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

Jonathan Osborne (PhD ’20) accepts Diversity Scholars Fellowship at Ithaca College

Doctoral candidate Jonathan Osborne (PhD ’20) has accepted a Diversity Scholars Fellowship at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. He will begin his one-year appointment at Ithaca this Fall. Jonathan has recently celebrated the publication of the co-edited essay collection, Landmark Essays on Rhetorics of Difference (Routledge 2018), co-edited with Professor Ellen Cushman and Damián Baca…
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Professor Cushman elected Chair of the Coalition for Community Writing

In March 2019, Professor Ellen Cushman was elected Chair of the Coalition for Community Writing (CCW). CCW is an international organization of scholars, writers, educators, students, activists, and community organizers, which provides resources, consultation, and partnership to its members in order to foster successful community writing initiatives. Professor Cushman has been on the board since…
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Aaron Block awarded CSSH 2018-19 Outstanding Teaching Award

Associate Teaching Professor Aaron Block has been selected for a CSSH 2018-19 Outstanding Teaching Award. Congratulations, Aaron!   From the announcement:   “With this award, the college recognizes Aaron Block as an exceptional teacher whose student-centered course design, assignments, and assessment practices epitomize writing as a social activity. By working together to identify goals, create rubrics,…
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Laurie Edwards pens New York Times op-ed on pain, young women, and the culture of disbelief

Associate Teaching Professor Laurie Edwards‘s op-ed, “Why Are We Still Dismissing Girls’ Pain?,” appears in the February 17, 2019 print edition of the New York Times. We have long known that women with some conditions are more likely than men to be under-treated for pain, and that doctors are more likely to dismiss reports of illness as psychosomatic when they…
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Polcha awarded post-doctoral fellowship at Penn

Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Polcha has been awarded the Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship at the McNeil Center in Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  She will begin her two-year appointment at the McNeil Center in Fall 2019. Elizabeth is currently completing a dissertation project titled, “Redacting Desire: The Sexual Politics of Colonial Science in the Eighteenth-Century…
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Ghorbaninejad (PhD ’18) accepts position at UCLA’s Digital Library Program

Kasra Ghorbaninejad (Ph.D. ’18) has accepted a position at UCLA’s Digital Library Program. Kasra’s title will be Sinai Library Digitization Project Data and Metadata Coordinator (SLDP-DMC) at the rank of Principal Museum Scientist. Kasra defended his dissertation, “ “Re/Imagining Imperial Narratives: Shakespeare’s Histories, Safavid Shāhnāmahs, and Anglo-Persian Alliance Building, 1590s-1620s” (co-directed by Marina Leslie and Erika Boeckeler) in July…
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Department Events

04/24/2019

Samantha Przybylowicz Dissertation-in-Progress Presentation

“Genre, Sympathy, Gender, and Crime in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles”..
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04/25/2019

Laurie Kladky Dissertation-in-Progress Presentation

“The Malevolent Mirror– Female Vampires in Victorian Fiction” All are welcome!

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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