Department of English

Department of English

The Department of English offers students deep engagement with literary study, a pursuit that develops writing and critical reading abilities along with strengthening communications skills and critical thinking.

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Department News

Brooke Jarvis ’07 was featured in the New York Times

Matt Mattox ’02 was featured in Richmond Times Dispatch for Martin Agency.

Lucy Nalen, ’19, had her literary magazine "And So Yeah" profiled in The Collegian.

Department of English Writers Series

Writers Series Events

The University of Richmond’s Writers Series exposes Richmond students, the greater university community, and city residents to some of today’s most celebrated writers. Readings are free and open to the public, though seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each reading will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. 

The Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of English and the School of Arts & Sciences.

Writers Series Event

October 4, 7 p.m. | Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Rachel Beanland is the author of The House Is on Fire, which was named an Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association, a ‘GMA Buzz Pick’ by Good Morning America, and one of the Best Books of 2023 (thus far) by The New Yorker.

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Writers Series Event

November 9, 7 p.m. | Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Laura Sims is the author of How Can I Help You and the critically acclaimed novel Looker, now in development for television with eOne and Emily Mortimer’s King Bee Productions.

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Upcoming Events

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Nathan Snaza
Snaza Published

Nathan Snaza, assistant professor of English, published "Why This? Affective Pedagogy in the Wake" in The Affect Theory Reader 2: Worldings, Tensions, Futures

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Dr. Elisabeth Gruner
Gruner Awarded

Elisabeth Gruner, professor of English, received the 2023 Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Richmond at Colloquy.

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Dr. Elizabeth Outka
Outka Appointed

Elizabeth Outka, professor of English was appointed the Tucker-Boatwright Professorship of Humanities.

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Dr. Julietta Singh
Singh Awarded

Julietta Singh, professor of English and Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, received an honorable mention for the book The Breaks from the Association for Asian American Studies in the Creative Writing: Prose category, awarded at their 2023 convention. 

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
English Department, Humanities Building 318
106 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8287
Fax: (804) 289-8313

Department Chair: Dr. David Stevens
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Emily Tarchokov