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Faculty

Elizabeth Young

Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English; Chair of English

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,  Disarming the Nation: Women’s Writing and the American Civil War, and Pet Projects:  Animal Fiction and Taxidermy in the Nineteenth-Century Archive.

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Samuel Ace

Visiting Lecturer in English

Samuel Ace is a poet, sound artist and photographer. Widely published, he is the winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writers and Firecracker Alternative Book awards, as well as a two-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and National Poetry Series. His first two books will be republished by the Belladonna* Cooperative in 2018. A new collection, Our Weather Our Sea, is forthcoming from Black Radish Books. Research interests include LGBTIQ poetry, 20th and 21st century poetry, experimental and hybrid forms.

Samuel Ace

Nigel Alderman

Associate Professor of English; on leave spring 2021
 Nigel Alderman

Carol Bailey

Visiting Associate Professor in English

Christopher Benfey

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English

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.

Christopher Benfey

Kimberly Juanita Brown

Elizabeth C. Small Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies; on leave 2020-2021

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. 

Kimberly Juanita Brown, Elizabeth C. Small Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies; Chair of Gender Studies

Iyko Day

Associate Professor of English; on leave 2020-2021

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

Leah Glasser

Senior Lecturer in English

Leah Blatt Glasser teaches courses in nineteenth- through twentieth-century American literature, women writers, biography, autobiography, and creative and expository writing. Glasser's writing seminars become workshops in which students read each other's works and learn to develop an ear for effective strategies in analytical, persuasive, and descriptive writing. She also enjoys teaching seminars in which students actively participate in discussion about literature in connection to other disciplines, such as environmental studies, women's studies, and American history. Glasser's seminars often focus on works by or about women. 

Anna Maria Hong

Assistant Professor of English

Anna Maria Hong is the author of "Age of Glass", winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, and the novella "H & G" (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize. Her second poetry collection, "Fablesque", won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has published fiction and poetry in many journals and anthologies including The Nation, The Iowa Review, and The Best American Poetry.

Andrea Lawlor

Clara Willis Phillips Assistant Professor of English

Andrea Lawlor teaches Creative Writing, with a special interest in queer/trans writing. Lawlor's publications include a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016) and a novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl (Vintage, 2019), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary and a CLMP Firecracker Award. Lawlor also edits fiction for Fence, and has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs. 

Andrea Lawlor Visiting Lecturer in English

Amy E. Martin

Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership; Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation
Amy E. Martin

Suparna Roychoudhury

Associate Professor of English

Mark C. Shea

Coordinator of ESOL; Senior Lecturer in English

Mark Shea is an applied linguist with a focus on second language acquisition and pedagogy. His research focuses on quantitative and qualitative approaches to describing language development in postsecondary contexts. At Mount Holyoke, his courses include First-Year Seminars and courses on public speaking, academic writing and various aspects of multilingualism.

 

Mark Shea

Kate Singer

Associate Professor of English; Chair of Critical Social Thought
Kate Singer

Jerrine Tan

Visiting Lecturer in English

Jerrine Tan has presented at several conferences and has worked as a translator on an advanced Chinese textbook, “China in Depth” (Peking University Press). Her international approach to research has been supported by various international fellowships, such as the Fudan University Graduate Research Fellowship and an interdisciplinary fellowship from Brown Graduate School. Tan was a graduate representative in her department for six years and served on the Graduate Student Council as International Graduate Student Advocate.

Jerrine Tan

Wesley Chihyung Yu

Associate Professor of English
Wesley Chihyung Yu

Staff

Cynthia Meehan

Academic Department Coordinator