University of Mississippi


Adetayo Alabi

Adetayo Alabi

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan
Teaching and research interests are Postcolonial studies with an emphasis on African, African-American and Caribbean literature and culture, Literary theory, and Autobiographical genre in Comparative Black Studies.
Office: C216 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-6948 | aalabi at

Patrick Alexander


Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies
Ph.D. Duke University
Teaching Interests: African American literature, 19th-century American literature, and Critical Prison Studies.
Office: 315 Longstreet | pealexan at

Deborah Barker


Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D., Princeton
Teaches American literature (with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century women writers), film studies (with an emphasis on gender and southern film), and gender theory. She is currently working on a book-length project on southern film and is editing, with Kathryn McKee, two collections of essays on southern film.
Office: C219 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7758 | dbarker at

Matt Bondurant


Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Fiction
Ph.D., Florida State University
Office: W208 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-6947 | mrbondur at

Lindy Brady


Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Teaching and research interests are Old English, medieval Irish and Welsh, Old Norse, and Anglo-Latin languages and literatures; the role of the landscape in medieval texts.
Office: C136 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7668 | lmbrady at

Jaime Cantrell


Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Teaching and research interests: Women’s and Gender Studies with special emphases in queer theory and LGBTQ studies and literatures; twentieth century American Lit; archival studies; southern sexuality studies; food studies of the U.S. South.
Office: W212 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-6642 | jaimec at

Robert Cummings

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., Georgia
Directs the Department for Writing and Rhetoric and teaches composition, composition pedagogy, and courses exploring rhetoric and technology. Recent projects include a Fulbright Specialist Award to support teaching with Wikipedia at University of Sydney and “FUD: The Rhetoric of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.” Book length publications are Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia (Vanderbilt 2009) and Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom (Michigan 2008).
Office: Lamar B14 | 662-915-1989 | cummings at

Erin Drew

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Teaching and research interests are Eighteenth-century poetry and the novel, Ecocriticism, Science and literature, and Jane Austen and pop culture.
Office: W107-B Bondurant Hall | 662-915-2783 | eedrew at

Leigh Anne Duck


Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Modern and contemporary literature and visual culture, constructions of race and nation, and theories concerning space, narrative, memory, and neoliberalism. Her current project considers how twenty-first century representations of the U.S. South provide a venue for contemplating the past and future of the larger nation.
Office: C217 Bondurant Hall | lduck at

Cristin Ellis

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Teaching Interests: Nineteenth-century American literature and culture, American Romanticism, history of science, posthumanism, and ecocriticism.
Office: W209A Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7183 | ceellis2 at

Beth Ann Fennelly


Professor and Director of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing
M.F.A, University of Arkansas
Teaches poetry as literature and also teaches the writing of both poetry and creative nonfiction. She’s the author of three books of poetry, one book of essays, and a co-authored novel.
Office: C104 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7914 | bafennel at

Ann Fisher-Wirth


Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
Teaches poetry workshops and seminars, 20th-century American literature, and a wide range of courses in environmental literature.
Office: C212 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-5929 | afwirth at

Richard Ford


Visiting Professor of Creative Writing
M.F.A., University of California, Irvine

Tom Franklin


Associate Professor of Fiction Writing
M.F.A., University of Arkansas
Teaches graduate fiction seminars and workshops.
Office: W104 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-2782 | tfrankli at

Ari Friedlander

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Teaching and research interests are Early Modern English Literature and Culture; Histories of Gender, Sexuality, and Social Status; Queer Theory; Queer Historiography; Disability Studies.
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Adam Gussow


Associate Professor of English and Southern Studies
Ph.D., Princeton
Teaches and writes about American and African American Literature, with a particular focus on blues cultural studies.
Office: C213 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7333 | agussow at

Joan Wylie Hall


Lecturer in English
Ph.D., Notre Dame
Teaches American literature, southern literature, and women’s literature. Her research interests are southern women’s writing and African-American literature.
Office: 104 Leavell | 662-915-7286 | egjwh at

Jaime Harker


Professor of English
Ph.D., Temple University
Works on twentieth century American literature, with an emphasis on book history, gender, and sexuality. She has additional research interests in gay and lesbian studies, American studies, and the Pacific Rim.
Office: C214A Bondurant Hall | 662-915-3172 | jlharker at

Derrick A. Harriell


Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Teaching Interest: Blues Poetry, 20th Century Poetry, Harlem Renaissance Literature and Poetry
Office: W213 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7439 | harriell at

Mary Hayes


Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Teaches Old and Middle English Literature and her research interests include the history of the senses/sound theory and magic and the occult.
Office: W203 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7049 | hayes at

