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Faculty and Staff

  • Shaffer, Jason

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

  • Flynn, Michael

    CDR, USN Associate Chair, 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

  • 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

  • Ciobanu, Calina

    Assistant Professor M.A. and Ph.D., Duke University, in English, Certificate in Feminist Studies M.Phil., Cambridge University, in English A.B., Harvard University, in English and American Literature and Language
    Research Interests
    Contemporary Anglophone literature, 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

    Associate 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

  • 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

  • Fitzgerald, Jill

    Assistant Professor, Senior Academic Advisor 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

  • 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

  • Garrow, Philip

    LCDR, USN Junior Permanent Military Professor M.A. (English), University of Maryland College Park M.A. (National Security & Strategic Studies), U.S. Naval War College M.A. (International Relations), Salve Regina University B.A. (Political Science), Tulane University
    Research Interests
    American Political Diction, Epideictic Rhetoric and Funeral Oration, Autobiographic Composition Strategies, Naval Professional Writing, Graphic Novels and Comic Book Storytelling

  • 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 (Retired) 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

  • 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

  • Major, Michael

    LCDR, USN Instructor M.A. (Communication & Multimedia), Saginaw Valley State University M.Ed. (Educational Leadership), Saginaw Valley State University B.A. (French), Saginaw Valley State University
    Research Interests
    Organizational Communication, Technical Communication, Human Resource Management


  • Melville, Greg

    LT, USN Instructor M.A. (Journalism) Pennsylvania State University B.A. (English) Kenyon College
    Research Interests
    Narrative nonfiction

  • 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, Popular Culture Studies

  • Morrissey, Kristine

    Adjunct Instructor Foreign Service Institute, languages M.A. (English) American University B.S. (English) James Madison University
    Research Interests
    Languages, Literary and Cultural Studies, Latin American Regional Studies/Literature


  • Parker, Michael P.

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

  • Poynor, David

    LT, USN Instructor M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina M.A., English: Composition and Rhetoric, University of South Carolina B.A., Psychology (with English Second Teaching Field), Wheaton College (IL)

  • Ryan, John

    LCDR, USN 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

  • Schrodt, Melissa

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

  • Senoyuit, Mary

    LT, USN Instructor M.A. University of Maryland B.S. United States Naval Academy
    Research Interests
    Early American Literature, Formations of National Identities, Anxieties of the Early Republic, Charles Brockden Brown, the American Gothic

  • Solmonson, Joy

    Adjunct 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

  • Uchida, Nicole

    LT, USN Instructor M.A., Georgetown University B.S., United States Naval Academy
    Research Interests
    War Literature, Trauma Studies, Writing Pedagogy

  • Ward, Thomas

    Associate 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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