English Faculty

  •  Joseph Alkana, Ph.D. (Texas, 1990)
    Associate Professor

    Fields: 19th-century American literature, Jewish literature.

    Author, The Social Self: Nineteenth-Century Psychology and the Writings of Hawthorne, Howells, and William James (1996). Co-editor, Cohesion and Dissent in America (1994).

  • A. Manette Ansay, M.F.A. (Cornell, 1991)

    A. Manette Ansay’s first novel, Vinegar Hill, was published in 1994, followed by a story collection, Read This and Tell Me What it Says in 1995. She has since published four more novels: Sister (1996); River Angel (1998); Midnight Champagne (1999), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and her latest novel, Blue Water (2006). Ansay is also the author of a memoir, Limbo. She's been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Friends of American Writers Prize, and two Great Lakes Book Awards, among others. Vinegar Hill was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her November 1999 Book Club Selection. Ansay is at work on a new novel, to be published by HarperCollins.

  •  Anthony Barthelemy, Ph.D. (Yale, 1984)
    Associate Professor

    Fields: African-American and Renaissance literature.

    Author, Black Face, Maligned Race: The Representation of Blacks in English Drama from Shakespeare to Southerne (1987). Editor, Critical Essays on Shakespeare's "Othello" (1994).

  •  Jaswinder Bolina, MFA, Ph.D. (Michigan 2003, Ohio University 2010)
    Assistant Professor

    Fields: Creative writing (poetry and nonfiction)

    Jaswinder Bolina is author of Phantom Camera (Green Rose Prize, New Issues Press and Hachette 2013) and Carrier Wave (Colorado Prize, Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University 2007). His poems have appeared widely in national and international literary journals and in the Best American Poetry series. His essays have appeared at the Poetry Foundation dot org and The Huffington Post; in magazines including The State and The Writer; and in the anthologies Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa Press 2011), Language: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2013), The Task of Un/Masking (University of Georgia Press 2014), and The Force of What’s Possible (Nightboat Books 2014).

  •  Robert Casillo, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins, 1978)

    Fields: Modern poetry, Victorian literature.

    Author, The Genealogy of Demons: Anti-Semitism, Fascism, and the Myths of Ezra Pound (1988), The Empire of Stereotypes: Germaine de Stael and the Idea of Italy (2006); Gangster Priest: The Italian American Cinema of Martin Scorsese (2006). 

  •  Eugene Clasby, Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Madison, 1966)
    Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

    Fields: Medieval and Renaissance literature.

    Translator, The Pilgrimage of Human Life by Guillaume de Deguilleville (1992).

  •  Renée Fox, Ph.D. (Princeton, 2010)
    Assistant Professor

    Renée Fox specializes in nineteenth-century British and Irish literature, with particular interests in the Gothic, mid-to-late Victorian literature and culture, poetry, and contemporary Irish literature.  She is the co-editor of an exhibition catalogue called The Cracked Lookingglass: Highlights from the Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose, which accompanied an exhibition of 18th- to 21st-century Irish prose at the Princeton University library, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New Hibernia Review and Victorian Poetry.  Dr. Fox has been the recipient of an Ahmanson-Getty Fellowship from UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, as well as fellowships from the Josephine de Kármán Foundation and the Mrs. Giles M. Whiting Foundation.  Her current project is entitled Necromantic Victorians: Reanimation, History, and Literary Innovation

  •  Donette Francis, Ph.D. (New York University, 2001)
    Associate Professor

    Donette Francis specializes in Caribbean literary and intellectual histories, American immigrant literatures, African diaspora literary studies, globalization and transnational feminist studies, and theories of sexuality and citizenship. Her book, Fictions of Feminine Citizenship: Sexuality and the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean Literature (Palgrave 2010), is concerned with the archives, intimacy and narrating history. Through an interdisciplinary and comparative study of novels by contemporary diasporic Caribbean women writers, Fictions charts an alternative history of racial and sexual formation in the Caribbean— moving across historical periods and national contexts. Defining this emergent literature as the Caribbean "antiromance," Dr. Francis writes against the critical impulse to underscore women's agency, and considers instead how Caribbean female subjects dwell in liminal spaces of both vulnerability and possibility. Dr. Francis is currently writing The Novel 1960s: Form and Sensibilities in Caribbean Literary Culture, an intellectual history of the 1960s. She is the co-editor with Belinda Edmondson of the "Special Forum: American Studies—Caribbean Edition" of the Journal of Transnational American Studies.

