Current Faculty

David Anderson

Associate Professor

David Anderson comes to us from

 

Research Interests

African American Literature, especially poetry and the Harlem Renaissance; American Poetry

 


S. Matthew Biberman

Professor

S. Matthew Biberman comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Literary Theory, Creative Writing, Early Modern English Literature, Holocaust Studies


Dale B. Billingsley

Professor

Dale B. Billingsley received his B.A. magna cum laude in English and history from Texas Christian University (1972), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was a Rotary International Fellow at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (1972-73), and returned to the United States for graduate study in Renaissance literature at Yale University, where he earned the M.A. (1974), M.Phil. (1975), and Ph.D. (1977).  He has published on Thomas More and his circle, on Plato, Mandeville, Gascoigne, Shakespeare, and Twain as well as studies of early printed editions of Euclid's Elementa.

 

Research Interests

Early modern literature; early history of print technology


Beth Boehm

Professor

Beth Boehm comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Narrative theory, rhetorial theory, intersection between composition studies and literary studies; postmodern and Victorian narratives

 


Brenda Brueggemann

Director of Composition

Brenda Brueggemann comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Pedagogy, especially in higher education; Writing program; Deaf studies and rhetoric; Disability studies and rhetoric

 


Karen Chandler

Associate Professor

Karen Chandler comes to us from

 

Research Interests

I am researching and writing about children’s and young adult literature, American and African American literature and vernacular cultures. Julius Lester is the focus of one current project; literature about and illustrations of jazz performance are the focus of another.

 


Amy Clukey

Assistant Professor

Amy Clukey comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Global Modernism, Southern Studies, Irish Literature

 


Julia Dietrich

Professor

Julia Dietrich joined the English Department faculty in 1978. She received her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and teaches courses on medieval literature and culture, on Shakespeare, and on literary and rhetorical theory. Her current research is in the theory of argumentation in the Middle Ages.

 

Research Interests

Medieval literature and culture; Shakespeare; Medieval rhetoric; Argumentation

 


Alan Golding

Professor

Alan Golding comes to us from

 

Research Interests

American poetry, modern and contemporary American literature, history and theory of the avant-garde, poetry and politics.

 


Susan Griffin

Professor
Distinguished University Scholar

Susan M. Griffin received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is the editor of the Henry James Review (Johns Hopkins UP) and author and editor of books on James, on anti-Catholicism, and on film. Her scholarship and teaching center on nineteenth-century American and British literature and culture, with a focus on fiction. She is an affiliated faculty member in Women & Gender Studies.

 

Research Interests

American and British 19th-C Literature & Culture; Henry James; 19th-C Ghost Fictions

 


Paul Griner

Professor

Paul Griner, a former Fulbright Scholar, is the author of the short story collection Follow Me (Random House), a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and the novels Collectors (Random House) and The German Woman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His work has been published in Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares, Playboy, Zoetrope, The Telegraph of India, and many other magazines, journals, and anthologies, and has been translated into a half dozen languages.  His novel Second Life will be published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull in January 2015.  His collection of stories Hurry Please, I Want To Know, will be published by Sarabande in June 2015.

He is the recipient of UofL’s Outstanding Teaching Awards at both the college and university levels as well as well as the Graduate School’s Outstanding Mentor Award.  He has a BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard, and an MA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

Research Interests

Creative Writing: Fiction (Novel and short story), creative non-fiction, poetry. The development of the short story in Europe, America and Latin America, Latin-American poetry and prose, The literature of Nature

 


Karen Hadley

Associate Professor

Karen Hadley comes to us from

 

Research Interests

William Wordsworth; Anna Laetitia Barbauld; history and time in Romantic studies; critical and literary theory; language philosophy; gender theory and criticism

 


Bruce Horner

Professor

Bruce Horner comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Relationships between the globalizing of English, the globalizing economy, the U.S. “English Only” movement, and composition studies; labor, class, and composition; histories, theories, and pedagogies of basic writing; critical forms of literacy ethnography; the politics of literacy instruction; the cultural study of musics.

 


Aaron Jaffe

Professor

Aaron Jaffe is a Professor of English. He works on modern and contemporary literature and culture, with a special interest in cultural and aesthetic theory. He received his B.A. from Colgate (1993) and his Ph.D. from Indiana University (2001). He has been a Alexander von Humboldt fellow in Berlin, Germany.

