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The Department of English Hosts First Graduate Showcase

The English Department held its first Graduate Showcase on May 7, 2018. Proposed as an opportunity to give graduate students a platform on which to share current research, presenters and audience members alike received the event with great enthusiasm. Split into two sessions, eight graduate students presented or pre-circulated working conference papers and forthcoming dissertation […]


Senior English Major Receives Fulbright Award

The English Department is proud to announce Will Theodorou, Undergraduate Senior, is the recipient of a Fulbright Award overseen by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to teach English in a Bulgarian secondary school. The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the […]


English Department Faculty Member Doug Mao Receives Award

The English Department is proud to announce Prof. Doug Mao is the recipient of this year’s Faculty Graduate Teaching/Mentoring Award. A student nominator wrote “Doug is a fascinating and engaging classroom presence. He also taught me in word and example how to build a career: how to navigate conferences and symposia, how to connect to […]


Lecturer Aliza Watters Receives Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award

The English Department is proud to announce Aliza Watters, Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program, has earned this year’s title of Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award. “Professor Watters has pushed the boundaries of our Expository Writing class in an engaging, thought-provoking manner, daring us to question the limits of creative nonfiction and grapple with text like […]


Anti-Music: Jazz and Racial Blackness in German Thought Between the Wars

Examines how African American jazz music was received in Germany both as a racial and cultural threat and as a partner in promoting the rise of Nazi totalitarian cultural politics. Anti-Music examines the critical, literary, and political responses to African American jazz music in interwar Germany. During this time, jazz was the subject of overt […]


Graduate Seminar Chronicles Frederick Douglass’s Time in Maryland

Before Frederick Douglass became a world-famous abolitionist, orator, and writer, he worked as a slave on plantations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in Baltimore shipyards. Students in the Prof. Lawrence Jackson’s graduate English seminar “Mapping Frederick Douglass” researched and visited regional sites of significance in the young slave’s life, plotting the locations on digital maps […]


Lawrence Jackson’s Chester B. Himes Receives Glowing New York Times Review

Chester Himes book cover

In the book review, the New York Times declares Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Lawrence Jackson’s research “unimpeachable.” Chester B. Himes: A Biography is “neatly written and accessible, without cheap tricks to build suspense or sway readers’ opinions.”


The English Department Welcomes Prof. Christopher Cannon

The English department is delighted to welcome Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Christopher Cannon to Johns Hopkins. Christopher Cannon works on medieval literature and, in particular, the emergence of ‘English literature’ as a meaningful category. He has traced that emergence conceptually (in the intellectual contexts in which it developed), philologically (in the history of English) and, comparatively […]


Chester B. Himes: A Biography

The definitive biography of the groundbreaking African American author who had an extraordinary legacy on black writers globally. Chester B. Himes has been called “one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition” (Henry Louis Gates Jr.), “the best writer of mayhem yarns since Raymond Chandler” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “a quirky American genius” […]


Prof. Thompson Discusses New Book on Kafka and Blackness

The latest issue of the Johns Hopkins Magazine features an interview with Professor Mark Thompson about his new book, Kafka’s Blues: Figurations of Racial Blackness in the Construction of an Aesthetic (Northwestern University Press, 2016).