English Literature, Creative Writing, and Composition Faculty
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Chantel Acevedo, M.F.A.
Chantel Acevedo’s most recent novel, The Distant Marvels, was published by Europa Editions, and chosen as an Indie Next Pick. Acevedo's other novels include Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin's Press), which won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year, Song of the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adults, and A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, and National Bronze Medal IPPY Award. Her fiction and poetry have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, North American Review, and Chattahoochee Review, among many others. Acevedo founded the Auburn Writers Conference, and was awarded an Alabama State Council of the Arts Fellowship. She is currently an Associate Professor of English in the MFA Program of the University of Miami.
Joseph Alkana, Ph.D. (Texas, 1990)
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).
Benjamin Alsup, M.F.A. (University of Massachusetts, 2002)
Areas of Interest: Fiction, Composition, Creative Non-Fiction
Benjamin Alsup teaches Composition and Creative Writing courses. His fiction, non-fiction, and book reviews appear regularly in Esquire.
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)
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).
Ben Bogart, Ph.D. (University of Louisville, 2015)
Areas of Interest: Rhetoric, spatiality, Civil Rights Rhetoric, Creative Writing
Ben Bogart received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the rhetorical spatiality inherent to prison literature. He has taught first-year composition and creative writing, and currently works as a writing tutor at Dade Correctional Institution in Homestead, FL, as part of a partnership between UM Writing Center and the local non-profit group “Exchange for Change.”
Jaswinder Bolina, MFA, Ph.D. (Michigan 2003, Ohio University 2010)
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).
Brian Breed, Ph.D. (University of Miami, 2015)
Brian Breed is a Lecturer in the English Composition Center. In addition to teaching English Composition 105 and 106 for the College of Arts and Sciences, he has frequently taught English 105 and 107 for the College of Engineering. He also works in the Writing Center as a tutor.
His areas of interest include nineteenth-century British and American literature, contemporary scientific literature, scientific writing for general audiences, and science fiction. He focuses on rhetoric and narrative in both his courses and research, in the hopes that better reading and writing make for better community.
James Britton, Ph.D (University of Miami, 2003)
Assistant Director of English Composition and Senior Lecturer
Areas of Interest: Composition, American Literature, Science Fiction, Science Writing
James Britton received his Ph.D. in literature from the University of Miami. He has taught first-year composition, American literature, and science writing courses.
Melissa Burley, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2004)
Areas of Interest: Visual Rhetoric, Photography, Creative Writing
Melissa Burley received her MFA in fiction from the University of Miami after studying art history at the Université de Paul Valery, in Montpellier, France, and graduating with a B.A. in history from the College of William and Mary. Her poetry, prose poetry, an interview, and short stories have appeared in Tigertail, Flamenco, Mangrove, and Metromorphosis. She has published a book of photographs and her photography has been printed in local, regional, and national magazines. She is currently working on her second novel. Her interests include visual rhetoric and digital photography.
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).
Paul Deveney, Ph.D. (London School of Economics, 2006)
Areas of Interest: British Politics, European History, 19th and 20th century literature
Paul Deveney studied at the London School of Economics, and was a Senior Fellow for many years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught writing and history. Earlier, he was a Senior Writer and columnist at the Wall Street Journal, and prior to that worked for several years as an editor in Washington, first with the old Washington Star and later with the Washington Post. He is the author of "Callaghan's Journey to Downing Street".
Donette Francis, Ph.D. (New York University, 2001)
Associate Professor and Director of American Studies
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 working on two book projects: The Novel 1960s: Form and Sensibilities in Caribbean Literary Culture, an intellectual history of the Anglophone Caribbean’s transnational literary culture; and Creole Miami: Black Arts in the Magic City, a sociocultural history of black arts practice in Miami from 1980s to present. She is the editor of “Intellectual Formations: Locating a Caribbean Intellectual Tradition,” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, 2013; and co-editor with Belinda Edmondson, "Special Forum: American Studies—Caribbean Edition," Journal of Transnational American Studies, 2013.