    Dr. Francis has been the recipient of Ford Foundation Summer Fellowships, the Dr. Nuala G. Drescher Award, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Faculty Fellowship at Binghamton University. She sits on the Editorial Board of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature and the Trotter Review. Her articles have appeared in Small Axe, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, and Research in African Literature, among others. Before joining the faculty of the English Department at the University of Miami, Dr. Francis taught at Binghamton University and New York University.

  •  Kathryn Freeman, Ph.D. (Yale, 1990)
    Associate Professor

    Kathryn Freeman, whose fields are British Romanticism, Orientalism, and women’s literature, received her PhD from Yale in 1990.  Her first book, Blake’s Nostos: Fragmentation and Nondualism in The Four Zoas (1997) explores Blake’s non-linearity as a means to reassess Blake’s poetics and his relationship to his contemporaries.  Her second book, under consideration, is Re-Orienting Anglo-India: Women Writers and the Asiatic Society of Bengal (1785-1835), an investigation of the literary relationship between women writers of the late eighteenth century and the Orientalist transmission of Vedic texts.  She has published related articles on Sydney Owenson’s The Missionary; on Phebe Gibbes’ Hartly House, Calcutta; and on the translations of William Jones and Charles Wilkins.  She is also completing a Companion to Blake that offers a guide to critical perspectives on Blake’s cosmology and historical context.

  • John Funchion, Ph.D. (Brown, 2008)
    Assistant Professor

    John Funchion specializes in early and 19th-century American literature. His areas of interest include the theory of the novel, aesthetics, transatlantic studies, and the digital humanities. His work has appeared in Modern Language Quarterly and Modernist Cultures. He is currently completing a book entitled States of Nostalgia: The Aesthetics of Dissensus in Nineteenth-Century America. He is also co-editing, with Edward Watts of Michigan State University and Keri Holt of Utah State University, a collection of critical essays entitled Imagining Localities: Regionalization in U.S. Literature and Culture before the Civil War

  • M. Evelina Galang, M.F.A. (Colorado State, 1994)
    Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing

    M. Evelina Galang received her M.F.A. degree from Colorado State University in 1994. She is the author of two works of fiction - Her Wild American Self, a collection of short fiction (Coffee House Press 1996) and One Tribe, winner of the 2004 AWP Prize in the Novel (New Issues Press 2006). Galang is also the editor of Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, 2003), an anthology that was awarded the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards Advancing Human Rights. In 2001, she was the Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in the Philippines where she continued to explore the stories of Surviving Filipina Comfort Women of World War II for her collection of essays, "Lola's House: Women Living With War."

    Galang teaches fiction in the MFA Creative Writing Program where she introduces students to a wide range of tools, voices and perspectives. She hopes that from this vast array of choices students will find their way to a place where craft, substance and art come together.

    Galang also serves as the advisor for the Filipino Student Association and UM Screaming Monkeys, a student group whose mission is to explore issues of race, culture and social justice through the spoken word.

  •  Thomas Goodmann, Ph.D. (Indiana, 1990)
    Associate Professor

    Thomas Goodmann received his PhD in English from Indiana University with a Certificate in Medieval Studies. He has published an essay on John Wyclif in the DLB volume, Old and Middle English Literature, and on modern literacy in medieval languages in Exemplaria, and is currently editing and contributing to Approaches to Teaching Langland's "Piers Plowman" for the Modern Language Association. He serves on the Executive Council of the Medieval Academy's Committee on Centers and Regional Associations, and co-hosted the annual meeting of the Academy on Miami Beach in 2005.

    Professor Goodmann offers courses on medieval British and European literatures, and on literature and environment. He is also at work on a book entitled, “Remembering the Summer Earth”: Women Writers of the Rural and the Wild.

  •  Tassie Gwilliam , Ph.D. (Cornell, 1985)
    Associate Professor

    Author: Samuel Richardson’s Fictions of Gender (Stanford 1993); articles in Novel, Journal of the History of Sexuality, ELH, Representations, and Body and Text in the Eighteenth Century.

