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Linda Bensel-Meyers

Linda Bensel-Meyers

Associate Professor, Department Chair
PhD, University of Oregon.
Areas: Renaissance literature, especially drama and rhetoric; history of rhetoric and composition
Phone: 303-871-2859
Email: lbenselm@du.edu

More about Dr. Bensel-Meyers

Linda Bensel-Meyers studied dramatic theory at the University of Chicago (BA 1975) and Renaissance drama and rhetoric at the University of Oregon (PhD 1985). From 1986-2003, she directed the Writing Programs at the University of Tennessee, where she uncovered systematic academic fraud in the athletic program. In 1999, she released documents to The New York Times and ESPN to expose the need for college athletic reform. Her reform efforts included speaking nationally, including before the Knight Commission on Collegiate Sports, and as keynote speaker for the National Institute for Sports Reform. Her awards include the distinguished Service Award from the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame and the Robert M. Hutchins Award for Academic Integrity. She came to DU in 2003.

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Clark Davis

Professor
PhD, SUNY-Buffalo.
Areas: New England tradition; American literature and religion; literature and philosophy.
Phone: 303-871-2900
Email: cldavis@du.edu

More about Dr. Davis

Clark Davis came to DU in 2000. His primary areas of interest include early and nineteenth-century American literature, particularly the New England tradition. He regularly teaches courses on the American Puritans, early American poetics, the Transcendentalists, and the American novel and short story.

Prof. Davis’s research has been devoted primarily to major figures of the mid-nineteenth century, Melville and Hawthorne in particular. In recent years, however, he has devoted more time to the twentieth century, completing the first full-length literary biography of William Goyen, author of The House of Breath and Arcadio.

Ann Dobyns

Ann Dobyns

Professor, Associate Department Chair
PhD, University of Oregon.
Areas: Medieval literature; rhetoric and composition
Phone: 303-871-2890
Email: adobyns@du.edu

More about Dr. Dobyns

Ann Dobyns is Professor of Rhetoric and Medieval Literature. She teaches classes on rhetoric, Chaucer, and the rhetoric of tango. She is the author of The Voices of Romance: Studies in Dialogue and Character (1989) and co-author, with Patsy Callaghan, of Literary Conversation: Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Literature (1996), A Meeting of Minds: A Brief Rhetoric for Writers and Readers (2004), A Meeting of Minds: Strategies for Academic Inquiry and Writing 2nd ed. (2007), and essays on rhetoric, pedagogy, and Middle English literature. Her current research is a study of the rhetoric of tango.

Graham Foust

Graham Foust

Assistant Professor
Phone: 303-871-2860
Email: graham.foust@du.edu

More about Dr. Foust

I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee; raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and educated at Beloit College, George Mason University, and the University at Buffalo. My scholarly and creative interests are poetry and poetics; 19th- and 20th-century American literature; and critical theory. Kids: check; pets: nyet. I’m fond of skiing, eating, Big Star, Loretta Lynn, and the semicolon

Jan Gorak

Jan Gorak

Professor
PhD, University of Southern California.
Areas: Late 18th- and 20th-Century British and American literature; history of literary theory and criticism
Phone: 303-871-2909
Email: jgorak@du.edu

Eric Gould

Eric Gould

Professor and Vice Provost for Internationalization
PhD, University of London (King's College).
Areas: 20th century literature in English and in translation; cultural studies
Phone: 303-871-4571
Email: egould@du.edu

Tayana Hardin

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Michigan
20th Century African American literature; Gender Studies; Performance Art.
Email: Tayana.Hardin@du.edu

Karla Heeps

Karla Heeps

Assistant to the Chair (since 2008)
Phone: 303-871-2742
Email: kheeps@du.edu

Doug Hesse

Doug Hesse

Professor, Director of the University Writing Program
PhD, University of Iowa.
Areas: Rhetoric and composition; writing program administration; creative nonfiction
Phone: 303-871-7447
Email: dhesse@du.edu

Scott Howard

Scott Howard

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Washington.
Areas: Renaissance/early modern English literature and culture; modern and postmodern American poetry; poetics and historiography (classical to postmodern); literary and cultural theory
Phone: 303-871-2887
Email: showard@du.edu
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More about Dr. Howard

W. Scott Howard received his Ph.D. in English and Critical Theory from the University of Washington. His teaching, research, and publications engage the fields of Renaissance and early modern literature & culture, modern and postmodern American poetry, poetics and historiography, literary & cultural theory, and digital humanities. He teaches in the Department of English and also in the Emergent Digital Practices Program, the University Honors Program, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, and the DU-Iliff Ph.D. Program. Professor Howard is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Modern Language Association, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. 

