News & Announcements Archive


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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).


The English Department Welcomes Prof. Nadia Nurhussein

The English Department is delighted to welcome our new colleague, Associate Professor Nadia Nurhussein. Professor Nurhussein joins us from the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she taught for several years after receiving her PhD. From UC Berkeley. She will also be teaching in the Center for Africana Studies. Professor Nurhussein’s first […]


New Book by Prof. Jesse Rosenthal

Good Form: The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel argues that Victorian readers associated the feeling of narrative form—of being pulled forward to a satisfying conclusion—with inner moral experience.