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

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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Laura Beerits receives COE Outstanding Teacher of First-Year Engineering Students Award

Assistant Teaching Professor of English Laura Beerits was selected to receive the College of Engineering (COE) Outstanding Teacher of First-Year Engineering Students Award. Awardees are chosen from departments who teach COE first-year students. Professor Beerits received the award for her teaching in First-Year Writing courses. She will be honored with other 2019 College of Engineering…
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NU poets compete at CUPSI 2019

This April, Northeastern University’s poetry slam group, the Interrobang Poets, sent a team of five poets to compete in the 2019 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) in Houston, Texas. The team, comprised of five poets — Ffion Titmuss (Biology/English), Sydney Bobb (Liberal Studies), Chinma Nnadozie-Okananwa (English), Ajoa Addae (Biology), and Joely Barrios (Communication Studies)…
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Department Events


Cara Marta Messina Dissertation Work-in-Progress Presentation

“The Critical Fan Toolkit: Fanfiction Genres, Pedagogies, and Ideologies” Laptops recommended. All are welcome.


Criticism Slam

Join Nicole Aljoe, Theo Davis, Abbie Levesque, and Arsalan ul Haq for a departmental showcase of their current ideas and projects, followed by larger discussion with audience members. Dinner will be provided.


The Image of O in Othello & English Printers’ Devices

This talk, presented by Professor Erika Boeckeler, is part of a seminar on the History of the Book at Harvard. This event is free and open to the public.


Hanson Writing Awards Ceremony

The Department of English is pleased to announce the Peter Burton Hanson undergraduate writing awards, given for the best submissions in the three categories of Scholarly Writing, Creative Writing, and “Other.”  The awards are named in the honor and memory of Peter Burton Hanson, A&S ’91, an English major, who perished along with his wife,…
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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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