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Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt

Associate Professor; Editor of Denver Quarterly
MFA, Naropa University.
Areas: Fiction writing; postmodern literature
Phone: 393-871-2885
Email: lhunt@du.edu

More about Professor Hunt

Laird Hunt is the award-winning author of a book of short stories, mock parables and histories, The Paris Stories (2000), originally from Smokeproof Press, though now re-released by Marick Press, and five novels from Coffee House Press: The Impossibly (2001), Indiana, Indiana (2003), The Exquisite (2006) Ray of the Star (2009) and Kind One (2012), which was a finalist for both the 2013 Pen/Faulkner award and the 2013 Pen USA Literary Award in Fiction and the winner of a 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction. A new novel, Neverhome, will be published in the United States by Little, Brown and by Chatto in the UK. His translation of Oliver Rohe’s Vacant Lot was published by Counterpath Press, who also published his co-translation with Anne-Laure Tissut of Arno Bertina’s Brando, My Solitude. He is published in France by Actes Sud, and has novels either published or forthcoming in Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany and Turkey. His writings, reviews and translations have appeared in the United States and abroad in, among other places, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Bomb, Bookforum, Grand Street, The Believer, Fence, Conjunctions, Brick, Mentor, Inculte, and Zoum Zoum. On faculty in the University of Denver’s Creative Writing Program since 2004, where he edits the Denver Quarterly, he has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, and was in residence at Marfa (Lannan Foundation) this past summer.

Brian Kiteley

Brian Kiteley

Professor
MA, City College of New York.
Areas: Fiction writing; travel writing; postcolonial fiction; historical fiction
Phone: 303-871-2898
Email: bkiteley@du.edu

More about Professor Kiteley

Brian Kiteley is the author of three novels, Still Life with Insects, I Know Many Songs, But I Cannot Sing, and The River Gods. He’s also published two collections of fiction exercises, The 3 A.M. Epiphany and The 4 A.M. Breakthrough. He has received Guggenheim, Whiting, and NEA fellowships. Kiteley recently finished The Liar's Paradox, a novel set in Crete in 1988, about love, sun, sex, and the CIA, with cameos by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Eleanor McNees

Eleanor McNees

Professor
PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder.
Areas: Victorian and modern British literature; Virginia Woolf
Phone: 303-871-2855
Email: emcnees@du.edu

Maik Nwosu

Maik Nwosu

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
PhD, Syracuse University.
Areas: African, African Diaspora, postcolonial, and world literatures; fiction and poetry; semiotics and critical theory.
Phone: 303-871-2879
Email: mnwosu@du.edu

More about Dr. Nwosu

Maik Nwosu is an associate professor of African and world literature. He worked as a journalist (and received the Nigeria Media Merit Award for Journalist of the Year) before moving to Syracuse University, New York for a Ph.D in English and Textual Studies. His research areas include African, African Diaspora, postcolonial, and world literatures; fiction, non-fiction, and poetry; semiotics and critical theory. Nwosu is a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany and the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbertide, Italy, as well as a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

Bin Ramke

Bin Ramke

Professor and Phipps Chair
PhD, Ohio University.
Areas: Creative writing, poetry; 20th century literature; contemporary poetry; visual arts and literature; issues of science and mathematics in contemporary thought and writing
Phone: 303-871-2889
Email: bramke@du.edu

Adam Rovner

Adam Rovner

Associate Professor
PhD, Indiana University. MA, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Areas: American Jewish literature and culture; transnational Holocaust literature; modern Hebrew literature; narrative theory; translation.
Phone: 303-871-2861
Email: adam.rovner@du.edu

More about Dr. Rovner

Adam Rovner is Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature. He came to DU in 2008 after serving as Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Director of the Hebrew Program at Hofstra University (2006-08), and Assistant Professor at the DigiPen Institute of Technology (2005-06). Adam received his M.A. in comparative literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1998) and his Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington (2003). His articles, essays, translations and interviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and general interest publications. His book, In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel is forthcoming from NYU Press (2014)

Selah Saterstrom

Associate Professor, Director of Creative Writing
MFA, Goddard College.
Areas: Creative writing, fiction; philosophy and literature
Phone: 303-871-2902
Email: selah.saterstrom@du.edu

Eleni Sikelianos

Eleni Sikelianos

Professor
MFA, Naropa University.
Areas: Creative writing, poetry, translation, creative nonfiction; 20th century and contemporary poetry; modernist women
Phone: 303-871-3136
Email: esikelia@du.edu

Billy Stratton

Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies/Honors
PhD, University of Arizona.
Areas: Native-American Literature.
Phone: 303-871-4157
Email: billy.stratton@du.edu

Barbara Wilcots

Barbara Wilcots

Associate Professor and Associate Provost for Graduate Studies
PhD, University of Denver.
Areas: 20th century American literature, especially African-American, Caribbean and postcolonial literatures
Phone: 303-871-2057
Email: bwilcots@du.edu