Program Faculty

Louis Bastien, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Department of English
Medieval and Renaissance literature; Modernism; romance genre; mythology and religion.
Tel: 508-793-7148

Elizabeth Blake, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Dr. Blake's research focuses on the ways queer pleasure is represented in modernist literature, and how those representations come to reshape existing literary forms. She is also interested in the relationship between modernism and popular forms of cultural production, including cookbooks, dinner theatre, genre fiction, and women’s middlebrow fiction.

James Elliott, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English
Nineteenth-century American literature; textual editing; contemporary literary theory
Tel: 1-508-793-7152

Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein '64 Distinguished Professor
Dr. Huang researches and teaches representations of ethnic identities and politics in 20th-century American literature and popular culture. Her scholarship focuses on literary treatments of ethnicity in narratives about immigration, assimilation, and citizenship, and she is particularly interested in the ways in which the "ethnic" and the "American" persist as mutually exclusive terms in the American cultural consciousness. She also investigates the affinities between ethnic literature and science fiction, two bodies of work that, in her view, share similar critical and theoretical aims in their treatments of social, biological, and cultural difference.
Tel: 508-793-7145

Esther Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty; E. Franklin Frazier Chair in African American Literature, Theory, and Culture
Dr. Jones specializes in the study of black women writers in the Americas, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, class, and nationality and theorizations of difference. She has a particular interest in speculative literatures and science fiction by feminists and writers of color, and how such texts attempt to theorize and/or critique how difference operates within contemporary culture.
Tel: 1-508-793-7141

Lisa Kasmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair (fall 2018), Department of English
Dr. Kasmer specializes in gender studies and women's writing in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She is particularly interested in the way in which the sociopolitical milieu and print culture between 1760-1840 shaped gender politics in Britain. Some of her courses include Making Gender in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Gender and Genre in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, Jane Austen in Contemporary Culture, and The Terror of the Gothic.
Tel: 508-793-7136

Stephen M. Levin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Director of Graduate Studies in English
Dr. Levin specializes in contemporary British and postcolonial literature, transnational cultural studies, and critical and literary theory. His research focuses on the ways in which twentieth-century global conditions have shaped contemporary culture and produced new discourses of self and identity. Dr. Levin teaches introductory and advanced courses on Anglophone world fiction, contemporary British literature, English poetry, and cultural studies and social theory. His recent courses have included "Fictions of Empire," "Contemporary British Fiction and Culture," and "Webs and Labyrinths: Imagining Globalization in Literature."
Tel: 508-793-7147

Meredith Neuman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History; Director, Higgins School of Humanities
Early and antebellum American literature; Puritan literature, religion early modern literature; poetry, poetry performance, manuscript and "amateur" poetry; book history, manuscript culture, material textuality, American print culture.
Personal Web Site
Tel: 508-793-7298

Adjunct Faculty

Michael Bamberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology; Adjunct Professor, Department of English
Associate Dean of the College and Director of the Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Qualitative inquiry, identity, discourse, and narrative
Tel: 508-793-7135

Gino DiIorio, M.F.A.
Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Adjunct Professor, Department of English; Director, Theater Arts Program; Chair of the Faculty
Program Director for Theater Arts, Acting in film and theater; writing plays and screenplays
Tel: 508-793-7456

Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Hiatt School of Psychology
Cultural organization of mental and effective processes in human development across the whole life span. Psychology's history as a resource of ideas for contemporary advancement of the discipline. Theoretical models of how human beings are carriers of culture.

Department Instructors

Jessica Bane Robert, M.F.A.
Creative Writing Faculty

Bruce Borowsky, M.A.

Michael Carolan, M.F.A.
Creative Writing Faculty

Timothy Connolly, M.A.

Jonathan Dickstein, Ph.D.

Joan Houlihan, M.A.
Creative Writing Faculty

Robin McLean, M.F.A.
Creative Writing Faculty

Karen Osborn, M.F.A.
Creative Writing Faculty

Kate Perillo, M.A., M.A.T.

Jennifer Plante, M.A.
Director of Writing Center & Writing Program
Tel: 508-793-7469

Kourtney Senquiz, M.A., M.A.T.
Kourtney Senquiz is a Ph.D. candidate in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a M.A. and B.A. in Afro-American Studies from the same department. Kourtney received a M.A.T. at Elms College and studied at The University of Ghana, Legon. While in Ghana, Kourtney helped launch Madamfo; a program that encourages international students to volunteer their time to tutor and raise educational funds for the children of Medina in exchange for university credits. Kourtney has also taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Holyoke Community College. Currently, Kourtney’s dissertation focuses on literary representations of the African American Gothic Double in the work of African American writers of the 19th and 20th century.

Lucilia Valerio, Ph.D.

Visiting Faculty

Dianne Berg, M.A.

Emeriti Faculty

SunHee Gertz, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita and Senior Research Scholar, Department of English
Tel: 508-793-7152

Serena S. Hilsinger, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, English
Modernist literature; literature by women

Fern Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English
Dr. Johnson is a sociolinguist specializing in the study of ethnicity, race, and gender in discourse. Her teaching and research center on the relationship of cultural systems to language-in-use, especially ideological codes in discourse and language policy issues. She has written on topics including cultural models for understanding language diversity, language policy, gender and discourse, and the language of advertising as cultural text.
Tel: 1-508-793-7142

Virginia Mason Vaughan, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of English
Early modern English literature, especially Shakespeare and his contemporaries
Tel: 508-793-7144