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Linda Bensel-Meyers

Linda Bensel-Meyers

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Oregon
Areas: Renaissance literature, especially drama and rhetoric; history of rhetoric and composition
Phone: 303-871-2859  / Office: 486A
Email: [email protected]

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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 Philosophy; American Modernism; Literary and Intellectual Biography.
Phone: 303-871-2900 / Office: 487B
Email: [email protected]

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. For more information see: https://portfolio.du.edu/cldavis

Donna Beth Ellard

Donna Beth Ellard

Assistant Professor 
PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara
Areas: Medieval Literature; Old English poetry
Phone: 303-871-2901 / Office: 487A
Email: [email protected]

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Donna Beth Ellard is an Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature, specializing Old English poetry. Her research and teaching interests are eclectic and include Anglo-Saxon literature, archaeology, and historiography; biolinguistics and biosemiotics; and psychoanalysis and Deleuze studies. She is currently at work on a manuscript titled Anglo-Saxon Bodies, English Minds, and post-Saxon Futures

Rachel Feder

Rachel Feder

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Michigan
Areas: Romanticism
Phone: 303-871-2755  / Office: 487E
Email: [email protected]

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Rachel Feder is an assistant professor of English and literary arts working at the intersections of literary history, creative nonfiction, and poetry with a focus on Romanticism broadly construed. Her projects include a hybrid book about Mary Shelley, Harvester of Hearts: Motherhood under the Sign of Frankenstein (Northwestern University Press, 2018), a book-length serial poem, Bad Romanticisms (Astrophel Press, 2018), a book of poetry about astrology, motherhood, and literary history, Birth Chart (under advance contract with SUNY Press), and a literary-critical investigation of infinity discourse, experimental poetics, and the environmental humanities (in process).

Graham Foust

Graham Foust

Associate Professor 
PhD, SUNY-Buffalo; MFA, George Mason University
Areas: poetry, poetics, translation
Phone: 303-871-2896 / Office: 386C
Email: [email protected]

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. You can find out more about my work here.

Eric Gould

Eric Gould

Professor 
PhD, University of London (King's College)
Areas: 20th century literature in English and in translation; cultural studies
Phone: 303-871-4571 / Office: 485
Email: [email protected]

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Eric Gould’s main fields of teaching and research are in 20th and 21st century literature (with an emphasis on fiction) and cultural studies. He graduated with BA and MA (Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and with the PhD in English from King’s College London. Apart from teaching in the English program at the University of Denver, and chairing the department twice, he has held several administrative positions, including Vice President for Academic Affairs (at Drew University, New Jersey), Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at DU, and Vice Provost for Internationalization at DU. He is the author/editor of eight books, and his work has appeared in a number of journals, including the London Times Literary Supplement, the Times Higher Education Supplement, the New York Times Book Review, Substance, and Higher Education in Europe. His most recent book, The University in a Corporate Culture (Yale 2003) won the 2004 Frandson Prize for Literature, and he is currently working on two book-length projects: one on the internationalization of academe and another on why the novel matters.

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Tayana Hardin

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Michigan
Areas: 20th Century African American Literature and Culture
Phone: 303-871-2860 / Office: 486F
Email: [email protected]

 More about Dr. Hardin

Tayana Hardin is an Assistant Professor of African American Literature. Her teaching and interdisciplinary research bridge the literary, the embodied, and the historical, and rely on the disciplinary insights of African American and American studies, feminist and gender studies, and performance studies. Dr. Hardin's commitments to teaching, reflexive pedagogical practices, and intellectual community-building were recognized by the University of Denver when she was named the 2017 William T. Driscoll Master Educator. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the following journals: Dance Chronicle; The Black Scholar; Journal of Transatlantic Studies; Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture; and Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture.

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 / Office: Shopneck Writing Center Room 280, Anderson Academic Commons
Email: [email protected]

More about Dr. Hesse

Doug Hesse is Professor and founding Executive Director of Writing at the University of Denver, where he was named University Distinguished Scholar.  Hesse is currently President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of English.  Previously, he chaired the Conference on College Composition and Communication, was President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and held leadership roles within MLA.  He spent 20 years at Illinois State University, where he directed the writing program, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and the University Honors Program.  Hesse’s numerous articles and four co-authored books focus on creative nonfiction and the personal essay; on narrative, rhetoric, and belles lettres; and on professional issues in writing programs.  He’s been keynote or plenary speaker at some forty conferences, and he has consulted and completed program reviews at some fifty colleges and universities.  His current projects include a longitudinal study of 60 undergraduate writers, archival work on the correspondence of the first astronomer at the University of Denver, a collection of personal essays, and a defense of journalism in composition studies.  Hesse’s PhD is from Iowa. He’s an avid hiker and photographer, and he sings professionally with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus. 

