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  1. Sarah Marsh, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Sarah Marsh holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA and PhD in British literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her teaching interests include multidisciplinary courses in composition and literature… More

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    (202) 885-2984

  2. Richard McCann, Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor McCann is the author, most recently, of Mother of Sorrows (Vintage, 2006), a collection of linked stories that Michael Cunningham has described as 'almost unbearably beautiful'; He is also the author of Ghost Letters (1994 Beatrice Hawley A… More

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    (202) 885-2978

  3. Jocelyn McCarthy, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Jocelyn McCarthy received her BA in English from Cornell University and her MFA in Creative Writing from American University. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and is currently at work on several projects. She has lived and worked in Thailand, and t… More

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    (202) 885-8942

  4. Heather McDonald, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Heather McDonald earned her MFA from American University and her BA from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Prior to teaching, she was a web writer and editor. She is interested in transferability between creative writing and composition… More

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    (202) 885-8930

  5. Jeffrey Middents, Associate Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Middents studies and teaches film and world literature, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the 1980s, and serves as the advisor to the Cinema Studies minor. His film-oriented courses cover a wide range of c… More

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    (202) 885-2979

  6. Glenn Moomau, Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Glenn Moomau is the author of Ted Nugent Condominium: From Boston to Austin with the Glenmont Popes (AP Press, 2001). His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in storySouth, Memoir Journal, Art Works, Link, Bomb, Living Blues, The Little Patuxe… More

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    (202) 885-2924

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  8. Marianne Noble, Associate Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Noble's teaching and research interests include American literature, culture studies, and gender studies, with a particular emphasis on the construction of sexuality in nineteenth-century American women's literature. She is the author of Th… More

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    (202) 885-2988

  9. Kristina Oakes, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Kristina Kasik Oakes earned her MA from Boston College and her BA from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to teaching at AU she taught high school English in Central Virginia and writing at Central Virginia Community College. Her academic interes… More

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    (202) 885-6364

  10. Deborah C. Payne, Associate Professor

    CAS - Literature

    An expert in dramatic literature and theatre history, Professor Payne has published extensively on 17th and 18th-century drama and performance, writing on topics ranging from the Restoration actress to baroque opera. Currently she is completing a boo… More

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    (202) 885-2997

  11. Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Visiting Assistant Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. *USA Today* called the book "deeply moving" and "beautifully written." *People* called it "a devastatingly beautiful account of a cruel past." *O, The Oprah Magazine* c… More

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  12. David Pike, Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Pike is Chair of the Department of Literature (June 2016-May 2019). His most recent book is Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World (U of Toronto P, 2012). He is the author of Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Mo… More

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    (202) 885-2996

  13. Tom Ratekin, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Ratekin teaches courses in twentieth-century literature and film. His interests include modern British, American, and world literature, postmodernism, literary theory, consumer culture, psychoanalysis, genre studies and the memoir. His book… More

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    (202) 885-6341

  14. Roberta Rubenstein, Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Rubenstein's primary teaching interests include Modernist fiction, literature by Modernist and contemporary women writers, and feminist literary theory. She has published more than thirty articles and book chapters, as well as six books, tw… More

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    (202) 885-2993

  15. Richard Sha, Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Sha teaches courses in Nineteenth-Century Literature, especially British Romanticism, and in Asian American Literature. He has drafted a new book entitled,  Science and Imagination in Romanticism, 1750-1850, for which he has received a 2012… More

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    (202) 885-2928

  16. Anita Sherman, Associate Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Anita Gilman Sherman studies 16th and 17th century literature, specializing in works that have problems of knowledge and interpretation at their thematic center. Her book, Skepticism and Memory in Shakespeare and Donne (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), exp… More

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    (202) 885-2985

  17. Kathleen Smith, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Kathleen Smith’s teaching and research focus on the later Middle Ages. Her current book project draws together legal, literary, religious, and social history and examines the concept of intention as a tool for imagining the moral self. In particular,… More

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  18. Rachel Louise Snyder, Associate Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Rachel Louise Snyder is a writer, professor and public radio commentator. Her first book Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade was published in 2007 by WW Norton. An excerpt of the book –aired on T… More

  19. Peter Starr, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Peter Starr joined American University as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2009. In this role, he is responsible for 324 full-time faculty in 17 departments, 1820 undergraduate majors, 979 graduate students and over 40% of all enrollm… More

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    (202) 885-2446

  20. Mary Switalski, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Mary Switalski began teaching at AU in 2007 while completing her MFA. She earned her BA in English Literature with a Creative Writing Subconcentration from the University of Michigan. She has also taught at the University of Maryland. She writes shor… More

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    (202) 885-3638

  21. Adam Tamashasky, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Adam has been with the College Writing Program since 2004. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1999 with a BA in English, then came to AU's MFA Program. His poetry most recently appeared in 491 Magazine, and he's also published in The Belle… More

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    (202) 885-8933

  22. Alison Thomas, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Alison Thomas earned a BA in English and Spanish from Cornell University. She completed her MFA in creative writing at American University and writes short fiction and non-fiction essays. She has taught College Writing at AU since 2005. Her research … More

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    (202) 885-8945

  23. Sarah Trembath, Instructor

    CAS - Literature

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  24. Margaret Twigg, Instructor

    CAS - Literature

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  25. Linda Voris, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Voris’s teaching and research interests include twentieth-century American and British literature, the intellectual history of modernism and its relation to the visual arts, as well as contemporary lyrical and experimental poetry. Her book … More

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    (202) 885-8955

  26. Katherine Wilson, Associate Chair, Literature

    CAS - Literature

    Kate Wilson double-majored in music and English at Stanford University and holds an MA in Medieval Studies and PhD in English from The Catholic University of America. Her research interests include medieval literature, 15th century British drama, cla… More

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    (202) 885-3917

  27. Li (Lily) Wong, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Lily Wong received her PhD in Comparative Literature at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research pays close attention to the politics of affect/emotion, gender and sexuality, as well as media formations of transpacific Chinese, Sinophone… More

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    (202) 885-2987

  28. Lacey Wootton, Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Lacey Wootton completed her MA in Literature at AU in 1999 and has taught in the College Writing Program since then. Prior to her time at AU, she earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley, worked in publishing, and returned to Berkeley to earn her te… More

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    (202) 885-2982

  29. Melissa Young, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Melissa Scholes Young is a writer and a teacher. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Ploughshares, Narrative, Poets & Writers, Brain, Child, Huffington Post, Poet Lore, and other literary journals.  She is a Contributing Edi… More

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    (202) 885-6523