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

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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December 2018 alumni updates highlight careers in higher ed

Our December alumni updates highlight careers in higher education. Victoria Comella (B.A. ’05) is currently the Director of Communications for Emory University. Jessica (Russell) Morrow (M.A. ’12) serves as the Assistant Director of Stewardship in University Advancement at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Alexander Moffett (Ph.D. ’05) was elected Director of the Development of Western…
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Professor Cushman and Jonathan Osborne co-edit essay collection on Rhetorics of Difference

Professor Ellen Cushman and Doctoral Candidate Jonathan Osborne, along with Damián Baca from The University of Arizona, celebrated the publication of their co-edited essay collection, Landmark Essays on Rhetorics of Difference (Routledge) in December 2018. Congratulations!

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Department Events


2019 Peter Burton Hanson Lecture

Bethany Wiggin, University of Pennsylvania: “Climate Change and Pedagogy: Experiential and Embodied Learning for the Academy and Beyond”..
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“Composing and Performing the Self: Cultivating Relations with Community and Land”

A dissertation-in-progress presentation by Eric Sepenoski. All are welcome!..
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“Feminist Digital Humanities: Data, Activism, and the Academy”

Barrs Lecture by Elizabeth Losh, College of William and Mary..
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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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