Chair’s Welcome


Welcome to the Department of English website!

On these pages, you will find information about faculty; undergraduate and graduate study; cooperative education in the English department, and much more.

Our award-winning faculty pursue research in English and American literatures from the medieval period to the twenty-first century, as well as rhetoric, writing studies, and linguistics.  The department has particular strength in the fields of American and transatlantic literatures, Digital Humanities, public humanities, and Rhetoric and Composition.

For example, Ryan Cordell, who works on nineteenth-century American literature and in the Digital Humanities, is the 2015-2016 recipient of an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship for his work on the Viral Texts Project—a project that maps the circulation of stories and articles that went viral in the nineteenth century.  Also archival literary studies, Renaissance scholar Erika Boeckeler received the inaugural ACLA Book Subvention Award for her manuscript, “Playfull Letters: The Dramatization of the Alphabet in the Renaissance.”

In writing studies, Mya Poe is a 2014 recipient of a CCCC Outstanding Book Award for the co-edited collection Race and Writing Assessment, and Professor Chris Gallagher accepted, on behalf of the university, the inaugural Heroic Husky Service Award from 826 Boston, a youth writing center serving Boston Public School Students in which Northeastern University students and alumni take a leading role.

Undergraduate and graduate students are also involved in independent and collaborative scholarly projects ranging from tests of juror’s comprehension of instructions to coding archival documents. Please visit our Research page to learn more about undergraduate opportunities.

For undergraduates, one of the distinguishing experiences of the English major at Northeastern University is the opportunity for participation in the cooperative education program, which allows students to hone their knowledge and skills in actual employment situations while engaged in active learning. Please visit the Co-Op page to learn more about the program and students like Matthew Baddour, ’14, winner of an Outstanding Co-Op Award.

I hope you enjoy learning more about our people and programs, and I welcome your questions and communications at




Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

Professor and Chair