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Faculty & Staff

The Department of English has 21 full-time faculty members who have combined to create a vibrant intellectual community. In addition to literary scholars and critics, the faculty includes poets, novelists, biographers, linguists and specialists in English education. Committed to their students and their individual disciplines, they represent an array of scholarly approaches and methodologies, each devoted to the written word. Among the honors given to English faculty in recent years are two CASE New Jersey Professor of the Year awards, the Rona Jaffe Foundation award, a Guggenheim award, and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Faculty Profiles

Juda Charles Bennett

Juda Charles Bennett

Department Chair, Professor

Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2380

Bliss Hall 239

David Blake


19th and 20th century U.S. literature, creative nonfiction

Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-3048

Bliss Hall 226

Jo Carney

Jo Carney

English Graduate Program Coordinator, Professor

Shakespeare, Early Modern Literature and History, the Literary Fairy Tale

University of Iowa (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-3047

Bliss Hall 131

Ellen Friedman

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Modern American Literature, Gender and Literature, Literary Theory, Representations of the Holocaust

New York University (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2658

Bliss Hall 234

Jean Graham


Early Modern Literature and History, Milton, Metaphysical Poetry

Case Western Reserve University (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-3233

Bliss Hall 135

Harriet Hustis


Brown University (M.A., Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2632

Bliss Hall 201

Cassandra Jackson

Cassandra Jackson


Emory University (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2687

Bliss Hall 219

Lincoln Konkle


Thornton Wilder, American Drama, Classical to Contemporary Drama, Bruce Springsteen

Board Member of the Edward Albee Society and Thornton Wilder Society

University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2346

Bliss Hall 223

Larry McCauley

Larry McCauley

Assistant Professor

19th-century British Literature and Ecocriticism

University of Iowa (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2584

Bliss Hall 230

Mindi McMann

Associate Professor

Contemporary and British Anglophone Literature

University of California (Ph.D.)

(609) 771- 2918

Bliss Hall 224

Emily Meixner

Associate Professor

Coordinator of English Secondary Education Program

Young Adult Literature, Teacher Identity Development, Reading and Writing Pedagogy

University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2686

Bliss Hall 217

Jia-Yan Mi

Associate Professor

Comparative and Asian American Literature, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Visual and Film Studies

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of California at Davis (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2468

Bliss Hall 218

Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle


20th century American literature, Autobiography studies, Multi-ethnic & Inter-American literary studies, Latin American literature

Wayne State University (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-3231//(609) 771-3086

Bliss Hall 130//229

Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson


19th-century American and British literature,
Utopian/Dystopian literature

Princeton University (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-3399

Bliss Hall 231

Catie Rosemurgy

Catie Rosemurgy


Poetry, Creative Writing, Contemporary Literature

University of Alabama (M.F.A.)

(609) 771-2559

Bliss Hall 215

Jess Row

Jess Row

Creative Writing Program Coordinator, Associate Professor

Creative Writing (Fiction), Contemporary American and World Literature, Narrative and Novel Theory

University of Michigan (M.F.A.)

(609) 771-2363

Bliss Hall 212

Felicia Jean Steele

Assistant Professor

History of the English Language, Old and Middle English Language and Literature, Medievalism

University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2698

Bliss Hall 207

Glenn Steinberg

Glenn Steinberg


Medieval and Renaissance literature, Chaucer, Dante, Spenser, Reception Theory, Bourdieu

Indiana University (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2106

Bliss Hall 128

Michele Lise Tarter

Michele Lise Tarter


Early American Literature, Women’s Autobiography, Quaker Studies

University of Colorado/Boulder (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-3115

Bliss Hall 222

David Venturo

David Venturo


English Literature 1600-1850, Popular Culture, Genre Theory

Harvard University (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-2155

Bliss Hall 220

Piper Kendrix Williams

Piper Kendrix Williams

Associate Professor

African American Literature, African Diaspora Literature, and Caribbean Women’s Literature

Rutgers University (Ph.D.)

(609) 771-3113

Social Sciences 335

Part-Time Faculty

Wilbur H Sowder Jr.Wilbur H Sowder Jr.

Assistant Professor of English and Education

The Rutgers Graduate School of Education (M.Ed.)

Middlebury College – The Bread Loaf School of English (M.A.)


Bliss 216

Diane Steinberg

Diane Steinberg

Interim Associate Chair, Assistant Professor of English

Medieval and Early Modern European Lit, British Romanticism, Linguistics

Sigma Tau Delta chapter sponsor

St. John’s College (M.A.) Indiana University (M.A.)

(609) 771-2113

Bliss 211


Emeritus Faculty

Bernard Bearer (
Mary Biggs (
James Brazell (
Paul Cruser (
William DeMeritt (
Lahna Diskin (
Frank Erath (
Frank Hannold (
Lee Harrod (
Milton Levin (
David McGrail
Alexander Liddie (
Robert Mehlman (
Thomas Murray (
Barry Novick (
Lynn Waterhouse (
Peter Wood (

Office Staff

Program Assistant, Michelle Ordini

Graduate Assistants, 2019-2020 Academic Year
LaToya Pegram
Heather Haase- Research Assistant

Graduate Assistants, 2018-2019 Academic Year
LaToya Pegram
Jordan Virgil- Research Assistant

Graduate Assistants, 2017-2018 Academic Year
Shirley Panjabi
LaToya Pegram
Rachel Atkins – Research Assistant