Amy E. Martin

Professor of English and Chair; Faculty Director for SAW

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Amy E. Martin

Samuel Ace

Visiting Lecturer in English

Nigel Alderman

Associate Professor of English & Director of Studies for the Department

Christopher Benfey

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English, on leave Fall 2016/Spring 2017

Christopher Benfey teaches American literature, specializing in Emily Dickinson and cultural relations between the United States and Asia. He is the author of four books about the American Gilded Age; A Summer of Hummingbirds won the 2009 Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa. He writes for The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Benfey has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2016, he won an NEH Public Scholar Award to research Rudyard Kipling and America.

Kimberly Juanita Brown

Assistant Professor of English

Kimberly Juanita Brown's research engages the site of the visual as a way to negotiate the parameters of race, gender, and belonging.  Her book, The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press) examines slavery’s profound ocular construction and the presence and absence of seeing in relation to the plantation space and the women who exist there. She is currently at work on her second book, tentatively titled “Their Dead Among Us: Photography, Melancholy, and the Politics of the Visual.”  This project examines images of the dead in The New York Times in 1994 from four geographies: South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan, and Haiti. 

Iyko Day

Associate Professor of English & Chair of Critical Social Thought

Iyko Day's research and teaching focus on race, capitalism, settler colonialism and Asian American literature and visual culture. She is the author of Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism (Duke University Press, 2016).

Iyko Day

Corinne M. Demas

Professor of English

Leah Glasser

Dean of Studies and Lecturer in English

Andrea Lawlor

Visiting Lecturer in English

Andrea Lawlor teaches ESOL and Creative Writing, with a special interest in Queer and Trans Writing. Lawlor's publications include a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016) and a novel forthcoming in 2017, Paul Takes the Guise of a Mortal Girl (Rescue Press). Lawlor also edits fiction for Fence, and has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs.

Andrea Lawlor Visiting Lecturer in English

Catherine S. Manegold

Visiting Senior Lecturer in English

Valerie Martin

Professor of English, on leave Spring 2017

Katherine O'Callaghan

Visiting Lecturer in English

Amy Rodgers

Assistant Professor of English

Amy Rodgers specializes in Early Modern Literature and Culture; Literary Theory; Audience Studies; Mass Culture and Popular Culture Studies; Film Studies; Medieval Drama; Contemporary Drama; and Playwriting and Dance History

Amy Rodgers Assistant Professor of English

Suparna Roychoudhury

Assistant Professor of English

Mark C. Shea

Lecturer in English; ESOL Coordinator
Mark Shea

Kate Singer

Associate Professor of English, Co-Chair of Conceptual Foundations of Science, on leave Spring 2017
Kate Singer

Sally Sutherland

Senior Lecturer in English

Sally Sutherland teaches courses in Shakespeare, early modern and modern drama, adaptations of plays to film, medicine in literature, and health humanities. She has published on Jacobean revenge tragedy and medieval cycle plays. Before returning to the full-time faculty in 2013, she served Mount Holyoke in a number of administrative capacities: first-year dean, dean of studies, associate dean of faculty, and senior advisor to the president.

Sally Sutherland

Donald Weber

Lucia, Ruth and Elizabeth MacGregor Professor of English

Donald Weber’s teaching and research interests include American literature, Multi-ethnic literature, South African literature and culture, and, most recently, the imaginative landscape of contemporary multicultural London. He is currently working on two large projects: a book mapping contemporary Jewish American literature and popular culture; and a book, titled The Anxiety of Belonging, about the fraught relation between “identity” and citizenship in contemporary British and Western European literature and film. He has just returned from a sabbatical as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London.

Donald Weber

Elizabeth Young

Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English, Chair of Film, Film Studies Steering Committee

Elizabeth Young teaches courses on American literature, women’s writing, film, and visual culture. Her courses often focus on intersections among gender, race, and sexuality in U.S. culture and on combinations of literary and visual materials. Her scholarly research includes the books Black Frankenstein: The Making of an American Metaphor and Disarming the Nation: Women’s Writing and the American Civil War. Her current book project is on the representation of animals in nineteenth-century novels, taxidermy, and other cultural forms.

Elizabeth Young

Wesley Chihyung Yu

Associate Professor of English & Chair of Medieval Studies
Wesley Chihyung Yu


Cynthia Meehan

Academic Department Coordinator


Peter Berek

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: Shakespeare; English Renaissance literature. Phone: 413-253-9166

Frank Brownlow

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: Shakespeare; English Renaissance literature

Carolyn P. Collette

Professor Emeritus of English and Medieval Studies

Carolyn Collete's specialties include: Late Medieval Anglo-French culture; Chaucer; Multilingualism in later medieval England; Cilician Armenia; Semiotic theory; Christine de Pizan; Women writers of the Renaissance; nineteenth-century fiction

Joanne V. Creighton

Five College Fortieth Professor of English; President Emeritus of the College
Joanne Creighton

Virginia Ellis

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: 19th-century poetry; British literature; Victorian Novel, especially Dickens and Eliot; Beckett; Greek tragedy; Joseph Conrad

John Lemly

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: American literature; late 19th century through early 20th century literature; women writers; nature writing; women's autobiography and biography.

Mary McHenry

Professor Emeritus of English

William Quillian

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: 19th and 20th century British literature; History of criticism and critical theory; 20th century British, American and world fiction (in translation); Science Fiction; Computers and literature

Robert B. Shaw

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: Poetry writing; modern British and American poetry; 17th century literature; 20th century American Southern writing

Robert Shaw