 

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Joanna Howard

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Denver
Areas: Literary Arts, prose, prose hybrid, poetry, and memoir; 21st century Literature; narrative theory
Email: [email protected]

More about Dr. Howard

Joanna Howard is Assistant Professor of Literary Arts specializing in prose writing and prose and poetry hybrids, with a background in narrative theory and contemporary literature. She is the author of the novel Foreign Correspondent (Counterpath, 2013), a story collection On the Winding Stair (Boa editions, 2009) an artist's book In the Colorless Round, (Noemi, 2006) and Field Glass, a speculative novel co-written with Joanna Ruocco (Sidebrow, 2017). Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Verse, McSweeney's, Bomb, Chicago Review, Brooklyn Rail, and places elsewhere. She has also collaborated on translations from French, Walls by Marcel Cohen (Black Square, 2009) and Cows by Frederic Boyer (Noemi, 2014). Her memoir The Rerun Era is forthcoming from McSweeney's (2019).

 

W. Scott Howard

W. Scott Howard

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Washington 
Areas:  Renaissance & early modern literature and culture; modern & postmodern American poetry; poetics & historiography; literary & cultural theory; digital humanities
Phone: 303-871-2887 / Office: 387E
Email: [email protected]
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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/early modern literature and culture; modern and postmodern American poetics and poetry; literary theory, historiography, and digital humanities. He teaches in the Department of English and also in the Emergent Digital Practices Program, the Critical Theory Program, the University Honors Program, and the DU-Iliff Ph.D. Program. His work has received support 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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Brian Kiteley

Brian Kiteley

Professor
MA, City College of New York
Areas: Fiction writing; travel writing; postcolonial fiction; historical fiction
Phone: 303-871-2898 / Office: 487C
Email: [email protected]

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 is at work on two linked novels, Emily's Book and Jack's Book, set in Crete and Egypt in 1988, about love, sun, sex, and the CIA, with cameos by a small cast of al-Qaeda double agents. For more information, please see: www.briankiteley.com 

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Joel T. Lewis

Assistant to the Chair
MA, University of Denver
Phone: 303-871-2742 / Office: English Suite 495B
Email: [email protected]

 

Eleanor McNees

Eleanor McNees

Professor, Associate Chair
PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder 
Areas: Victorian and modern British literature; Virginia Woolf
Phone: 303-871-2855 / Office: 486C
Email: [email protected]

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Eleanor McNees is Professor of English specializing in 19th and 20th century British literature with an emphasis on Virginia Woolf and her Victorian predecessors. She received her BA from Colgate University, her MA from Northwestern University and her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition to her book, Eucharistic Poetry, she has edited collections of essays on the history of the novel, the Brontë sisters and Virginia Woolf, as well as an annotated edition of Virginia Woolf’s penultimate novel, The Years.  Her essays have appeared in a variety of journals from Victorian Periodicals Review to the Dickens Quarterly

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Maik Nwosu

Professor, Department Chair 
PhD, Syracuse University
Areas: African, African Diaspora, postcolonial, and world literatures; fiction and poetry; semiotics and critical theory.
Phone: 303-871-2879 / Office: 387A
Email: [email protected]

More about Dr. Nwosu

Maik Nwosu is Professor of English specializing in African, African Diaspora, postcolonial, and world literatures; semiotics and critical theory. 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. Nwosu is a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; the Civitella Ranieri Center, Umbertide, Italy; and the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is also a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. Nwosu's published works include fiction (A Gecko's Farewell, Alpha Song, Invisible Chapters, and Return to Algadez), poetry (Suns of Kush), a coedited anthology (The Critical Imagination in African Literature: Essays in Honor of Michael J. C. Echeruo), and critical studies (The Comic Imagination in Modern African Literature and Cinema: A Poetics of Laughter and Markets of Memories: Between the Postcolonial and the Transnational).

 

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Aleksandr Prigozhin

Assistant Professor 
PhD, University of Chicago
Areas: Modernism, 20th Century British Literature, Media Studies, Affect theory
Email: [email protected]

More about Dr. Prigozhin

Aleksandr Prigozhin is Assistant Professor of English, specializing in British modernist fiction, media studies, and affect theory. He is at work on Atmospheric Media: Closed Rooms and Open Air in British Modernism, a book-in-progress about the modernist uses of atmospheric media as figures for interrogating the boundaries of subjectivity in a mass mediated age.