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)
Kathryn Freeman, whose fields are British Romanticism, Orientalism, Blake studies, and women’s literature, received her PhD from Yale in 1990. Her first book, Blake’s Nostos: Fragmentation and Nondualism in The Four Zoas (SUNY 1997) explores Blake’s non-linearity as a means to reassess Blake’s poetics and his relationship to his contemporaries. Her second book, Women Writers and the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 1785-1835: Re-Orienting Anglo-India (Ashgate 2014) investigates 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 currently completing A Guide to William Blake, a companion to Blake’s cosmology and historical context that challenges the premise of referentiality in the spirit of Blake’s text and design.
John Funchion, Ph.D. (Brown, 2008)
Associate Professor of English and American Studies
Fields: Early North American and nineteenth-century U.S. literatures; Atlantic Studies; aesthetic theory; and digital approaches to literary studies.
John Funchion’s essays have appeared in Early American Literature, Modern Language Quarterly, Modernist Cultures, and The Henry James Review. He recently completed a series of final revisions on his first book, States of Nostalgia: the Aesthetics of Antagonism in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. for a major university press. He also co-edited and contributed an essay to Bordering Establishments: Mapping Regions in Early American Writing (Georgia, forthcoming). He is currently at work on two new projects. His second book manuscript, Reading against the Law: Localities of Dissent in the Early Republic establishes how regional writers in the U.S. engaged novelists, poets, revolutionaries, and legal thinkers across the Atlantic and throughout the Caribbean to challenge the rising dominance of legal and literary federalism in the early nineteenth century. He has also begun developing a digital humanities project, [alt] Periodicals, which will provide a searchable archive of radical and alternative periodicals published in the U.S. between 1865 and 1919.
M. Evelina Galang, M.F.A. (Colorado State, 1994)
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.
Amina Gautier, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania, 2004)
Fields: Creative writing (fiction), American literature, African American literature
Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk (University of Georgia Press, 2011), Now We Will Be Happy (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) and the The Loss of All Lost Things (Elixir Press, 2016). At-Risk was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award, The First Horizon Award, and the Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award. Now We Will Be Happy was awarded the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Award, a USA Best Book Award, an International Book Award, a National Silver Medal IPPY Award and was named Finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize and for the International Latino Book Award. The Loss of All Lost Things was awarded the Elixir Press Award in Fiction, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, two Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards in Literary Fiction and in Short Fiction, and a Royal Palm Literary Award.
Dr. Gautier’s short stories have appeared widely in national and international literary journals and anthologies, including Agni, Best African American Fiction, Callaloo, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, New Stories from the South, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. For her individual stories, Dr. Gautier has been the recipient of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, the Danahy Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the Lamar York Prize in Fiction, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, and the William Richey Award. Her work has received scholarships and fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, The Betsy Hotel, Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Dora Maar, Disquiet International, Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers; Hurston/Wright Foundation Writer’s Workshop, Kimbilio, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Key West Literary Seminars, MacDowell Colony, Prairie Center of the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and Writers in the Heartland, as well as artist grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her critical essays and reviews appear in African American Review, Daedalus, Journal of American History, Libraries and Culture, Nineteenth Century Contexts and Whitman Noir: Black America and the Good Gray Poet, and have been supported with fellowships from the Northeast Modern Language Association, Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. At the University of Miami, she has been the recipient of two Provost Research Awards and a Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship. She serves as a reviewer for The Rumpus and Fiction Advocate.
Thomas Goodmann, Ph.D. (Indiana, 1990)
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.
Valerie Gramling, Ph.D (University of Massachusetts, 2013)
Areas of Interest: Composition, Medieval Literature, Dramatic Literature, Performance Studies
Valerie Gramling earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts in 2013, and has an M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University (2005). She teaches ENG 105 and 106. Her essay "Flesche withowtyn hyde" will appear in the forthcoming collection Flaying in the Premodern World: Practice and Representation (Boydell & Brewer, 2016). Before joining the Composition faculty, Valerie spent two years as the Senior Academic Advisor for undeclared students in Arts and Sciences at UM, and in a much earlier life spent many years working in professional theatre as a director, writer, and stage manager.