Gregory Heyworth


Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., Princeton
Insular and continental literature of the 12-th-14th centuries. Philosophy of language, poetic and cultural theory, vernacularity and the relationship of the graphic to the textual. Palaeography, codicology, multispectral imaging, spectroscopy, manuscript recovery, history of the book. Director of the Lazarus Project.
Office: C214B Bondurant Hall | heyworth at

Blair Hobbs


Senior Lecturer
M.F.A., University of Michigan
Teaches American Literature, Advanced Composition, Freshman Composition, Applied Writing, and Poetry workshops.
Office: 106 Leavell | vhobbs at

Shari Hodges Holt


Instructional Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Mississippi
Teaches courses in British literature, drama, and film studies. Her research interests include film adaptations of literature, Victorian Gothic and sensation fiction, and the works of Charles Dickens.
Office: Rm 332, Desoto Campus, Southaven | 662-393-1658 | shodges at

Ivo Kamps


Department Chair and Professor
Ph.D., Princeton
Research and teaching interests include Early Modern literature, Shakespeare, Literary theory, Film.
Office: C128 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7439 | egkamps at

Kiese Laymon


John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence
M.F.A., Indiana University
Office: W111 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-6510

Ben McClelland

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Professor and Holder of the Ottilie Schillig Chair in English Composition
Ph.D., Indiana University
Teaches courses in contemporary nonfiction literature and writing, advanced writing, and in American modernist fiction. His current research and writing projects include a collection of nonfiction stories about families that use diabetic alert dogs to help manage Type 1 Diabetes.
Office: C210 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-5500 | wgbwm at

Kathryn McKee


Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Teaches and writes about United States literature and U.S. southern literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has particular interests in women’s writing, humor studies, film studies, and Global South studies.
Office: 216 Barnard Observatory | 662-915-3371 | kmckee at

Daniel A. Novak

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University
Teaching and research interests are Victorian Literature and Culture, 19th century Literature and Visual Culture, Photography and Film, Nineteenth-Century Theories of Race, The History of Sexuality, Oscar Wilde
Office: C121 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7456 | dnovak at

Chris Offutt


Associate Professor of English and Screenwriting
M.F.A., Fiction. The University of Iowa
Teaching interests: screenwriting, fiction, film
Office: C130 Bondurant | offutt at

Karen Raber


Professor of English
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Writes and teaches early modern British literature. Her research interests include cultural and gender studies, animal studies, and ecocriticism.
Office: W209B Bondurant Hall | kraber at

Peter Reed


Associate Professor
Ph.D., Florida State University
Teaches Early American Literature.
Office: C133 Bondurant | 662-915-7685 | preed at

Gregory Alan Schirmer


Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Stanford
Teaches Irish literature and British twentieth-century literature.
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Gary Short


Visiting Assistant Professor
M.F.A., Arizona State University
Teaching interest: 20th-century poetry
Office: 116 Leavell | gshort at

Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Professor of English
Ph.D., Ohio Univeristy
Teaching and research interests: 19th and 20th Century American and British Poetry, Poetry Writing, and Contemporary Literary Criticism and Non-Fiction.
Office: W205A Bondurant Hall | 662-915-6949 | djsmith4 at

Jason Solinger


Associate Professor
Ph.D., Brown
Teaching and research interests: the literature of the long eighteenth century, the novel, gender and masculinity.
Office: W207 Bondurant | solinger at

Beth Spencer


M.F.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Teaching interests include creative writing, especially poetry, environmental studies, nature writing, Southern literature, intersections of social justice and service learning, international learning communities, multicultural literature and composition
Office: 109 Leavell | ecspence at

Daniel Stout

Dan Stout

Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Teaching and research interests are Nineteenth Century British Literature, History of the Novel and contemporary theory.
Office: C134 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7106 | dstout at

Annette Trefzer


Associate Professor
Ph.D., Tulane University
Teaches American literature and literary theory
Office: W211 Bondurant | 662-915-7675 | atrefzer at

Jay Watson

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Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies and Professor of English
Ph.D., Harvard University
Teaching interests: American literature, southern literature, Faulkner
Office: C211 Bondurant | 662-915-7671 | jwatson at

Ian Whittington

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., McGill University
Teaching and research interests: 20th century British literature, 20th century World Anglophone literature, Cultural Studies, Radio Studies/Sound Studies.
Office: C220 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7670 | iwhittin at

Caroline Wigginton

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Teaching and research interests are American Literature to 1865, Native American Literatures, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Transatlantic Eighteenth Century.
Office: C132 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7674 | cwiggint at

Peter Wirth


Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Harvard
Office: W206 Bondurant | 662-915-5035 | phwirth at

Ethel Young-Scurlock


Associate Professor, Senior Fellow of the Lucky Day Residential College
Ph.D., Bowling Green
Teaching interests: African American literature
W205B Bondurant | 662-915-7688 | eyoungmi at