John Lemly

  • Professor Emeritus of English

Fulbright Fellow at the University of Ghana during the 2000–2001 academic year, John Lemly teaches the first-year seminar Into Africa, as well as African Literature, The Eighteenth Century: Jane Austen: Readings in Fiction and Film, and Modern Drama.

Lemly is the director of the Five College African Scholars Program (USA), which provides fellowships for Africans. Says Lemly, "Over the past four years or so, we have come to realize more and more that the important work being done by our colleagues in Africa could benefit from leave time, access to current scholarship, and a sustained conversation with other scholars from throughout the continent." The competitive program will bring up to 30 young faculty members from African universities to the five campuses between 2003 and 2007.

Areas of Expertise

Eighteenth-century English literature; African literature; Renaissance and modern drama; nonfiction writing; early American literature; African American literature; Jane Austen


  • Ph.D., M.Phil., Yale University
  • A.B., Carleton College

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent Campus News

At a gala ceremony, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks accepted the $300,000 Gish Prize, thanking her Mount Holyoke College professors.

More than 20 students read excerpts from their original work at Mount Holyoke's annual Department of English writers' showcase.