Andrew Green, M.A. (Florida International University, 2000)
Andrew Green was born and raised in Miami, leaving to attend the University of Sussex in Brighton, England for his B.A., followed by Cambridge University for his PGCE. He taught in London for four years, before returning to Miami. His interests include travel, travel writing, and writing on social equality and voices of outsiders, both in fiction and non-fiction.
Tassie Gwilliam , Ph.D. (Cornell, 1985)
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. Hammons specializes in early modern English and medieval literature, manuscript culture, poetry, women’s writing, and theories of gender and sexuality. She is the author of 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, Write or Be Written: Early Modern Women Poets and Cultural Constraints, and History of British Women’s Writing, 1610-1690. She is the editor of Book M: A London Widow’s Life Writings by Katherine Austen (Iter, Inc. and CRRS 2013) for The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series. Dr. Hammons has been the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Faculty Research Award, and an NEH Summer Stipend.
Robert Michael Healy, Ph.D. (University of Miami, 1997)
Senior Lecturer, Literature
Judy G. Hood, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2004)
Senior Lecturer, Composition
Areas of Interest: American Literature, Visual Rhetoric
Judy Hood studied at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany, graduated from Stetson University, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. Her work ranges from non-fiction to poetry and has been published in The Southern Quarterly, Mangrove Literary Magazine, and the Miami Herald. She contributed to the college text Composing Inquiry and presently teaches Visual Rhetoric and Advanced Academic Writing at UM.
Nicole Hospital-Medina, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2013)
Nicole Hospital-Medina earned her MFA at the University of Miami where she now instructs writing and Composition. She is the current Writer in Residence of the Deering Estate at Cutler. Her poems can be read in the anthology,Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence,as well as in CURA: A Journal of Art and Action, The Miami Herald, Linden Lane Magazine, Paper Nautilus, Blunderbuss Magazine, The Acentos Review, Canyon Voices and more. For more about Nicole, you can visit her website, nicolehospital-medina.com. Nicole, teacher, Floridian, surfer, sailor, artist and environmentalist, ventures to write. She is a poet-activist.
Danielle Houck, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2000)
Senior Lecturer, Composition
Areas of Interest: Art, Composition, Creative Writing, Organizational Communication, Popular Culture, Technology, Visual Rhetoric
Danielle K. Houck majored in creative writing at Miami University. She studied fiction writing at Georgetown University and earned her M.F.A. (fiction) from the University of Miami in 2000. She has taught ENG 105, 106, 209, 230, 333, and 350, as well as IGS 517 for the UM Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program.
She served as Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL, from 2003-2005, as well as editor-in-chief of Miami University's literary magazine, Inklings
David Ikard, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002)
Director of Africana Studies
David Ikard specializes in African American literature. His interests include black feminist criticism, hip hop culture, black masculinity and whiteness studies. His essays have appeared in African American Review, MELUS, Palimpsest, African and Black Diaspora Journal, The Journal of Black Studies, and Obsidian III. He is the author/co-author of three books. Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism (2007)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, Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America (2012)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. Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century (2014) uses black cultural and gender theories to engage the persistence of racial profiling, economic inequality between blacks and whites, disproportionate numbers of black prisoners, and disparities in health and access to healthcare. In addition, it sheds light on the shifting discourse of white supremacist ideology, including post-racialism, neoliberalism and colorblind politics, that frustrates black self-determination, agency, and empowerment the 21st century. His current project, Loveable Racists, White Messiahs, and Magical Negroes, investigates the tenacity and cultural capital of white redemption narratives in literature and popular media from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Kathryn Stockett’s best selling book cum blockbuster and Oscar Award winning movie The Help. He is also working on a multi-authored project, Missing Trayvon: Respectability Politics, Activism, and Cultural Memory, that uses Trayvon Martin’s tragic death as a hallmark to rethink the efficacy of essentialist racial critiques.
