Faculty Scholarly Specializations

Graduate Faculty Scholarly Specializations & Secondary Fields for purposes of M.A. Thesis, Comprehensive Exams, and Dissertation Advising

The following information should help Masters and Doctoral candidates to determine which faculty members they might want to work with in developing their M.A. thesis, comprehensive exam habitus and dissertation.


Dr. Dohra Ahmad
Primary Fields: World anglophone literature, vernacular literature
Secondary: U.S. literature, utopian fiction, pedagogy, Young Adult literature, literature of migration, South Asian literature

Dr. Steven Alvarez
Primary Fields: Composition and Rhetoric, literacy studies, writing studies, pedagogy, migration studies, bi-lingual studies
Secondary: Latin-American literature, creative writing, Latino/a literature, visual rhetoric, digital composing

Professor Lee Ann Brown
Primary Field: Poetry writing
Secondary: Small-press publishing, film studies, eco-poetics, contemporary Afro-American poetry, southern literature, performance studies & practice

Professor Gabe Brownstein
Primary Field: Fiction writing (short story and novel); non-fiction writing
Secondary: Contemporary literature, interactions between creative & theoretical writing, literature and medicine

Dr. Raj Chetty
Primary Fields: Caribbean Literature, black diaspora studies/Black Studies, post-colonial studies, world/comparative literatures, transnational studies
Secondary: Performance/Theater, ethnic studies, sport studies, comparative rhetorics, humor, Atlantic studies, U.S. ethnic/transnational studies

Dr. Scott Combs
Primary Fields: Film studies, history of film, theory of film, death/dying & modern medicine
Secondary: Visual studies, performance studies; representations of class, race, & whiteness,

Dr. Robert Fanuzzi
Primary Fields: 18th and 19th c. American Literature, African-American Literature

Dr. Granville Ganter
Primary Fields: Early-American studies (pre-1900), Rhetoric, Native American literature
Secondary: Melodrama, Beat/Bohemian literature, new journalism, American literature

Dr. Anne Geller
Primary fields: Student and faculty writers, writing across the curriculum, qualitative research, writing centers, authorship, learning and teaching

Dr. Rachel Hollander
Primary Fields: 19th-Century British Literature, British Modernism, Virginia Woolf, post-structuralist theory, feminist theory, ethics
Secondary: Novel theory, women writers, post-colonial literature, post-colonial theory, some modern drama (especially Beckett and Brecht), gender & queer theory

Dr. Amy King
Primary Fields:Victorian literature, long-19th c. British literature, history of science and literature, novel studies
Secondary: Narrative theory, theory of the novel, television/televisual narrative, film adaptations, history of the novel (18th – 20th c.), literature and medicine

Dr. Brian Lockey
Primary Fields:  Early Modern Literature, Shakespeare, Restoration, medieval literature, history of colonialism and imperialism, law and literature, religion and nation, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism
Secondary: Critical theory, comparative literature (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, classical studies, Latin), American modernism, contemporary novel

Dr. Kathleen Lubey  
Primary Fields: 18th-Century Studies, history of sexuality, feminist/Queer theory, novel Studies, history of the Book
Secondary: Black Atlantic, history of Reading, media History, Coetzee, poetics, manuscript-composition studies

Dr. Gregory Maertz
Primary Fields: Romanticism, Victorian literature; the novel, poetry, theory
Secondary: 19th & 20th c. visual culture, art and politics, fascism and propaganda

Dr. Steve Mentz
Primary Fields: Renaissance literature & Shakespeare, eco-criticism/environmental literature and theory, blue humanities, environmental humanities
Secondary: Poetics, media history, performance theory

Dr. Stephen Paul Miller
Primary Fields: Poetry writing, American studies, cultural studies, contemporary poetry
Secondary: Contemporary literature, modern poetry, popular culture, film, art and art history, human rights studies

Dr. Melissa Mowry
Primary Fields: 17th & 18th Century British literature, British Atlantic prose & drama
Secondary: Politics and literature, archival studies, manuscript studies, feminism, cultural theory, dissident studies, literature and history, theories of literary history

Dr. Derek Owens
Primary fields: Composition studies, first-year writing, writing-program administration, writing centers
Secondary: Experimental writing, multi-media, interdisciplinarity

Dr. Nicole Rice
Primary Fields: Medieval English literature, medieval drama, devotional culture, material culture and book history, religious studies, gender studies, institutional literary culture
Secondary: Early-Modern literature and culture, early modern history, drama

Dr. LaToya Sawyer
Primary Fields: Contemporary rhetorical theory, digital rhetoric and methods, Composition and Writing Studies, African American and Caribbean rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, feminist theory and praxis, Africana Studies
SecondaryNew literacy studies, African American literacies, performance studies, discourse analysis, digital humanities, and digital methods and methodologies

Dr. Steven Sicari
Primary field: Modernism, religion and literature
Secondary: History of the novel (18th & 19th c. novel), writing-center studies

Dr. Jennifer Travis
Primary Fields:  American literature, gender studies, digital humanities, cultural studies
Secondary: Digital pedagogy, law and literature, digital writing, new media studies, disaster studies, environmental humanities, risk studies.

Dr. Elda Tsou
Primary fields: Asian-American literature, Asian-American studies
Secondary:  Literary theory, theories of race, ethnic-American literature, whiteness studies, ethnic studies, literary form, post-colonial theory