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Students working toward a PhD receive focused attention in our small and rigorous department.

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English majors study a broad sampling of literature from different historical periods and national contexts.

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Our faculty's specialties range from early modern to contemporary, with particular strengths in critical theory and interdisciplinary approaches to literature.

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Professor Nadia Nurhussein Featured in The Atlantic

Professor and Mary Elizabeth Garrett Chair in Arts and Sciences Nadia Nurhussein has been mentioned in an article in The Atlantic. Her book, Black Land: Imperial Ethiopianism and African America, […]

Associate Professor Jeanne-Marie Jackson wins award

Associate Professor of English and ELH Senior Editor Jeanne-Marie Jackson has been awarded Honorable Mention for this year’s Book of the Year – Scholarship Prize from the African Literature Association, […]

Undergraduate Sabrina Li wins Senior Essay Prize

It is the English department’s pleasure to announce Sabrina Li has won the 2023 Senior Essay prize for her essay “Unstable Bodies, Unstable Texts.” Made possible by a generous gift […]