    Dr. Gwilliam’s teaching focuses on the encounters between popular culture and elite literature in the Restoration and eighteenth century; on sexuality and gender in the period; and on medicine and literature. Her current research project, Embodying Narrative: The Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, examines such artifacts as counterfeit maidenheads, cosmetic treatises, and chameleon actresses to construct an understanding of the relationship between body and text in the eighteenth century

  • Pamela Hammons, Ph.D. (Cornell, 1997)
    Professor and Department Chair

    Dr. Pamela Hammons specializes in Renaissance and medieval literature, poetry, women's writing, and literary theories (especially feminisms and queer theory). She is currently working on a modernized edition of Katherine Austen’s Book M (1664) for the series The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe and a book, “Traveling Women Writers: English Renaissance Women at Home and Abroad.” She has been the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, an NEH Faculty Research Award, and an NEH Summer Stipend. Her publications include Gender, Sexuality and Material Objects in English Renaissance Verse (Ashgate 2010), Poetic Resistance: English Women Writers and the Early Modern Lyric (Ashgate 2002), and essays in SEL, ELH, Criticism, Clio, Women's Writing, Literature Compass, and Write or Be Written: Early Modern Women Poets and Cultural Constraints.

  • David Ikard, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002)
    Associate Professor

    David Ikard specializes in twentieth century literature (with a specialty in African American), black feminist criticism, hip hop culture, and black masculinity studies.  His essays have appeared in African American Review, MELUS, Palimpsest, African and Black Diaspora Journal, The Journal of Black Studies, and Obsidian III. In 2007 Ikard published his first book, Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism, which reconsiders the role of black men in feminism and identifies intraracial patterns of complicity in dominant modes of power that undermine even the most earnest and informed anti-sexist and anti-racist efforts. Co-authored with Martell Teasley, Ikard's second book Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America, explores the disconnect between the national hype over Barack Obama's historical election to the presidency and the ever-increasing economic distress of the black community that Attorney General Eric Holder broached in his controversial "race speech" in 2008. It received the Best Scholarly Book Award by DISA in 2013. The third and forthcoming book, Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century considers whether a non-hierarchical strategy of empowerment is even feasible in the twenty-first century given the surge of socioeconomic incentives for African Americans to accommodate the status quo. From a cultural standpoint, it investigates the nuanced ways in which African American writers and artists across various creative media have negotiated this dilemma of incentives over time, paying close attention to "unorthodox" patterns of resistance that typically fall off the radar of intellectual consideration. He is currently working on two monographs. The first, Loveable Racists, White Messiahs, and Magical Negroes, explores the tenacity of white redemption narratives and their impact on cultural consciousness and race relations. The second project, Who’s Afraid of an Angry Black Man, focuses on extant black pathology discourses, spanning from hip hip culture to the academy, and considers the salient ways in which they continue to inform and complicate black self-determination and political agency in the present day.

  •  Catherine Judd, Ph.D. (California, Berkeley, 1992)
    Associate Professor

    Fields: Victorian novel, women's studies.

    Author, Bedside Seductions: Nursing and the Victorian Imagination 1830-1880 (1997).

    Catherine Judd received her masters in Comparative Literature in '86 and her PhD in English Literature in '91 both from UC Berkeley, and is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida. She has written a book on Victorian nursing and articles on various nineteenth-century topics including representing the London crowd, women writers' use of male pseudonyms, English representations of the Irish Famine, and English responses to the American Civil War. Currently she is writing about Londoners converting to Mormonism in the early 1840s and how some of these conversions connect back to English dissent traditions of the 1640s and '50s. After she finishes this project she will be working on an essay focused on Percy Bysshe Shelley's influence on Thomas Hardy's novels, particularly "Jude the Obscure." She has been the recipient of several research awards including a National Institute of the Humanities Summer Research award. She can be reached at c.judd@miami.edu.

  • Patrick A. McCarthy, Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1973)

    Pat McCarthy, whose major fields are modern British and Irish literature and science fiction, has published critical interpretations of works, studies of literary relationships, genetic critical studies, and annotated scholarly editions of literary texts. His current projects are a scholarly edition of Malcolm Lowry’s “lost” novel In Ballast to the White Sea and an article on Book III Chapter 2 of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. He is also the editor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement.

  •  Brenna Munro, Ph.D. (Virginia, 2005)
    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

    Fields: Gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, Anglophone African, Caribbean, and contemporary British literature, and queer postcolonial writing and cinema.

