Welcome to the English Department

We offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees. Our courses span the range of American and English literature and writing studies, with particular expertise in American and transatlantic literatures (early and contemporary), writing studies, and digital humanities.  Our faculty are also involved in research and teaching in African-American Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Please use the links on this page and the Chair’s Welcome to learn more about our people, programs, and opportunities.

Department News

Associate Prof. Mya Poe, Cara Marta Messina (PhD ’21), & Cherice Jones (PhD ’24) win Research Initiative grant from CCCC

Associate Professor of English Mya Poe, PhD candidate Cara Marta Messina, and PhD student Cherice Jones have won a Research Initiative grant from the Conference on College Composition and Communication for “Super-Diversity in Context: A Corpus-based Study of Multilingual Writing Outcomes with Attention to Disparate Impact.” Taken from the CCCC website: these grants are awarded…
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Peaker (PhD ’14) accepts position at Barnard College

                                                        Alicia Peaker (Ph.D. ’14) has accepted a position of Digital Scholarship Librarian for the Barnard Library Teaching, Learning and Digital Scholarship department at Barnard College in New…
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Deciphering the medieval secrets of the Dragon Prayer Book

“Erika Boeckeler was going to need three years—with help from a lot of students—to fully comprehend what she was holding in her hands. And yet she knew, the moment she was greeted by the brightly-drawn dragon roaring on its opening page, that she had found a book of historical significance.” Read the full article in…
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Cara Marta Messina (PhD ’21) wins Kairos Teaching Award

Cara Marta Messina (Ph.D. ’21) has won the Kairos Teaching Award for 2019 from the online journal, Kairos. Recognized as one of the top online journals in rhetoric, writing studies, and digital humanities, Kairos publishes bi-annually and reaches an audience of 45,000 readers per month around the world. Each year,Kairos recognizes three graduate students and/or adjuncts…
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Sarah Payne (PhD ’19) accepts digital humanities post-doc at Middlebury College

Sarah Payne (Ph.D. ’19) has accepted a DH postdoc at Middlebury College starting this August. As Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts, Sarah will promote the use of digital research and pedagogy, consult with faculty on digital projects, organize and participate in digital training workshops, and conduct individual research. Sarah successfully defended her dissertation,…
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NU Writing journal of student writing publishes new issue, “Reactions”

This year’s issue of NU Writing has been released! NU Writing is an online journal that publishes compositions made in the First-Year Writing and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines courses that are part of Northeastern University’s Writing Program. This year’s issue centers around the theme of “Reactions.” View this issue and previous issues on the…
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Department Events

Department Spotlights

Eunsong Kim

Assistant Professor of English Eunsong Kim

Eunsong Kim joined the NU English faculty in Fall 2017. She co-founded and co-runs the arts forum, contemptorary, a magazine supported by the Andy Warhol Art Writers Grant Program, which is dedicated to featuring, interviewing and archiving artists of color. Professor Kim's poetry has appeared in the Brooklyn Magazine, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, West Branch, and others. Her first book of poetry, gospel of regicide, was published by Noemi Press in 2017.

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Elizabeth Polcha

Doctoral Candidate Elizabeth Polcha

Elizabeth Polcha's research interests include early American and Caribbean literature, digital humanities, and feminist theory. She has been awarded a prestigious Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year and received a 2018 Northeastern University Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Teaching.

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