 

Research Interests

Modernism and Cultural Theory

 


Timothy Johnson

Assistant Professor

Timothy Johnson comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Organizational Rhetoric; Rhetoric of Economics; Archives; Rhetorical History; Writing Across the Curriculum; Genre Theory; Professional/Technical Writing

 


Karen Kopelson

Associate Professor

Karen Kopelson comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Rhetoric and writing studies; critical theory and cultural studies (especially feminisms and queer theory); questions of disciplinarity; rhetoric of health and medicine.

 


Andrea Olinger

Assistant Professor

Dr. Olinger joined the faculty in 2014 after receiving her PhD in English with a specialization in Writing Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current research focuses on how writers in different disciplines understand and practice “style."

 

Research Interests

Writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines, methods of discourse analysis, qualitative research, second language writing, literacy studies, composition studies, pedagogy

 


Kiki Petrosino

Associate Professor
Director of Creative Writing

Kiki Petrosino comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Creative Writing, Contemporary American Poetry, Women in Literature, Minority Traditions in English.

 


Andrew Rabin

Associate Professor

Andrew Rabin comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Old English Language and Literature, Anglo-Saxon Law, History of the English Language, Middle English Literature, Medieval Theories of Language and Rhetoric

 


Glynis Ridley

Department Chair

Glynis Ridley comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Eighteenth-Century Studies, incl. the political iconography of the 18thC English landscape garden; History of Rhetoric; Animal Studies

 


Mary I. Rosner

Associate Professor

Mary I. Rosner comes to us from

 

Research Interests

More Specific Interests in Transfer Work between Writing Center Sessions, Rhetoric of Science, Victorian Travel, Feminism and Science, Victorian Insanities (aka "Those Crazy Victorians"), Visual Rhetoric, and Classical Rhetoric

 


Susan Ryan

Associate Professor
Vice Chair

Susan Ryan comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century reform movements; history of authorship; American periodicals.

 


Stephen Schneider

Assistant Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Stephen Schneider comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Social movement rhetoric; Education and social change; African American rhetoric; Rhetorical and critical theory

 


Mary P. Sheridan

Professor

Mary P. Sheridan comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Digital Media; Writing Studies and Community Literacy; Gender Studies (Feminist Methods; Girls' Studies)

 


Jeffrey Skinner

Professor

Jeffrey Skinner comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Contemporary poetry, Drama

 


Hristomir A. Stanev

Assistant Professor

Dr. Stanev, originally from Bulgaria, received his M.A. from the Ohio State University in 2003 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2009. After teaching at Washington University in St. Louis for a year, he joined the English Department at the University of Louisville in 2010. He specializes in early modern British literature and culture with a particular focus on Renaissance drama. His current research examines the intersection of metropolitan life and the human senses in the works of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights. His articles have appeared in Postmedieval, ANQ, and Early Theatre, and his book, Sensory Experience and the Metropolis on the Jacobean Stage (1603-1625), was published by Ashgate in the fall of 2014.

 

Research Interests

Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century British Drama; Shakespeare – Canon and Apocrypha; Dramatic Production – Cultural and Material History; Early Modern Urban Culture; Gender Studies in the English Renaissance; History of the Senses and Sensation in Literature

 


Joseph Turner

Assistant Professor

Joseph Turner comes to us from

 

Research Interests

History of Rhetoric; Roman and Medieval Rhetoric; History of the Discipline; Medieval Literature

 


Ann Elizabeth Willey

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ann Elizabeth Willey comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Sub-Saharan African Literature, in French and English, Indigenous language literatures in translation, Postcolonial Theory ,African film and popular culture studies, Postcolonial interventions in theories of modernity and the nation, especially as inflected by gender

 


Bronwyn T. Williams

Director of Writing Center

Bronwyn T. Williams is a professor of English and director of the University Writing Center. He writes and teaches on issues of literacy, identity, digital media, and popular culture. His recent books are New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders and Shimmering Literacies: Popular Culture and Reading and Writing Online. He received his Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Research Interests

Literacy, identity, digital media, popular culture, and creative nonfiction

 


Elaine O. Wise

Assistant Professor

Elaine O. Wise comes to us from

 

Research Interests

Medieval and Renaissance Cultures, Interdisciplinary Theory in the Arts and Humanities