Joanna Johnson, Ph.D. (University of Essex, 2015)
Director of Writing, College of Arts & Sciences and Senior Lecturer
Joanna Johnson received her MA from the University of Miami in 2002, and her Ph.D. from the University of Essex, UK, in 2015. Her teaching and research interests include writing studies, rhetoric and composition, pedagogy, Anglo-Caribbean writing, and writing for the sciences. She has taught in the composition program at the University of Miami since 2000.
Catherine Judd, Ph.D. (California, Berkeley, 1992)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katherine Komis, M.A. (California State-Northridge)
Senior Lecturer, Composition
Katherine Komis earned a BA in English Literature from UCLA and an MA with a focus in African American Literature from California State University at Northridge. Currently, her courses explore contemporary American issues examining the relationship between health, wellness, and the environment.
Susan Leary, M.A. (University of Miami, 2008)
Susan L. Leary received her M.A. in English literature from the University of Miami in 2008. She teaches the staple first-year writing sequence courses--English 105 and 106--and advanced special topics courses. Her intellectual interests include literature and popular culture; film, television, and media studies; Victorian studies; and all things related to the critically-acclaimed television show, LOST. Her current pedagogical concern is to give meaning to the buzz word of “critical thinking” and to provide students with concrete definitions for the idea-related moves expected of college writing. She serves as Associate Faculty Master in Hecht Residential College.
Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing
April Mann, M.A. (University of Miami, 1993)
Director, Writing Center and Senior Lecturer, Composition
April Mann teaches in the English Composition Program and directs the Writing Center. She is currently involved in several projects related to writing, writing centers, and disability, specifically the autism-related disability known as Asperger's Syndrome. She was a contributor to and reader for Composing Inquiry: Methods and Readings for Investigation and Writing.
In 2004, April received an Excellence-in-Teaching Award.
Patrick A. McCarthy, Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1973)
Research fields: British and Irish modernist literature, science fiction, textual editing, genetic criticism; particular interest in James Joyce, Malcolm Lowry, Samuel Beckett, and Olaf Stapledon
Pat McCarthy, who has taught at the University of Miami since 1976 and has edited the James Joyce Literary Supplement since 1999, is particularly interested in modernist British and Irish literature, science fiction, scholarly editing, and genetic criticism. In addition to articles on James Joyce, Malcolm Lowry, Samuel Beckett, and Olaf Stapledon, his publications since 2000 include Joyce, Family, “Finnegans Wake” (National Library of Ireland, 2005) and scholarly editions of Stapledon’s classic science fiction novel Star Maker (Wesleyan University Press, 2004) and Lowry’s “lost” novel In Ballast to the White Sea (University of Ottawa Press, 2014; annotations by Chris Ackerley).
Kimberly McGrath-Moreira, M.Ed. (St. Mary's University, 1991)
Areas of Interest: English for Academic and Professional Purposes (EAP, EPP); Composition for STEM; Reading and composition; Curriculum development; Multi-modal teaching and learning; English Language Learners (ELLs) and transitioning to undergraduate and graduate programs; Social justice/change
Kimberly McGrath Moreira completed her B.A. and M.Ed. in her native country Canada, though she has spent most of her professional life in the United States and abroad teaching writing, communication skills, and developing curriculum at universities such as Harvard, Boston University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and now at UM. Throughout the years, she has presented both in the US and internationally about curricular issues focused around student-centered learning, content-based instruction for ELLs, and the important connection reading has to academic writing at the university level. She began teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to international students at UM in 2004 in the Intensive English Program where she also held a level coordinator position. In 2014, she joined the Department of English where she currently teaches freshman composition and advanced business communication courses. In addition, as a writing tutor in the UM Writing Center and Dade Correctional Institution (DCI), she is part of a partnership with a local non-profit group “Exchange for Change.” Her recent work at DCI has reaffirmed her belief in the importance of reading and writing as a tool to empower and positively contribute toward opening communication, breaking down barriers, and hopefully leading to social change.
