Faculty Expertise

Crystal Anderson

  • 20th-century American literature
  • American studies
  • Comparative ethnic studies (African American, Asian and Asian American, especially literature, visual culture
          and popular culture)
  • Speculative studies (science fiction, detective fiction and mystery in literature and film)
  • Asian film (especially Hong Kong film)
  • Orientalism
  • Modernism
  • Afro-Asian cultural studies

Kevin Bourque

  • Eighteenth-century British literature
  • Queer theory and the history of sexuality
  • Popular and material culture
  • Narrative theory
  • The history of the book
  • Editorial practice and theory
  • Enlightenment philosophy
  • Affect theory and the history of emotion
  • Celebrity culture and cults of personality

Kevin Boyle

  •  Poetry writing
  •  Irish literature
  •  Contemporary poetry
  •  Latin American Literature

Barbara Gordon

  • Quantitative Research in Composition Studies
  • First-year Composition Theory and Practice
  • Writing Program Administration including Writing Centers and Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Medical Writing
  • Interdisciplinary Pedagogy
  • Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Zen Practice

Eric Ashley Hairston

  • American literature - colonial through 1945
  • Genres (the romance, the novel, epic poetry)
  • African-American literature
  • Classical literature
  • Asian-American literature
  • Law and literature
  • Southern literature
  • American political writing
  • Studies in global empires and imperialism
  • Authors: Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Dante, Wheatley, DuBois, Douglass, Faulkner
  • Authors of the Harlem Renaissance

Rosemary Haskell

  • 18th-century literature and culture (British and European)
  • Colonial literature and culture (former British colonies: Caribbean, Indian and some African countries)
  • Topic of imperialism, generally, in literature
  • Authors: Jane Austen, George Orwell, Daniel Defoe
  • Novel as a genre

Megan Isaac, Department Chair

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance literature and drama
  • Children's literature
  • Young adult literature

Cassie Kircher

  • Writing nonfiction
  • Literary nonfiction
  • The personal essay
  • Studying nonfiction, specifically travel writing, nature writing, environmental literature and women writers
  • Literature and London
  • Literature of place
  • The relationship between nonfiction and fiction
  • Poetry and nonfiction

Prudence Layne

  • African-American literature - 20th century
  • Caribbean literature
  • Post-colonial literature and theory
  • Women’s and gender studies
  • Hybridity
  • Confinement literature

Steven Lessner

  • First-Year Writing as Intellectual Space
  • Gender, Race, and Intellectual Work in Rhetoric and Writing
  • Invention in Writing
  • Composition Theory, Pedagogy, and Research
  • African American Rhetoric
  • Writing Program Administration (WPA) Studies
  • Writing Studies
  • Hip Hop Pedagogies and Literacies
  • Students' Right To Their Own Language Movement
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Theories of the Organic Intellectual

Kathy Lyday

  • Any language topic: dialect study, linguistics, history of the language, grammar, etc.
  • Appalachian literature
  • Literature of the Holocaust

Jessie Moore

  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • Second-language writing - research, theory, pedagogy
  • Composition Studies - research, theory, pedagogy, writing centers, WAC
  • Rhetoric - history and theory
  • Intersections of any of the above
  • Holocaust literature

Janet Myers

  • 19th- and 20th-century British literature
  • Victorian cultural studies
  • Colonial and post-colonial literature
  • Emigration literature
  • Novel as genre
  • Women's literature
  • Feminist theory

Paula Patch

  • Composition Pedagogy
  • Grammar

Tim Peeples

  • Rhetoric theory
  • Rhetorical history
  • Connections between professional writing and rhetoric
  • Visual rhetoric and document design
  • Ethics and writing
  • Collaboration and publications management
  • Teaching composition
  • Critical theory deconstruction
  • Critical theory postmodernism
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural studies

Drew Perry

  • Fiction writing
  • Southern literature
  • American novel
  • American short stories
  • Anti-hero in literature
  • Postmodern fiction
  • "K-Mart" realism
  • Ancient Chinese and Japanese poetry (in translation)
  • Landscape and place in literature
  • American poetics
  • Cross-genre writing
  • Ideas of craft in writing
  • Literary magazines and journals

Rebecca Pope-Ruark

  • Rhetorical aspects of marketing
  • Marketing communications
  • Business communication
  • Publishing and publication design/management (usually as related to marketing)
  • Writing in workplaces and organizations
  • Organizational ethnography
  • Classical rhetoric

Scott Proudfit

  • 20th-century drama/theatre/performance (American, European, British)
  • 20th-century American literature
  • Early Modern drama/theatre (especially Shakespeare)
  • Performance theory
  • Dramatic criticism
  • Directing/Acting (Viewpoints/Composition, commedia)
  • Post-colonial theory and literature
  • Structuralist/Poststructuralist theory
  • Collective writing and theories of authorship
  • Postmodern theory and criticism

Kim Pyne

  • Pedagogy of English Studies
  • Adolescent literacy
  • Social foundations of secondary education
  • Critical multiculturalism (power, ideology and equity in education)
  • Critical & culturally responsive pedagogies
  • College access/success studies
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Holocaust literature
  • 19th & 20th century Irish literature
  • Speculative fiction (Literature of the Fantastic)
  • Wildlife conservation, behavior, husbandry
  • And intersections of the above

 Tita Ramirez

  • Fiction writing
  • Hispanic-American writers

Paula Rosinski

  • Rhetoric theory
  • Connections between professional writing and rhetoric
  • Digital rhetoric
  • Multimedia studies
  • Writing Center theory and practice
  • Composition studies/theory/teaching
  • Science fiction as cultural studies
  • Cyberculture studies

Jean Schwind

  • American literature, especially late 19th to early 20th-century fiction
  • Interdisciplinary studies of American literature and culture
  • Native American literature
  • Canadian literature

Victoria Shropshire

  • Screenplays
  • Teleplays
  • Historical fiction writing
  • Memoir writing
  • Creative writing consulting
  • Teaching of composition

Janet Warman

  • American Literature, 19th and 20th century
  • British Literature, 19th and 20th century
  • Irish Literature
  • Modernism
  • Poetry as Genre
  • Writing Poetry
  • Feminist Criticism
  • Formalist Criticism
  • Pedagogy in English Studies