Ana Acosta, associate professor; Ph.D., Columbia. Acosta's teaching and research interests include Restoration and 18th-century literature; early modern women writers; critical theory of the 18th century; comparative literature of the Enlightenment (British, French, German, Spanish); libertine fiction; religion, science and enlightenment; dictionaries, encyclopedias, and Biblical translation and interpretation; peninsular and Latin American literature; utopias. She is co-author of Literature: A World of Writing (Longman, 2010).
Bayoumi, professor; Ph.D., Columbia. Author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin), and co-editor of The Edward
Said Reader (Vintage) Bayoumi is a specialist in post-colonial literature
and in literary theory. He has published essays on literature, music,
history, architecture, and politics in Transition, The Yale
Journal of Criticism, Souls, Arab Studies Quarterly, Interventions, Amerasia, Middle East Report, The
Village Voice, The London Review of Books, and other publications.
He served a three-year term on the National Council of the American Studies
Association, and is currently an editorial committee member of Middle
Brooks, professor and deputy chair for administration; Ph.D., New
York University. Brooks specializes in second language composition, applied
linguistics, interdisciplinary collaboration on linked courses, and content-based
instruction. She has written Making Peace, a textbook centered
on global community, "Evaluating ESL Writing" (in Dialogue
on Writing, ed. DeLuca, et al), and presented on a number of topics,
including "Teaching Strategies for ESL Students in the Composition
and Literature Classroom." In addition to serving as deputy for the
ESL Program, she facilitated a faculty development seminar on Writing
Across the Curriculum.
M. Brownstein, professor; Ph.D., Yale. Brownstein is the author of Becoming a Heroine: Reading about Women in Novels (1982), Tragic
Muse: Rachel of the Comedie-Francaise (1993), and Why Jane Austen? (2013), as well as numerous
essays and reviews. She teaches 19th century
literature, women's studies, and biography in the English Ph.D. Program
and the Liberal Studies Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as at Brooklyn College.
Davis, professor and deputy chair for graduate studies; Ph.D., Indiana University. Davis,
who also teaches in the American Studies Program, has published essays
on Henry James and Ida B. Wells, a book about the intersection of race
and emergent U.S. consumer culture entitled Commerce in Color (University
of Michigan Press, 2007), and Eric Walrond: A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Caribbean Diaspora (Columbia Univ Press, 2015). He is a recipient of a fellowship for 2008-2009
at the Leon Levy Center for the Study of Biography at the CUNY Graduate
Elsky, professor; Ph.D., Columbia. Elsky
is articles editor of Renaissance Quarterly and former Coordinator
of the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program at the CUNY Graduate Center.
He has published on Renaissance devotional literature, Humanist language
theory, Early Modern print culture, and the ideology of the Renaissance
country house. A contributor to the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, he has published essays and book chapters on Donne, Milton, Jonson, Bacon,
Herbert, Burton, and Vives. He is currently at work on two projects: German emigre scholars, especially
Erich Auerbach, and the formation of US medieval-renaissance literary
criticism, and the material history of Early Modern English domestic architecture
and personal consciousness in sixteenth and seventeenth-century poetry
Entin, associate professor; Ph.D., Yale. His primary interests include
American literature, cultural studies, visual culture, and the arts of
social protest. He is the author of Sensational Modernism: Experimental
Fiction and Photography in Thirties America (University of North Carolina
Press, 2007) and co-editor of Controversies in the Classroom: A Radical
Teacher Reader (Teachers College Press, forthcoming). His essays and
reviews have appeared in The Yale Journal of Criticism, Novel, American Quarterly, New Labor Forum, Radical Teacher, Workplace, and The Novel and the American Left (University
of Iowa Press, 2004).
W. Fairey, professor; Ph.D., Columbia. Fairey teaches courses in nineteenth-
and twentieth-century British, American, and Anglophone literature, especially
the novel, in women's studies, and in creative writing, among other fields.
Her essays on George Eliot, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, and on women's
biography and autobiography, have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly
Review and the Journal of English and Germanic Philology. She
has a particular interest in Indian (South Asian) English fiction and
contemporary transnational texts. She is the author Full House (SMU Press), a collection of short stories, and One of the Family (W.W. Norton), a family memoir. Her current project, a work that combines
personal narrative and literary criticism, is entitled From Orphan
to Immigrant: Life Lived in Fiction.