Brenna Munro, Ph.D. (Virginia, 2005)
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 and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Joel Nickels focuses on global modernisms, American and British literature since 1900, world literature and literary geography. He is the author of The Poetry of the Possible: Spontaneity, Modernism and the Multitude (Minnesota 2012). His second book project examines representations of self-government outside the nation-state in twentieth and twenty-first century world literature.
Elizabeth Oldman, Ph.D. (New York University)
Senior Lecturer, Literature
Elizabeth Oldman is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A., English), Yale University (M.A., English), and New York University (Ph.D., English), and has studied at Leiden University and The Hague. Her research interests include Renaissance literature, the history of law and political thought, the literature and philosophy of war, gender studies, and the intersection of literature and the visual arts. In 2011, she was invited to become an honorary member of the University of Miami’s chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society, in acknowledgment of her outstanding teaching and support of the undergraduate community. She was the 2008 recipient of The Josephine Louise Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Newcomb Student Body at Tulane University, where she was Visiting Assistant Professor in Early Modern British Literature from 2006-2009. Her recent essays include “Milton, Grotius, and the Law of War in Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes” (Studies in Philology, 2007), and “Milton’s Tenure of Kings and Magistrates and Eikonoklastes: Illegitimate monarchy and legally-sanctioned king-killing” (Law, Culture and the Humanities, 2012).
Martha Otis, M.F.A. (University of Florida, 2000), M.A. (Stanford, 1993)
Senior Lecturer, Composition
Areas of Interest: Composition, Fiction Writing
Martha Otis has an MFA from the University of Florida, an MA from Stanford University, and a BA from the University of Chicago. Her interests include poetry and all genres of narrative storytelling. She teaches composition 105, 106 and 107, and moonlights in creative writing 209 and 406.
Frank Palmeri, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1981)
Professor of English with courtesy appointments in Philosophy and Classics
Frank Palmeri has published on comparative literary studies of the 18th and 19th centuries; satire in narrative and graphic forms; conjectural history and the history of social thought; animal studies; and the novels of Thomas Pynchon. In addition to being comparative (primarily involving British, French, German, and American), his work is interdisciplinary—calling on the critical methods of history, visual studies, and philosophy.
His most recent book, State of Nature, Stages of Society: Enlightenment Conjectural History and the Origins of Modern Social Thought (2016), is included in Columbia University Press’s Series in Political Thought/Political History: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/state-of-nature-stages-of-society/9780231175166
He has published two other authored books—Satire in Narrative: Petronius, Swift, Gibbon, Melville, Pynchon (1990), and Satire, History, Novel: Narrative Forms 1665-1815 (2003). He has edited two volumes: Critical Essays on Jonathan Swift (1993) and Humans and Other Animals in 18th Century Britain: Hybridity, Representation, Ethics (2006). His essays have appeared in journals such as ELH: English Literary History, Comparative Literature, Criticism, Postmodern Studies, and SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, as well as numerous edited volumes.
He is currently directing 2 dissertations and has directed 7—on topics including 19th-century women writers and satire; Charles Reade and the sensation novel; the postmodern historical novel; fiction of the Partition from South Asia; and ideology and utopia in postcolonial fiction.
His current project is Satire and the Public Sphere: Caricature, Novels, and Politics in England, 1790-1910.
Rachel Panton, Ph.D. (Lesley University, 2012)
Dr. Rachel Panton has an extensive background in writing instruction and is a specialist in Adult Learning and Development. Her courses and interests primarily focus on women's memoir and narratives of wellness. She is a registered Personal Historian and writes memoirs and personal biographies for women and families.
Samantha Phillips, M.Ed. (Lesley, 1993)
Senior Lecturer, Composition
Samantha Phillips' creative non-fiction book, Real Girl/Real World (Seal Press 1998, 2003) is based on interviews with over seventy teen girls about beauty and the media, body image and eating disorders, sexuality, and the third wave of feminism. This book was re-created by a German feminist press (Orlanda) to cover similar issues. She is a regular contributor to Fit Pregnancy Magazine and has written for the Miami Herald and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She teaches courses about the representation of teenagers in the United States and also about relationships in the digital age.
