Faculty & Staff

headshot of Dr. David  Stevens
Professor of English
Chair, Department of English

Specialties:
  • Creative Writing
  • American Literature (19th Century to the present)
  • The Short Story
  • The Western
  • Canadian Literature
Contact:
(804) 289-8310
headshot of Dr. Bertram  Ashe
Professor of English
Africana Studies Advisory Board Member

Specialties:
  • African American Literature and Culture
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • Black Vernacular Tradition
  • Post-Blackness
Contact:
(804) 289-8292
Writer in Residence
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Visiting Associate Professor of English
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headshot of Dr. Laura  Browder
Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies
Interdisciplinary Program Coordinator, American Studies

Specialties:
  • Women in combat
  • American autobiography
  • Women and guns
  • American Communist Party (Earl Browder)
  • Civil rights in Richmond
Contact:
(804) 289-8312
headshot of Dr. Abigail  Cheever
Associate Professor of English

Specialties:
  • Post World War II American novels and films
  • Contemporary American literature and culture
  • Hollywood Film
Contact:
(804) 289-8297
headshot of Dr. Daryl  Dance
Professor of English, Emerita
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headshot of Dr. Joe  Essid
Director, Writing Center

Specialties:
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Generative AI
  • Writing Centers
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
Contact:
(804) 289-8935
headshot of Dr. Elisabeth  Gruner
Professor of English

Specialties:
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • Fairy Tales and Retellings
  • Victorian Fiction
  • Writing & Writing Pedagogy
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Learning from Student Feedback
Contact:
(804) 289-8298
headshot of Mr. Brian  Henry
Professor of English and Creative Writing

Specialties:
  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Translation
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Literary Editing and Publishing
Contact:
(804) 287-643
headshot of Dr. Dona  Hickey
Professor of English, Emerita
Contact:
(804) 289-1757
headshot of Dr. Raymond F. Hilliard
Professor of English, Emeritus

Specialties:
  • Eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British novel
Contact:
(804) 289-8289
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
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headshot of Dr. Suzanne  Jones
Professor of English, Emerita

Specialties:
  • Southern Literature
  • Literature by Women
  • The Novel
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headshot of Dr. Peter  Lurie
Associate Professor of English
Contact:
(804) 289-8318
headshot of Dr. Joyce  MacAllister
Associate Professor of English Emerita

Specialties:
  • History & Biography
  • Rhetoric & Composition
Contact:
(804) 289-8309
headshot of Dr. Thomas  Manganaro
Associate Professor of English

Specialties:
  • 18th-century and Romantic literature
  • Literature in relation to intellectual history and ethics
  • Literature and science
  • The novel
  • Arab-American literature and culture
Contact:
(804) 289-8289
headshot of Dr. Elizabeth  Outka
Professor of English
Tucker-Boatwright Professor of Humanities

Specialties:
  • Modernism
  • Twentieth-century British and Irish literature and culture
  • History of the novel
Contact:
(804) 287-1806
Associate Professor of English

Specialties:
  • Early-American Literature
  • U.S. Apocalyptic Literature
  • Race and slavery
  • American Humor
  • Philosophies of Humor
Contact:
(804) 289-8776
headshot of Dr. Anthony  Russell
Associate Professor of English and Italian Studies
Coordinator, Italian Studies Program

Specialties:
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Comparative Literature (English, Italian, French)
  • Shakespeare
Contact:
(804) 289-8294
headshot of Dr. Louis  Schwartz
Professor of English

Specialties:
  • 16th- and Early 17th-Century English Literature and Culture
  • 16th- and Early 17th-Century English Medical and Obstetric History
  • History and Theory of English Poetics
Contact:
(804) 289-8315
headshot of Dr. Monika  Siebert
Associate Professor of English
Program Coordinator, Film Studies

Specialties:
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Indigenous literature and film in North America
Contact:
(804) 289-8311
headshot of Dr. Julietta  Singh
Professor of English and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Interdisciplinary Program Coordinator, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Specialties:
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Queer Theory
  • Environmental Humanities
Contact:
(804) 289-8308
headshot of Dr. Nathan  Snaza
Assistant Professor of English
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member
Director, Bridge to Success Program
Coordinator, Humanities in Arts & Sciences

Specialties:
  • Modern Narrative, primarily British and American
  • Literary Theory and Continental Philosophy
  • Affect Theory and Biopolitics
  • Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, Critical Pedagogy, Literacy Studies
  • Sexuality and Gender Studies
Contact:
(804) 289-8300
headshot of Ms. Emily  Tarchokov
Administrative Coordinator, English
Contact:
(804) 289-8287