Jason Frydman, associate professor, Ph.D. Columbia. Frydman is author of Sounding the Break: African American and Caribbean Routes of World Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2013). His teaching and research interests include Caribbean, African diaspora, U.S. ethnic and world literatures; critical race theory; global modernism; dancehall and Jamaican cultural studies; Arabic slave narratives and new world Orientalism.
Gonsalves, professor; Ph.D. The CUNY Graduate Center. His
major interests include linguistics, semantics, the philosophy of language,
and the West Indian novel. He has published on such topics as "The
mental representation of word meaning," and "Locke's definitional
semantics." He has been a participant in NEH summer seminars on such
topics as "Language and Man" and "Reference; Language and
Harrison, professor, M.A., Cambridge. Harrison is the
author of many novels, including Richard's Feet, Cley,
and Egon, which have been translated into nine languages, and
plays for stage, radio, and television. He has directed Elizabethan,
Jacobean and contemporary drama at the Royal National Theatre of Great
Britain, the Arts Theatre, Cambridge, and elsewhere. Of his own dramatic
writings, his 100th play to be recorded in a UK studio was broadcast
S. King, associate professor, Ph.D., New York University. King's research
and teaching interests include Caribbean and African literature and culture,
as well as sexuality, carnival, and performance studies. Her published
articles include "Sex and Sexuality in English Caribbean Novels
A Survey from 1950," "Sheep and Goats Together Interracial
Relationships from Black Men's Perspectives," and "Dressing
Down: Male Transvestism in Two Caribbean Carnivals." King's poetry
has appeared in over a dozen journals and anthologies, and she recently
held a Fulbright Fellowship in The Gambia, West Africa.
Patricia Laurence, professor, Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center. Her teaching and research areas include twentieth and twenty-first century British, Irish and Anglophone literatures; Virginia Woolf; Bloomsbury; Comparative Modernisms and History of the Novel. She is the author of The Reading of Silence: Virginia Woolf in the English Tradition and Lily Briscoe’s Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism and China. She is a frequent reviewer for Review of Contemporary Fiction, and has recently served as a member of the MLA Twentieth-Century Literature Division Executive Committee. She is currently at work on a biography of Elizabeth Bowen, and recipient of a Mellon Foundation Grant for research at the Harry Ransom Center.
Masciandaro, professor, Ph.D. Yale. A specialist in medieval
literature, Masciandaro is the author of The Voice of the Hammer: The
Meaning of Work in Middle English Literature (Notre Dame, 2007) as
well as articles and essays on the animal/human boundary, eros, sorrow,
and mysticism. His current book project is entitled The One with a
Hand: Labor, Embodiment, and the Animal/Human Boundary. Masciandaro
is editor and founder of the online journal Glossator: Practice and
Theory of the Commentary.
Minter, lecturer; Ph.D., Harvard. General interest in American
literature from the Puritan era to the current century. Other, specific
interests: the Enlightenment and related literary modes (Romanticism,
the Gothic, etc.); the traditions of English lyric poetry, chiefly from
Spenser to Stevens; Aestheticism and Decadence; Queer Representation and
Theory; boys and boyhood as literary subjects; Literature, History, and
New Historicism; Biography and Autobiography; Opera and Film. Has written
on the cultural importance of boyhood before and after the American Civil
War, and other topics in American literature through the 19th Century.
Janet Moser, professor and Director of Freshman
Composition; Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center. Her most recent articles focus on topics in composition (personalizing the research paper), on the use of examples from the rhetoric of canonical literature as models for analysis and imitation in basic composition courses (Proust, Nabokov), and on the use of electronic resources to integrate socially, culturally and historically relevant sounds and images into the study of literature (using the arts to teach Proust; the modern city in Balzac and Dostoevsky).
Martha Nadell, associate professor; Ph.D., Harvard. A specialist
in African-American literature, her book Enter The New Negroes: Images of Race in
American Culture (Harvard UP, 2004) examines image-text relationships in the Harlem
Renaissance. She also teaches and writes about literary representations of Brooklyn.
Jonathan Nissenbaum, assistant professor; Ph.D., M.I.T. His research, which has been funded by the NIH/NIDCD as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Fonds de recherche du Québec Société et culture, focuses on syntax and semantics: the abstract structures that are formed subconsciously during language comprehension and production, and how these structures help determine sentence meaning. He is also interested in phonetic representation, and has a project that uses MRI to capture the movements of vocal articulators during speech production. His work has appeared in journals such as Natural Language Semantics and Linguistic Inquiry.