Roxane V. Pickens, Ph.D. (College of William and Mary, 2014)
Assistant Director, Writing Center and Senior Lecturer, Composition
Areas of Interest: American Studies, African/American literature and culture (particularly twentieth century); representations of racial/ethnic identity; theories of play and festivity; cultural studies; U.S. cultural literacy studies
Roxane Pickens earned her doctorate in American Studies (with emphasis on African American literature and expressive culture) from the College of William and Mary in May, 2014. She has taught seminars in American Studies and Black Studies at W&M, and introductory courses in the UM American Studies program. Her first-year writing courses at UM focus on identity, community, play theory, and cultural literacy. She also serves as a writing tutor at the UM Writing Center.
Lisa Reyes, M.A. (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
Areas of Interest: Women's Studies, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature of the Americas
Lisa Reyes was born and raised in New York City. She has taught writing at various branches of The City University of New York. Courses focus on women and gender. She also teaches Creative Writing through UM's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Charlotte Rogers, M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., J.D. (University of Arizona and University of Miami)
Associate Professor of English, Composition
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Dr. Charlotte Rogers has published in journals and periodicals in three disciplines: literature (including prose and poetry in the English Journal, Jewish Spectator, Classical Outlook, and Explicator), reading and learning disabilities (including in the Journal of Reading, Reading Improvement, and Journal of Learning Disabilities), and law (including the Florida Bar Journal and Dade Bar Bulletin).
Jessica Rosenberg, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania, 2014)
Jessica Rosenberg specializes in early modern literature and culture, with a particular focus on the history of science and the history of the book. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge. An essay on husbandry and poetry is forthcoming in English Literary History, as are others in collections on Shakespeare and Hospitality (under contract with Routledge) and Ecological Approaches to Early Modern Literature (forthcoming from Ashgate.) She is currently working on a book project entitled Botanical Publics that explores the relationship between horticulture and reading practices in early modern England.
John Paul Russo, Ph.D. (Harvard, 1969)
Professor of English and Classics
Chair, Department of 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.
Associate Director of English Composition and Senior Lecturer
Areas of Interest: English Composition, Professional and Technical Writing, Technology and Digital Standards, Science Fiction
Adina Sanchez-Garcia received her M.A. from the University of Miami in 1992 (ABD 1993). In her teaching, she specializes in business and professional communication (ENG 230) as well as scientific and technical writing (ENG 107). Because of her interests in technology and digital standards, she recently chaired a Committee on Digital Standards and Practices and participated in a Faculty Learning Community on Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Literacy. She also serves as a Faculty-at-Large Member on the Board of Student Publications.
Patricia J. Saunders, Ph.D. (Pittsburgh, 1999)
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.
Peter Schmitt, M.F.A. (Iowa, 1983)
Senior Lecturer, Literature
Fields: Creative writing (poetry and fiction), American literature, British literature.
Peter Schmitt is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books), Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press). He has also published two chapbooks: Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear, both from Pudding House. Schmitt has received The Julia Peterkin Award in Poetry from Converse College; The Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets; The “Discovery”/The Nation Prize; is a two-time recipient of grants from The Florida Arts Council; and was awarded a Fellowship from The Ingram Merrill Foundation. His poems have been featured several times on NPR’s Writers Almanac, and his poem, “Packing Plant,” won The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival (CT) open competition. His work has appeared in many leading publications, including The Hopkins Review, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, and has been widely anthologized. A native Miamian, Schmitt has taught at The University of Miami since 1986.
Joshua Schriftman, M.F.A. (Pittsburgh)
Joshua Schriftman teaches composition and creative writing courses. He earned his MA in literature from Virginia Tech and his MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh. His recent fiction and essays have appeared in Flywheel Magazine, The Pinch, and The Ninth Letter. At the 2012 AWP conference he spoke on and organized a panel called "The Possibility of Post-Orientalist Writing," an idea central to many of his teaching and writing projects. Currently, he also tutors at the Writing Center and works in the Creative Writing Program as Community Outreach and Events Coordinator, and he runs civic-engagement designated courses with the Little Haiti Cultural Center.
