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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Faculty


Adetayo Alabi

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   |   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: 201 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


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 and Director of MFA Program
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  |   mrbondur at olemiss.edu


William Boyle

Adjunct Instructor of English 

M.A., Creative Writing, The University of Mississippi

Teaching interests include Fiction Writing

Office: 3rd Floor Lamar Hall, Suite B  |   wmboyle at olemiss.edu


Andrew Donnelly

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Harvard University

B.A., Boston College

19th Century American Literature, history of sexuality.

Office: W212 Bondurant Hall   |   adonnel1 at olemiss.edu


Erin Drew

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
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  |    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


Tim Earley

Visiting Assistant Professor
M.F.A., The University of Alabama

Teaches online courses in creative writing, early British literature, Appalachian literature, and fantasy literature.  He is the author of five collections of poetry and also writes for the tabletop roleplaying game industry.

tdearley 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


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   |   tfrankli at olemiss.edu


Ari Friedlander

Ari Friedlander 

Assistant Professor and Acting Director of Graduate Studies
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   |   ari at olemiss.edu


Melissa Ginsburg

Associate 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


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  |   agussow 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   |   jlharker at olemiss.edu


Derrick A. Harriell

Derrick A. Harriell

Otillie Schillig Associate Professor of English, African American Studies and Creative Writing
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


Max Hipp

Online Instructor in English
M.F.A., The University of Mississippi

Teaches online courses in beginning fiction, American literature, women in literature, and Mississippi literature. 

mbhipp 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

Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University

Research and teaching interests include Early Modern literature, Shakespeare, Literary theory, Film.

Office: C134 Bondurant Hall  |   egkamps at olemiss.edu


Deanna Kreisel

Deanna Kreisel

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Teaching and research interests include Victorian literature and culture; ecocriticism; feminist, gender, and queer theory; and utopian studies..

Office: C136 Bondurant Hall   |  dkk at olemiss.edu


Kate Lechler

Instructor of English 
Ph.D. Florida State University

Teaches British literature, women in literature, early modern drama, Shakespeare in film, and science-fiction/fantasy.  Has published poetry and short fiction and is currently working on a second novel, a post-apocalyptic far-future take on Moby Dick.

Office: 103 Leavell Hall   |   kalechle at olemiss.edu


Jennie Lightweis-Goff

Jennie Lightweis-Goff

Lecturer, 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.


Scott R. MacKenzie

Scott R. MacKenzie

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Cornell University

Teaching and research interests are literature of the long eighteenth century, particularly prose fiction, aesthetics, and political debate on economic matters.

Office: W205B Bondurant Hall   |  smack at olemiss.edu


Kathryn McKee

Kathryn McKee

McMullen Professor of Southern Studies, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture

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  |   kmckee at olemiss.edu


Alida Moore

Instructor, Branch Campuses

amoore 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  |   acnezhuk at olemiss.edu


Hannah Nahm

Visiting Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

African American literature and culture; Asian American literature and culture; critical race studies; gender and sexuality studies; empathy studies; psychoanalysis; theology; medical humanities; creative writing (narrative fiction)

Office: W208 Bondurant Hall  |   hwnahm 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

Instructor of English

Office: W207 Bondurant Hall   |   pfrenger at olemiss.edu


Karen Raber

Distinguished Professor of English and Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America
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

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Florida State University

Teaches Early American Literature.

Office: C133 Bondurant   |   preed at olemiss.edu


Hannah Rigby

Adjunct Instructor of English 

Office: 103 Leavell Hall   |   hrigby 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: C121 Bondurant   |   solinger at go.olemiss.edu


Beth Spencer

Beth Spencer

Senior 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 Associate Department Chair
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


Sheila Sundar

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
M.F.A., Boston University

M.A., Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Teaching and research interests are Nineteenth Century British Literature, History of the Novel and contemporary theory.

Office: W207 Bondurant Hall   |   smsundar at olemiss.edu


Annette Trefzer

Annette Trefzer

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 Distinguished Professor of English
Ph.D., Harvard University

Teaching interests: American literature, southern literature, Faulkner

Office: C211 Bondurant  |   jwatson at 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  |   iwhittin at olemiss.edu


Caroline Wigginton

Caroline Wigginton

Chair and Associate 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: C128 Bondurant Hall   |   cwiggint at olemiss.edu


Ethel Young-Scurlock

Dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College
Ph.D., Bowling Green

Teaching interests: African American literature
Office: W205B Bondurant   |   eyoungmi at olemiss.edu