Patkowski, professor, and Director of the Linguistics Program; Ph.D.,
New York University. His major interests include linguistics, applied
linguistics, second language acquisition, and semiotics. His research
has been published in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Language
Learning, IRAL: International Review of Applied Linguistics,
and TESOL Quarterly, and in edited volumes such as Child-Adult
Differences in Second-Language Acquisition, First and Second Language
Phonology, and Mainstreaming: Case Studies in TESOL Practice Series.
He has also received a Fulbright lecturing award in linguistics and recently
taught at the University of Paris-8.
Tanya Pollard, professor; Ph.D., Yale. Her Research and teaching interests include Shakespeare, early modern drama, Greek drama, genre theory, theater in performance, literature and science, early modern mind/body relations, history of medicine, science, and gender. She is the author of Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England (Oxford UP, 2005), the editor of Shakespeare’s Theater: a Sourcebook (Blackwell, 2003), and the editor (with Katharine Craik) of Shakespearean Sensations: Experiencing Theater in Early Modern England (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2013).
W.J.Reeves, professor, Ph.D., Notre Dame. He has written about time and drugs in The Maltese Falcon, co-won the Ohaus award for an essay The Hard-Boiled Chemical Detective, and published three gritty E-books. He's at work on his latest novel The Blonde with Half a Face. His neo-noir screenplay Betrayal in Brooklyn is circulating in Tinseltown (film clip at YouTube).
Marie Rutkoski, associate professor; Ph.D., Harvard. Rutkoski teaches courses in English Renaissance literature and history, children’s literature, and fiction writing. She has published articles on children in English Renaissance drama in Studies in English Literature and Criticism. Her published novels for children and young adults include The Cabinet of Wonders (Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux 2008) and The Celestial Globe (Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux 2010).
Siegel, assistant professor; M.S., Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, M.A. Teachers College. She is both a journalist and a teacher educator. She has published articles about education, the arts and social issues in journals such as Schools Watch, The Village Voice, and Harvard Magazine. She has worked as a managing editor both at The Bergen Record, the second largest newspaper in New Jersey, and for Electronic Learning. Currently, she is working on a project on the history of the Jews in the Caribbean. Her own teaching was the subject of Small Victories by Samuel G. Freedman, which was nominated for a National Book Award.
Steel, associate professor; Ph.D., Columbia. A medievalist, Steel's
research focuses on relationships between humans and animals. He has published
on the dominant medieval conception of being human ("How to Make
a Human," in Exemplaria 20 (2008): 3-27), and has articles forthcoming
on the deliciousness of human flesh in medieval anthropophagy narratives
(in Fragments for a History of a Vanishing Humanism (Ohio UP))
and on Shakespeare's short elegy, "The Phoenix and Turtle" (in
the anthology Shakesqueer (Duke UP)). He participates in the medievalist
blog "In the Middle" (jjcohen.blogspot.com).
Tremper, professor and chair of the English Department; Ph.D., Harvard.
Specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British poetry and fiction,
Tremper has published many articles on Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and
children's literature and is the author of "Who Lived at Alfoxton?":
Virginia Woolf and English Romanticism (Bucknell University Press)
and I'm No Angel: The Blonde in Film and Fiction (University of Virginia Press, 2006).
Vassileva, associate professor; Ph.D., Emory University. Her major areas of interest are twentieth-century
English and East European literatures, Romanticism, and contemporary literary
criticism. She has contributed to journals such as Studies in the Humanities, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, Studies
in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, The College Language
Association Journal, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, World Literature Today, and others. She is currently working on
her book Reference, Trauma, and History: The Testimonies of American
and Russian Postmodernisms.
Viscusi, professor; Ph.D., New York University. Viscusi has published a critical study entitled Max
Beerbohm, or the Dandy Dante: Rereading with Mirrors (Johns Hopkins
UP, 1986), the novel Astoria (Guernica, 1995; American Book Award
1996), the long poem An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher
Columbus (VIA Folios, 1993), a poetry collection entitled A New
Geography of Time (Guernica , 2004), a critical history entitled Buried
Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing (SUNY Press,
2006), and numerous essays on Italian American literature and culture.
He is a Broeklundian Professor, an executive officer of the Wolfe Institute
for the Humanities, the president of the Italian American Writers Association,
and he has held fellowships from the NEH and the Calandra Italian American