 

Bin Ramke

Bin Ramke

Professor and Phipps Chair, Editor of the Denver Quarterly
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 / Office: 384
Email: [email protected]

More about Dr. Ramke

Bin Ramke's twelve books of poems include Missing the Moon (Omnidawn, 2014), Wake (Iowa, 1999) and The Difference between Night and Day (Yale, 1979). He has taught at Columbus, Georgia and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He edited a poetry series for the University of Georgia Press for twenty years, and edited the Denver Quarterly for seventeen.

Adam Rovner

Adam Rovner

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
PhD, Indiana University; MA, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Areas: American Jewish literature and culture; modern Hebrew literature; narrative theory; literature & Jewish nationalisms, translation.
Phone: 303-871-2861 / Office: 387D
Email: [email protected]

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). 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, was published by NYU Press (2014). He is quite possibly the only person ever to have had a peer-reviewed article also win a science fiction award. In 2015, he served as a Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For more information, please see: www.adamrovner.com

Selah Saterstrom

Selah Saterstrom

Associate Professor, Director of Creative Writing
MFA, Goddard College
Areas: Creative writing, fiction; philosophy and literature
Phone: 303-871-2902 / Office: 387B
Email: [email protected]

More about Professor Saterstrom

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels The Meat and Spirit Plan, The Pink Institution, and most recently Slab, which was also produced as an award winning play, performed by Square Product Theatre. Her book of essays on Divinatory Poetics, Ideal Suggestions, is forthcoming from Essay Press in the fall of 2016. Widely published and anthologized, she also curates Madame Harriette Presents, an occasional performance series. She teaches and lectures across the United States and is the director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

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Billy Stratton

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
PhD, University of Arizona
Areas: 20th/21st century American/Native American literature and poetics, Indian captivity narratives, apocalyptic literature, ecocriticism, continental philosophy, creative writing, and film studies.
Phone: 303-871-4157 / Office: 486D
Email: [email protected]

More about Dr. Stratton

Dr. Billy J. Stratton is originally from eastern Kentucky. He studied literature and philosophy at Miami University and then earned a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona--among the first thirty in the discipline worldwide. He has taught courses that span native American/contemporary American literature, native and indigenous studies, apocalypse, southern gothic and new west literature, postmodernism, writing, and film studies. He has published widely on captivity narratives, colonialism, war, and native critical theory, while his criticism and research interest has been focused on contemporary writers such as Laura Tohe, Gerald Vizenor, Stephen Graham Jones, James Welch, and Nora Marks Dauenhauer, as well as Cormac McCarthy, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, and Thomas Pynchon. His first book, Buried in Shades of Night, was published in 2013 and garnered much positive critical attention, while his latest project, The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: A Critical Companion, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in November 2016. He is currently at work on a novel set in Appalachian coal country--a sample from which can be read in a recent edition of Cream City Review (39:1 2015).

Stratton has also served as a Fulbright Scholar in the American studies program at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany and has done invited lectures in Sydney, Canberra, Leiden, Berlin, Leipzig, Mainz, Heidelberg, Bonn, Vienna, London, and Chicago among other locations. Since his arrival at the University of Denver, he has been instrumental in efforts to create dialogue around the issue of Sand Creek and DU's founder, John Evans, and has edited and published several works on these themes in Salon, Denver Quarterly, Common-place, The Independent, US News & World Report, and TIME, while also providing commentary on contemporary native American issues in the national media. Additionally, for the last six years he has served as faculty advisor to the DU Native Student Alliance and was recently named Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on Native American Programs and Partnerships. Beyond this, he is a lover of music, art, mountains, deserts, and oceans.

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Kristy L. Ulibarri

Kristy L. Ulibarri

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Areas: [email protected]/x literature and culture, 20th and 21st century multiethnic literature of the U.S., speculative fiction, cultural studies, theory
Phone: 303-871-2266 / Office: 486B
Email: kristy.[email protected]

More about Dr. Ulibarri

Kristy L. Ulibarri received her Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and teaching primarily concentrate on Latinx literature and culture, im/migrant narratives, speculative fiction, and cultural studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Visible Borders, Invisible Economies: The Living Dead of Latinx Narratives, which delineates the relationship between contemporary Latinx cultural production, free-market economies, and national security in the U.S. under NAFTA. Her work appears or is forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, Latino Studies, Feminist Review, Art Journal, and Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.

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