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
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.
Joanne V. Creighton
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).
Corinne M. Demas
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.
Amy E. Martin
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.
Mark C. Shea
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.
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.
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.