    Brenna Munro specializes in queer and postcolonial studies, Anglophone African literature, and queer global writing and cinema. Her first book, South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in LGBT Studies. Dr. Munro is currently working on the politics of sexuality in contemporary writing from Nigeria and its diaspora. She is on the editorial board of Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies.

  •  Joel Nickels, Ph.D. (California, Berkeley 2007)
    Associate Professor

    Joel Nickels focuses on global modernisms, twentieth-century literature in English, experimental poetics and narrative, contemporary political theory, and early twentieth-century models of internationalism. He is the author of The Poetry of the Possible: Spontaneity, Modernism and the Multitude (Minnesota 2012). His second book project, The Imaginary International, explores modernist representations of nonstate space: the real and imaginary geographies in which diasporic communities, indigenous populations and workplace organizations combine and associate beyond the boundaries of national sovereignty and command.

  • Ranen Omer-Sherman, Ph.D. (Notre Dame, 2000)

    Ranen Omer-Sherman teaches a range of courses including the Literature of the Holocaust (under-graduate and graduate levels), Theoretical and Literary Approaches to Orientalism/Occidentalism, Homes and Homelands in the Literature of North Africa and the Middle East, (graduate-level), Jewish and other ethnic American identities in literature, as well as representations of the Arab/Palestinian Other in Israeli literature. He has also taught an upper-level undergraduate course titled "Narratives of Passing and Assimilation: Comparative Approaches to Jewish American and African American Literature" which offers students an exploration of the variety of challenges to identity and selfhood represented in the literary imagination's grappling with the consequences of the erasure/repression of ethnic/racial origins.

    He is the author of Diaspora and Zionism in Jewish American Literature: Lazarus, Syrkin, Reznikoff, Roth (2002) and Israel in Exile: Jewish Writing and the Desert (2006) as well as coeditor of The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches (2008) and the forthcoming War and Narrative in Israeli Society and Culture (2012) . His essays have appeared in journals such as Middle Eastern Literatures, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prooftexts, Texas Studies in Literature & Language, MELUS, Legacy, Modern Jewish Studies, Religion & Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, Peace Review, and Modernism/Modernity. He has also served as guest editor for special issues on “Jewish Diasporism” for Religion and Literature and "Jewish Orientalism" for the journal Shofar. His current research focuses on diasporic and hybrid identities in literature, especially in memoirs and fiction of the Levantine world and the Middle East as well as literary representations of the kibbutz movement.

  • Frank Palmeri, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1981)

    Fields: Comparative 18th- and 19th-century (including historiography, philosophy, and the visual arts), narrative theory, satire, postmodernism.

    Author, Satire in Narrative (1990); Satire, History, Novel: Narrative Forms, 1665-1815 (2003). Editor, Critical Essays on Jonathan Swift (1993); Humans and Other Animals in Eighteenth-Century England: Representation, Hybridity , Ethics (2006). Articles in Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, ELH, The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, Criticism, CLIO, SEL, Narrative, Postmodern Culture, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, Cambridge Companion to Satire, American History through Literature 1820-1870, History Beyond the Text, and others. He serves as review editor for Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History.

    Current projects: Conjectural History and the Disciplines of Culture: Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud, Foucault; and Novel, History, Satire: Narrative Forms 1790-1914.

  • Charlotte Rogers, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of English

  • John Paul Russo, Ph.D. (Harvard, 1969)
    Professor of English and Classics

    John Paul Russo has published books and essays on the theory of criticism, ethnicity, and history of culture. The recipient of three Fulbright Fellowships, most recently (2006) to the University of Salerno, he has been visiting professor at the universities of Palermo, Rome, and Genoa. He is book review editor of Italian Americana and an editor of Rivista di Studi Nord Americani. He has received the UM Faculty Senate's Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award and Outstanding Teaching Award, and a Cooper Fellowship. In 2006 his Future without a Past: The Humanities in a Technological Society won the Thomas N. Bonner Award. His study of representations of Italy, Italians, and Italian Americans since the Renaissance, co-written by Robert Casillo and entitled The Italian in Modernity, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011.

