Department of English
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- Spent first semester studying in London and volunteering at the Charles Dickens Museum through N.U.In.
- Took Technologies of Texts with Prof. Ryan Cordell, learning several markdown languages and R, which she later used in her co-ops.
- Participated in a Dialogue of Civilizations to France and studied French language and film.
- Took Literature & Digital Diversity with Prof. Elizabeth Dillon, studying digital methods to analyze and archive literary texts.
- Collaborated with Prof Erika Boeckeler to translate and digitize Northeastern’s only medieval manuscript, the Dragon Prayer Book.
- Created Decoding the Dragon, an exhibit on the project shown in Snell Library.
- Had a co-op at Cengage and used markdown languages to complete documentation and automate processes...
- Helped create the combined major in English and Journalism with other students, faculty, and advisors.
- Felt confident in his choice of study after taking Intro to Literary Studies with Professor Sari Altschuler, a discussion-based class.
- Has engaged in multimedia storytelling for campus publications such as WRBB, The Huntington News, NUPR, and Tastemakers.
- Furthered connections between the histories of his fields of study in Introduction to Writing Studies with Professor Mya Poe.
- Spent his first co-op reporting for the State House News Service, publishing briefs and stories almost every day.
- Completed his second co-op as a staff writer and music critic for the Living & Arts section of the Boston Globe.
- Discovered rhetoric and composition studies through coursework with Profs. Mya Poe and Chris Gallagher, which resonated with Leah’s passion to help people access and share ideas.
- Realized how she could use the MA in English to go further with cultural heritage site work after working alongside Professor Julia Flanders for the Women Writers Project.
- Collaborated with the Boston City Archives to digitally transpose texts for the Our Marathon project, engaging in experiential learning as well as shared healing/thinking/grieving.
- Connected research on digital humanities and disability studies for her Master’s thesis on improving museum accessibility with digital technology, supervised by Prof. Mya Poe.
- Found a graduate community through faculty mentors as well as personal friendships with fellow students, something that stuck with Leah long after her departure from Northeastern.
- Worked as an Education and Public Programs Coordinator for an art museum following graduation, and currently works as a university academic administrator.
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...
- Was introduced to early modern Irish literature in Prof. Patrick Mullen’s Irish Film & Literature course. Her dissertation topic was inspired by a paper she wrote for the class.
- Had faculty mentors from fields such as Irish culture, early modern literature, gender studies, text encoding, and more to shape her intellectual and professional development.
- Became involved with the Digital Scholarship Group, first as an encoder for the Women Writers Project and then as a project team member with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.
- Took on more leadership for the Women Writers Project throughout her program and eventually became their Assistant Director following graduation.
- Found a network of colleagues for research, teaching, and the development of programs in digital scholarship through the larger academic community in Boston.
- Wrote her dissertation on the ways in which early modern writers used medieval legends and forms to construct national identity.
- Currently engaged in research into applying digital tools and methodologies to pre-Victorian texts, with a particular interest in examining how people wrote about the past. ..
Welcome to the Department of English
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.
For undergraduates, the department provides a flexible, intellectually challenging liberal arts experience that will serve as a basis for advanced study, for continuing self-development, and for meaningful employment. At the graduate level, the department enables students to engage in independent scholarly inquiry and impart knowledge about the continually evolving terrain of English literary and writing studies, including emerging areas such as new media and digital humanities.