Department of English

University of Mississippi

Faculty


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 olemiss.edu


Patrick Alexander


Patrick Alexander

Associate Professor of English and African American Studies
Ph.D. Duke University

Teaching and research interests are African American literature, 19th-century American literature, and Critical Prison Studies.

Office: 315 Longstreet   |   pealexan at olemiss.edu


Sarah Baechle


Sarah Baechle

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Teaching and research interests are Middle English and Old and Middle French languages and literatures; Medieval manuscript and print culture as well as Medieval authorship theories and literary criticism.

Office: W212 Bondurant Hall   |   sebaechl at olemiss.edu


Deborah Barker


Deborah Barker

Professor 
Ph.D., Princeton

Deborah Barker teaches American literature (with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century women writers), film studies (with an emphasis on southern film), and gender theory. She is the author of Reconstructing Violence: The Southern Rape Complex in Film and Literature (2015) and Aesthetics and Gender in American Literature: Portraits of the Woman Artist (2000). She co-edited with Kathryn McKee American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary (2011). Barker has also published essays on southern film and literature and is currently working on a collection of essays on southern noir.

Office: C219 Bondurant Hall   |   662-915-7758   |   dbarker at olemiss.edu


Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy


Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Teaching and research interests are Postcolonial and Transnational Literatures; Postcolonial Studies with a focus on South Asia; Nineteenth-century British Imperial Literature and Philosophies of Empire, Theory of the Novel.

Office: W213 Bondurant Hall   |   mbk at olemiss.edu


Matt Bondurant


Matt Bondurant

Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Fiction
Ph.D., Florida State University

Teaching interests include Fiction Writing, Contemporary Literature, American Romanticism, 20th Century American Literature, The Novel, Postmodernism, Documentary Films

Office: W208 Bondurant Hall   |   662-915-6947   |   mrbondur at olemiss.edu


Lindy Brady


Lindy Brady

Associate 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   |    lmbrady at olemiss.edu



Erin Drew

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 olemiss.edu



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 olemiss.edu



Cristin Ellis

Associate 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   |    ceellis2 at olemiss.edu


Beth Ann Fennelly


Beth Ann Fennelly

Professor
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   |    bafennel at olemiss.edu


Ann Fisher-Wirth


Ann Fisher-Wirth

Professor
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   |    afwirth at olemiss.edu


Tom Franklin


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 olemiss.edu


Ari Friedlander


Ari Friedlander

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.

Office: C132 Bondurant Hall   |   662-915-7674   |   ari at olemiss.edu



Melissa Ginsburg

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
M.F.A., University of Iowa

Teaches Creative Writing courses in poetry and fiction as well as poetry and American literature courses

Office: C218 Bondurant Hall   |   mginsburg at olemiss.edu



Garth Greenwell

John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence

Office: Bondurant W111   |   grgreenw at olemiss.edu



Adam Gussow

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 olemiss.edu


Joan Wylie Hall


Joan Wylie Hall

Senior 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 olemiss.edu


Jaime Harker


Jaime Harker

Professor of English and Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies
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 olemiss.edu


Derrick A. Harriell


Derrick A. Harriell

Associate Professor of English and African American Studies and Director of MFA Program
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaching Interest: Blues Poetry, 20th Century Poetry, Harlem Renaissance Literature and Poetry

Office: C130 Bondurant Hall   |   harriell at olemiss.edu


Mary Hayes


Mary Hayes

Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Teaches and researches Old and Middle English literature and the History of the English Language

Office: W203 Bondurant Hall   |    hayes at olemiss.edu


Blair Hobbs


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 olemiss.edu


Shari Hodges Holt


Shari Hodges Holt

Instructional Associate 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 olemiss.edu


Ivo Kamps


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 olemiss.edu


Kiese Laymon


Kiese Laymon

Professor of English and Creative Writing
M.F.A., Indiana University

Office: W205A Bondurant Hall   |   662-915-6949   |   kmlaymon at olemiss.edu


Jennie Lightweis-Goff


Jennie Lightweis-Goff

Instructor, Branch Campuses
Ph.D., University of Rochester

American and Southern Literatures as well as feminist theory and urban studies. She is currently working on book-length projects on slave narratives from the urban South and on representations of Southern cities in popular literature.


Kathryn McKee


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 olemiss.edu


Aimee Nezhukumatathil


Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Professor of English and Creative Writing
M.F.A., Ohio State University

Teaching interest are undergraduate and graduate poetry workshops, nature writing, environmental literature, and creative non-fiction workshops. 

Office: W111 Bondurant Hall   |   662-915-6510   |   acnezhuk at olemiss.edu


Daniel A. Novak


Daniel A. Novak

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    |   dnovak at olemiss.edu


Chris Offutt


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 olemiss.edu


Chris Offutt


Dustin Parsons

Senior Lecturer
M.F.A. Bowling Green University, 2001

Teaching and research interests: Contemporary short story, creative nonfiction, 20th century American literature, popular culture studies.

Office: W210 Bondurant Hall   |   djparson at olemiss.edu


Andrew Pfrenger

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: W207 Bondurant Hall   |   pfrenger at olemiss.edu


Karen Raber


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 olemiss.edu


Peter Reed


Peter Reed

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Florida State University

Teaches Early American Literature.

Office: C133 Bondurant   |   preed at olemiss.edu


Gregory Alan Schirmer


Gregory Alan Schirmer

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Stanford

Teaches Irish literature and British twentieth-century literature.
eggas at olemiss.edu


Jason Solinger


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 go.olemiss.edu


Beth Spencer


Beth Spencer

Lecturer in English
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 olemiss.edu


Daniel Stout


Daniel Stout

Associate 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: C214B Bondurant Hall   |   dstout at olemiss.edu


Annette Trefzer


Annette Trefzer

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Tulane University

Teaches American literature and literary theory

Office: W211 Bondurant   |   662-915-7675   |   atrefzer at olemiss.edu


Jay Watson


Jay Watson

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 olemiss.edu


Paula W. White


Paula W. White

Instructor, Branch Campuses
Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Teaching and research interests are African American Literature, Southern Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
pwwhite@olemiss.edu


Ian Whittington


Ian Whittington

Associate 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 olemiss.edu


Caroline Wigginton


Caroline Wigginton

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
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: C134 Bondurant Hall   |   662-915-7106   |   cwiggint at olemiss.edu


Peter Wirth


Peter Wirth

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Harvard

Office: W206 Bondurant   |   662-915-5035   |   phwirth at olemiss.edu


Ethel Young-Scurlock


Ethel Young-Scurlock

Associate Professor, Senior Fellow of the Lucky Day Residential College
Ph.D., Bowling Green

Teaching interests: African American literature
Office: W205B Bondurant   |   662-915-7688   |   eyoungmi at olemiss.edu