People

Faculty

Nigel Alderman

Chair of English; Associate Professor of English
 Nigel Alderman

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

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

Todd Brewster

Visiting Senior Lecturer in English
Todd Brewster

Kimberly Juanita Brown

Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies, on leave fall 2017 through spring 2018

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, on leave spring 2018
Corinne Demas

Leah Glasser

Senior Lecturer in English, on leave fall 2017 through spring 2018

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 Form 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

Amy E. Martin

Interim Director of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership; Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation; Faculty Director for SAW
Amy E. Martin

Ashley Nadeau

Visiting Lecturer in English

Ashley Nadeau completed her PhD in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in September 2017. Her research addresses the long nineteenth-century in British literature and culture. Drawing upon critical spatial studies and architectural history, her work examines the relationship between the economic and social histories of built space and the Victorian literary imagination. Her teaching addresses a range of topics, including surveys in British literature, topics courses in literary and cultural studies, and rhetoric and composition. She enjoys developing innovative, interdisciplinary courses and employing digital platforms in the classroom setting.

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Katherine O'Callaghan

Visiting Lecturer in English
Katherine O'Callaghan

Susannah Richards

Visiting Associate Professor in English

Susannah Richards is an associate professor of education with an interest in igniting, delighting and cultivating lifelong literacy. Her research interests include strategies that teachers use to meet the needs of highly able learner, the role of diverse literature in expanding students’ worlds and strategies to use a wide variety of contemporary and classic literature for youth for lifetime reading, writing and thinking. In her free time, she reads, sews and when the weather cooperates, gardens (mostly for the healthy appetite of the deer who roam her property).

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Amy Rodgers

Assistant Professor of English

Amy Rodgers' research focuses on early modern literature and culture, audience and popular culture studies, theories of adaptation, and dance studies. Her publlications include essays on the Renaissance court masque, Hindi-language cinema director Vishal Bhardwaj, Shakespeare's history plays' influence on HBO's Game of Thrones, and performance genealogies that cross different communicative forms, particularly theater and dance. Her first monograph, A Monster With a Thousand Hands: The Discursive Spectator in Early Modern England is forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press. She is a co-founder of the Shakespeare and Dance Project.

Amy Rodgers Assistant Professor of English

Suparna Roychoudhury

Assistant Professor of English

Mark C. Shea

Lecturer in English; Coordinator of ESOL
Mark Shea

Kate Singer

Associate Professor of English and Director of Studies, Co-Chair of Conceptual Foundations of Science
Kate Singer

Sally Sutherland

Chair of Theatre Arts; 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, on leave spring 2018

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, on leave spring 2018

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

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

Staff

Cynthia Meehan

Academic Department Coordinator