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
Chelsea Skelley, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Chelsea Skelley received her MA from the Virginia Tech in 2011, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 2016. Her teaching and research interests include digital, material and spatial rhetorics, interface studies and human-computer interaction, and film and media studies. She teaches composition, professional and scientific writing and is an experienced grant writer.
Frank Stringfellow, Ph.D. (Cornell, 1988)
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
Mihoko Suzuki’s research and teaching focuses on Renaissance and early modern studies, English and continental, with a special emphasis on gender and authorship; early modern political thought and historiography; and the classical tradition.
She has published two authored books and eleven edited or coedited volumes and is an active participant in various professional societies. For detailed information on her work, please visit http://www.humanities.miami.edu/humanities/about/staff/msuzuki/
At the University of Miami, Professor Suzuki has directed nine Ph.D. dissertations, with two in progress. She also has served on a number of dissertation committees for the Departments of History and Modern Languages and Literatures, as well as for other universities.
Lindsay Thomas, Ph.D. (UC Santa Barbara, 2014)
Lindsay Thomas specializes in the digital humanities, media studies, and contemporary American literature. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Surveillance & Society, American Literature, Contemporary Literature, and American Literature in Transition: 2000-2010. Her current book project, Training for Catastrophe: Preparedness and the Management of the Future, argues that the media of the national security state train us to accept catastrophe as part of everyday life. She is also co-director of WhatEvery1Says, a computational text analysis project that explores the shape of contemporary public discourse on the value of the humanities.
Giovanni Turner, J.D. (University of Pennsylvania), M.A. (Virginia Tech)
Areas of Interest: Composition, Music Aesthetics, African American Literature
As a professor, author, and Co-Owner/In-House Counsel for the small arts entertainment boutique Disonancia, LLC, I am mostly concerned with the narrative. Embedded amongst all the facts and figures of any research paper, essay, or contract is the story of one of our neighbors. In Composition, Art Aesthetics, and Advanced Business Communication, I try to help students pull out that sotry and give it the prominence it deserves.
Josune Urbistondo, Ph.D. (University of Miami)
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Josie Urbistondo received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Miami after receiving her B.A. from Florida International University and her M.A. from New York University. Her research interests include Caribbean, Latino literatures and cultural studies. Currently, Josie is working on representations of the sacred within Latino literature and visual arts. She teaches ENG 105 and ENG 106, focusing on how literary and visual rhetoric imagine belonging for marginalized individuals in their respective communities. Prior to joining UM's English Composition, Josie taught developmental writing, composition, literature, and political science writing at City College of San Francisco, Barry, and FIU.
Kurt Voss-Hoynes, Ph.D. (University of Miami, 2014)
Kurt Voss-Hoynes received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 2014. His research and teaching interests include contemporary Irish, British, world, and American literature, poetry, and drama, Irish Studies, Composition, Urban Studies, and Border Studies.
John Wafer, Ph.D. Candidate (Indiana University at Pennsylvania)
John Wafer is currently obtaining his doctoral degree in Composition Studies at Indiana University at Pennsylvania ((IUP). His research interests include Composition and Disability Studies, Cognitive Neuroscience, Biocultural Literacy, Qualitative Research methodologies, Sports, Competition and Gender Roles, and How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Tim Watson, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1998)
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Tim Watson teaches 19th- and 20th-century literatures in English. He is the author of Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780-1870 (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-editor, with Candace Ward, of a new edition of the 1827 novel Hamel, the Obeah Man by Cynric R. Williams (Broadview Press, 2010). His second book, Culture Writing: Literature and Anthropology in the Mid-Century Atlantic World, 1945-1965, is complete and under contract to appear in the Oxford University Press series Modernist Literature and Culture in 2017.
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