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Faculty Profiles

  • Ann Brunjes

    Ann Brunjes
    Professor and Chairperson of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 316
    Tel:
    508.531.2564

    Research and Teaching Interests:
    American Literature: Beginnings through the Nineteenth Century
    Poetry and Prose of Timothy Dwight
    Constructions of Authorship in Early America

    Recent Publications:
    Co-authored with Michelle Cox. "Supporting Faculty as Writers at a Teaching-Mission Institution," chapter in Working with Faculty Writers, eds. Anne Ellen Geller and Michele Eodice. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2013.

    "Timothy Dwight's Surprising Encounters with the Land in Greenfield Hill and Travels in New England and New York." Chapter in Sovereignty, Separatism, and Survivance: Ideological Encounters in the Literature of Native North America, ed. Benjamin Carson. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

    Timothy Dwight's Travels in New England and New York, Samson Occom's A Short Narrative of My Life, and the Rhetoric of Race." Chapter in Assimilation and Subversion in Earlier American Literature, ed. Robin DeRosa. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.

    "Hugh Henry Brackenridge,"  "David Humphreys," and "Royall Tyler." Entries in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry [Seven Volumes] edited by Jeffrey H. Gray, James McCorkel, and Mary Balkun. Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 2005.

    Degrees

    BA, Colgate University
    MA, New York University
    PhD, New York University

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  • Halina Adams

    Halina Adams
    Assistant Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 323
    Tel:
    508.531.1258

    Dr. Halina Adams received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Delaware. She teaches sections of Writing Rhetorically, Literary Themes, and English Romantic Poets. Halina is currently working on two research projects. The first focuses on architecture, imagination, and revolution during the Romantic period; the second examines the intersection of masculinity and the materiality of books during the long nineteenth century. When her nose is not in a book, Halina enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and hunting for (and taking photographs of) wild mushrooms.

    Degrees

    BA, University of British Columbia
    MA, PhD, University of Delaware

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  • Joyce Rain Anderson

    Joyce Rain Anderson
    Professor of English; U.S. Ethnic and Indigenous Studies Coordinator
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 320
    Tel:
    508.531.2508
    Areas of Expertise

    First-year composition
    Personal and Public Writing
    Writing about Others
    Composition/Rhetoric
    English Language Learners
    Cultural Rhetorics
    Indigenous and Survivance Rhetorics
    American Indian Boarding Schools
    (Re)presentations of Indigenous Peoples
    Vernacular Literacies

    Degrees

    BA, MA, University of Massachusetts at Boston
    PhD,University of New Hampshire at Durham, 2005, Composition And Rhetoric

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  • Alba Aragón

    Alba Aragón
    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature; Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 331
    Tel:
    508.531.2759

    Alba F. Aragón is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature. She teaches courses in Spanish language and Hispanic literatures in the Department of Global Languages and Literatures, as well as courses in U.S. Latino and Latin American literature in translation in the Department of English.

    Dr. Aragón’s current research focuses on the significance of fashion and the dressed body in key texts of modern Latin American literature and culture. Engaging in archival research and drawing from the fields of history, social anthropology, critical theory, and gender studies, her work articulates the role of fashion in advancing specific political and artistic agendas in modern Latin America. She has also engaged in literary translation, and some of this work has appeared in anthologies of poetry by Central American women.

    She is also Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender/GLBT Studies programs at BSU.

    For more on Dr. Aragón’s work, see:
    Faculty Recognition: Dr. Alba Aragón, Global Languages/English
    Faculty Member Speaks at Spanish Embassy

    Degrees

    BA, New College of Florida
    AM, PhD, Harvard University

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  • Heidi Bean

    Heidi Bean
    Associate Professor of English; Acting Chairperson of Theatre
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 214
    Tel:
    508.531.2031

    Research and Teaching Interests:
    Modern and Contemporary Drama
    American Literature
    Performance Studies
    American Studies

    Recent Publications:
    Books
    Poetry after Cultural Studies (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2011): 241 pages. A collection of ten critical essays, co-edited with Mike Chasar, on the future of poetry studies in the wake of cultural studies, this volume includes contributions by Edward Brunner, Maria Damon, Cary Nelson, Carrie Noland, Barrett Watten, and others. Introductory essay co-authored with Mike Chasar.

    Edited Journal Issues
    Poet's Theater. Postmodern Culture 20.1 (Sept. 2009). The first collection of critical essays devoted to an analysis of American poets' theater, co-edited with Laura Hinton, frames the critical strategies of poets' theater since the 1960s by focusing on the theater and performance work of Ron Silliman Carla Harryman, Fiona Templeton, and Mac Wellman. Introductory essay co-authored with Laura Hinton. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/postmodern_culture/toc/pmc.20.1.html.

    Poetries. Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 8/9 (Spring/Fall, 2006): 159 pages. A collection of essays on the intersection of poetry and cultural studies, co-edited with Adalaide Morris and Mike Chasar, this double issue includes essays by Ed Brunner, Alan Ramon Clinton, Cary Nelson, Susan Somers-Willett, and Daniel Tiffany, with additional commentary by Michael Davidson, Heather DuBrow, Meta Duwa-Jones, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Walter Lew, Jerome McGann, Marjorie Perloff, Mark W. Van Wienan, and others. Introductory essay co-authored with Adalaide Morris and Mike Chasar.

    Journal Articles
    "Carla Harryman's Non/Narrative and the Ethics of Dispersive Theater." Postmodern Culture 20.1 (Sept. 2009): http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/postmodern_culture/v020/20.1.bean.html.

    Repeating Gertrude Stein: Language, Performativity, and Hypermediated Theater," Text and Performance Quarterly 27.3 (July 2007): 168-194.

