, Mount St. Mary's College B.S., United States Naval Academy
    Research Interests
    Creative Writing, Gothic Literature, Young Adult Literature, Drama

  • Stanlake, Christy L

    Professor Ph.D. (Theatre-Criticism, Literature, and History), Ohio State University M.A. (Theatre-Criticism, Literature, and History), University of Oklahoma B.B.S., Hardin-Simmons University
    Research Interests
    Theatrical theories, literature, and history; Native American studies, literature, literary theories, and cultural theories; new play development; text into performance; directing; theatre for social change; documentary theatre

  • Suess, Jarrod

    LT, USN Instructor M.A., Georgetown University B.A., University of San Diego
    Research Interests
    Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, War Literature

  • Ward, Thomas

    Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania B.A., Davidson College
    Research Interests
    Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry, literature and sound, material culture, history of reading, Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser
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