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Faculty Directory

M.A. Literature Faculty

M.A. Literature Graduate Faculty

Suparno Banerjee, Associate Professor, B.A., M.A., Visva-Bharati University (India); Ph.D, Louisiana State University. Areas of specialization/interest: Postcolonial Literature, Culture, and Theory, Science Fiction, Utopian/Dystopian Literature and Film, World Literature.

Rebecca Louise Bell-Metereau, Professor, A.B., A.M., Ph.D, Indiana University. Areas of specialization/interest: Film, Drama, Rhetoric & Composition Theory, Gender Studies.

John Michael Blair, Professor, B.A., M.A., Florida State University; Ph.D, Tulane University. Areas of specialization/interest: Poetry, American (Southern) Literature, Poetic Theory & Practice, Creative Writing.

Mark Busby, Professor, B.A., M.A., Texas A&M University-Commerce; Ph.D, University of Colorado, Boulder. Areas of specialization/interest: Southwestern Literature and Film, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, especially Hemingway, Ellison, Fitzgerald, McCarthy, and 20th and 21st Century drama.

Allan Chavkin, Professor, B.A., Dickinson College, A.M., Ph.D, University of Illinois. Areas of specialization/interest: Modern American Literature.

Joe Falocco, Associate Professor, B.A., DePaul University; M.F.A., Roosevelt University; Ph.D, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Area of specialization/interest: Shakespeare in Performance.

Geneva M. Gano, Assistant Professor, B.A. Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles; Area of specialization/interest: Multiethnic American Literature, Modernist Studies, U.S. Women Writers.

Dickie Maurice Heaberlin, Professor, B.A., M.A., University of North Texas; Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin. Areas of specialization/interest: Southwestern Literature, Eighteenth Century English Literature, Editing, and Linguistics (syntax and history of the English Language).

Elvin Holt, Professor, B.S., Prairie View A&M College; M.A., Southwest Texas State University; Ph.D, University of Kentucky. Areas of specialization/interest: Autobiography, African American Literature and Culture, 19- & 20th-Century American Literature, African Literature.

William Jensen, Lecturer, B.A. University of South Carolina; M.F.A., Texas State University. Area of specialization/interest: Creative Writing (Fiction), American Literature, and Southwestern Studies

Roger Dean Jones, Professor, B.A., M.A., Sam Houston State University; Ph.D, Oklahoma State University. Areas of specialization/interest: Creative Writing (especially poetry), Pastoral Literature, Contemporary Literature, Japanese poetry.

Katie Kapurch, Assistant Professor, B.A., St. Edward’s University; M.A., Texas State University; Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin. Area of specialization/interest: Youth and Pop Culture, Popular Music and the Beatles, Girls’ Media Studies, Melodrama in Victorian Literature and Culture, Fairy Tales, Disney.

Kathryn Ledbetter, Professor, B.A., Southwest Missouri State University; M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Ph.D, University of South Carolina. Areas of specialization/interest: Victorian Literature, nineteenth-century British women writers, Victorian periodicals, and Victorian culture.

Daniel Thomas Lochman, Professor and Chair of the Department of English, B.A., M.A., Loyola University of Chicago; Ph.D, University of Wisconsin. Areas of specialization/interest: Renaissance Culture and Literature, Late Medieval Literature, Spenser, Milton, and Cognitive Theory.

Kathleen McClancy, Assistant Professor, B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D, Duke University. Areas of specialization/interest: Film, Comics, Media Studies, Post-1945 Literature, Popular Culture.

Jaime Armin Mejía, Associate Professor, B.A., University of North Texas; M.A., Pan American University Ph.D, The Ohio State University. Areas of specialization/interest: Rhetoric and Composition, Chicanx Literature, 20th Century British & American Literature.

Susan Morrison, Professor, B.A., Swarthmore College; A.M., Ph.D, Brown University. Areas of specialization/interest: Anglo-Saxon Language, Literature & Culture, Women Writers of the Middle-Ages, Chaucer, non-Chaucerian Pilgrimage Literature, Environmental Humanities.

Marilynn Strasser Olson, Professor, B.A., Michigan State University; M.A., Ph.D, Duke University. Areas of specialization/interest: Children's Literature, Illustrated Literature, Young Adult Literature, Early Modernism.

Sara A. Ramirez, Assistant Professor, BA, University of Notre Dame; MA, The University of Texas at San Antonio; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. Areas of specialization: Chicana/o Literature, Art, and Culture; Decolonial Feminist Theory; Gender/Queer Studies; Trauma Studies.

James Bryant Reeves, Assistant Professor, BA, Texas Tech University; MS, University of Oxford (St. Edmund Hall); MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. Area of specialization/interest: 18th-Century British Literature, Satire, Secularization, and Postcolonialism.

Teya Rosenberg, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies and M.A. Literature Program; B.A., Memorial University of Newfoundland; M.A., Carleton University; Ph.D, University of Alberta. Areas of specialization/interest: Children's Literature (19th and 20th century fantasy, picture books), Fantasy, Folklore and Mythology, Australian and Canadian Literature.

Leah Schwebel, Assistant Professor, B.A., M.A.. McGill University; Ph.D, University of Connecticut. Area of specialization/emphasis: Medieval Literature, Chaucer, Classics.

Elizabeth Penley Skerpan-Wheeler, Professor, A.B., Miami University; M.A., Ph.D, University of Wisconsin. Area of interest/specialization: Milton, 17th Century Poetry & Prose, History of Rhetoric.

Victoria L. Smith, Associate Professor, B.A., Pomona College; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D, University of California at Santa Cruz. Area of interest/specialization: Gender/Queer Studies, the Modern Novel, Film and Television, Literary and Cultural Theory.

Robert Tally, Professor, A.B., Duke University; M.A., Ph.D, University of Pittsburgh; J.D., Duke University. Area of specialization/interest: American Literature (especially 19th and 20th Centuries), Literary Criticism and Theory, World Literature

Graeme Wend-Walker, Associate Professor, B.A., Flinders University; B.A. (Hons), Ph.D, Macquarie University. Area of specialization/interest: Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Critical Theory and Practice. Postsecularism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

Julie McCormick Weng, Assistant Professor, BA, MA, Texas A&M University; PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Area of specialization/interest: 20th-21st Century British Literature, Irish Studies, Modernism, Postcolonial Studies, Science and Technology, Gender and Women's Studies.

Nancy Wilson, Associate Professor, B.A. University of Oklahoma; M.A. Texas State University; Ph.D, University of Texas at San Antonio. Area of interest/specialization: Rhetoric and Composition, Women and Rhetoric, World Literature.

Steve Wilson, Professor, B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Texas Christian University; M.F.A., Wichita State University. Areas of specialization/interest: Creative Writing (poetry), Beat Literature, The American Transcendentalists, Irish Literature.