  • Patricia J. Saunders, Ph.D. (Pittsburgh, 1999)
    Associate Professor

    Professor Saunders's research and scholarship focus largely on the relationship between sexual identity and national identity in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her work has appeared in The Bucknell Review, Calabash, Plantation Society in the Americas, The Journal of West Indian Literature and Small Axe. Her first book, titled Alien/Nation and Repatri(n)ation: Caribbean Literature and the Task of Translating Identity will be published by Lexington Books in 2007. This book traces the emergence of literary nationalisms in the Anglophone Caribbean region while mapping these transformations through discourses of exile, national and sexual identity, and diaspora race politics in four cultural and political contexts: pre-independence Trinidad, post-independence Britain, the Civil rights era in the United States, and Canada. Other works in progress include an edited collection of essays on Jamaican popular culture and the politics of sexual and national identity. The essays in this collection explore critical aspects of dancehall culture and the points of intersection with global flows of capital, violence and culture.

    Current project: Fusion and Con/Fusion: Gender, Sexuality, and Consumerism in Jamaican Dancehall Culture.

  • Maureen Seaton , M.F.A. (Vermont College, 1996)

    Field: Creative writing (poetry).

    Maureen Seaton has authored fourteen poetry collections, both solo and collaborative—most recently, Stealth, with Sam Ace (Chax Press, 2011); Sinéad O’Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds, with Neil de la Flor (Sentence Book Award, Firewheel Editions, 2011); and Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen (Carnegie Mellon, 2009)—and a memoir, Sex Talks to Girls (University of Wisconsin Press, 2008, Living Out Series), winner of the Lambda Literary Award. She is co-editor, with Denise Duhamel and David Trinidad, of the anthology, Saints of Hysteria, A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. She has received numerous honors, including the Lammy and the Iowa Poetry Prize for Furious Cooking, the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award for Venus Examines Her Breast, the Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize for Fear of Subways, the Society of Midland Authors Award for The Sea among the Cupboards, the NEA, and two Pushcart prizes. She writes an online column celebrating poets at almostdorothy.wordpress.com/category/themes/glit-lit Her website is: www.maureenseaton.com

  •  Frank Stringfellow, Ph.D. (Cornell, 1988)
    Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

    Fields: Psychoanalytic criticism.

    Author, The Meaning of Irony: A Psychoanalytic Investigation (1994)

  • Mihoko Suzuki, Ph.D. (Yale, 1982)
    Professor and Director of the Center for the Humanities

    Fields: Renaissance and early modern studies, English and continental; gender and authorship; early modern political thought and historiography; the classical tradition.

    Author: Metamorphoses of Helen: Authority, Difference, and the Epic (1989); Subordinate Subjects: Gender, the Political Nation, and Literary Form in England , 1588-1688 (2003). Editor, Critical Essays on Edmund Spenser (1995); The Early Modern Englishwoman Facsimile Series of Printed Works: Mary Carleton (2006); Elizabeth Cellier (2006). Co-editor, Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1700 (2002); Diversifying the Discourse: The Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship, 1990-2004 (2006), Women's Political Writing, 1610-1725 (4 vols., 2007), The Rule of Women in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700 (2008). Articles in English Literary Renaissance, Criticism, Comparative Literature Studies, SEL, Prose Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, CLIO, Feminist Companion to Shakespeare, The Harvard Classical Tradition, and others.

    Current projects: Gender, History, and the Politics of Civil War in Early Modern England and France; Palgrave History of British Women's Writing (vol. 3, 1610-1690).

    Co-editor, Transculturalisms: 1400-1700 (a book series); review editor, CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History; executive committees of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages, and MLA's Classical and Modern Studies; editorial board for the seventeenth century, Blackwell's Literature Compass; selection committee for the William Riley Parker Prize for the best article in PMLA.

  • Tim Watson, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1998)
    Associate Professor and Director of American Studies
    Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Programs, College of Arts and Sciences

    Tim Watson teaches 19th- and 20th-century literatures in English.  With Ashli White (History Department), he organizes the interdisciplinary Atlantic Studies research group at UM.

    He is the author of Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780-1870 (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and editor, with Candace Ward of Florida State University, of a new edition of the 1827 novel Hamel, the Obeah Man by Cynric R. Williams (Broadview Press, 2010). He recently edited a special issue of the journal Clio on the topic of "Atlantic Narratives." He is at work on a new book on transatlantic literature and anthropology in the 1950s.