    Areas of Expertise

    Twentieth-Century Drama, Theater, and Performance
    Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture Performance Studies

    Degrees

    BA, Indiana University
    MA, University of Iowa
    PhD, University of Iowa, English (American Literature and Drama)

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  • Matt Bell

    Matt Bell
    Associate Professor of English; Film Studies Coordinator
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 311
    Tel:
    508.531.1467

    Research and Teaching Interests:
    Queer Studies
    Twentieth-Century American Literature
    Film
    Critical Theory

    Recent Publications:
    The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics (editor). Wayne State University Press, 2016. http://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/boys-band

    "Inhuman Temporality: Koyaanisqatsi." The Bridgewater Review, vol. 32, no. 1, 2013, pp. 19-22.

    "When Harry Met Harry." Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare, edited by Madhavi Menon, Duke University Press, 2011, pp. 106-113.

    “Black Ground, Gay Figure: Working through Another Country, Black Power, and Gay Liberation." American Literature, vol. 79, no. 3, 2007, pp. 577-603.

    "'Your worst fears made flesh': The Manchurian Candidate's Paranoid Delusion and Gay Liberation." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, 2006, pp. 85-116.

    Awards:
    Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching, Bridgewater State University, 2016

    Degrees

    BA, University of California at Riverside 
    MA, PhD, Tufts University

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  • Benjamin Carson

    Benjamin Carson
    Associate Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 339
    Tel:
    508.531.1456
    Areas of Expertise

    Research and Teaching Interests:
    Native American literature
    African American literature
    American literature
    Literary Theory
    Multi-ethnic literature

    Degrees

    BA, University of South Dakota
    MA, PhD, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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  • Greg Chaplin

    Greg Chaplin
    Associate Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 306
    Tel:
    508.531.2606
    Areas of Expertise

    Sixteenth- Century British Literature and Culture
    Seventeenth- Century British Literature and Culture

    Degrees

    BA, Albright College
    PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

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  • James Crowley

    James Crowley
    Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 315
    Tel:
    508.531.1472
    Degrees

    BA, College of the Holy Cross
    MA, PhD, University of Delaware

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  • Kimberly Chabot Davis

    Kimberly Chabot Davis
    Professor of English; Graduate Coordinator
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 328
    Tel:
    508.531.1474

    Publications (Books):
    Postmodern Texts and Emotional Audiences (Purdue UP, 2007)
    Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading (University of Illinois Press, 2014)

    Areas of Expertise

    20th-century American literature
    Film studies
    Ethnic and African American literature
    Reception studies
    Whiteness studies
    Women's studies

    Degrees

    BA, History and Literature, Harvard University
    MA, PhD, English, University of Virginia

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  • Anne Doyle

    Anne Doyle
    Associate Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 333
    Tel:
    508.531.2886
    Areas of Expertise

    Composition theory
    Rhetoric
    Business writing
    Linguistics
    The teaching of writing
    Voice and authority in texts
    Reading/writing connection
    Discourse analysis

    Degrees

    BA, Emmanuel College
    MA, Boston College
    PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

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  • Kathryn Evans

    Kathryn Evans
    Professor of English; Director of Writing Studio
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 302
    Tel:
    508.531.2432
    Areas of Expertise

    Composition theory, including response to student writing
    Qualitative research methods
    Sociohistoric theory
    Writing centers
    WAC/CAC

    Degrees

    BA, University of Chicago
    MA, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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  • Stacy Faulkner

    Instructor of English
    Tillinghast Hall
    Tel:
    508.531.1258
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  • Allyson Salinger Ferrante

    Assistant Professor of English; Coordinator of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.2440
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  • Emily Donaldson Field

    Emily Donaldson Field
    Assistant Professor of English; Coordinator of African American Studies
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 202
    Tel:
    508.531.1322

    Research and Teaching Interests:

    Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature; African American literature; multiethnic literatures and histories from all periods; comparative ethnic literatures; Native American literature; race and ethnicity studies.

    Publications:

    "The Souls of Henry Adams: Du Boisian Aspects of The Education." Arizona Quarterly 67.3 (2011): 61-90.

    "'Excepting Himself': Olaudah Equiano, Native Americans, and the Civilizing Mission." MELUS: Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 34.4 (2009): 15-38.

    "How Dangerous Can a Book Be? Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Great Books for High School Kids: A Teachers' Guide to Books That Can Change Teens' Lives. Ed. Rick Ayers and Amy Crawford. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004. 38-60.

    Degrees

    BA, Columbia University
    MA, PhD, Boston University

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  • Erin Kalish

    Erin Kalish
    Instructor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 306
    Tel:
    508.531.1883

    Erin Kalish completed her AM in British and American literature at Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches frst-year writing courses as well as 200-level literature courses and 300-level 19th-century British literature. Her research interests include Victorian social fction and Gothic literature.

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  • Kevin Kalish

    Kevin Kalish
    Associate Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 204
    Tel:
    508.531.3878

    Research and Teaching Interests:
    Literature of the Ancient World; Classical Tradition in English Literature; Bible as Literature; Religion and Literature

    Recent Publications:
    Review of "The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature" in Religion and Literature 42.3 (2010)

    "The Presence of Hades in the Codex of Visions" in Proceedings of the 26th Annual Congress of Papyrology (2012)

    "Imagining what Eve would have said after Cain's murder of Abel: rhetorical practice and Biblical interpretation in an early Byzantine homily" in Bridgewater Review, 31.2 (2012).

    Degrees

    BA, Boston University
    MA, Washington University
    PhD, Princeton University

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  • John Kucich

    John Kucich
    Professor of English; Coordinator of the Center for Sustainability
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 314
    Tel:
    508.531.2722

    In my dozen years of teaching at the college and secondary school level, I've been continually fascinated watching how literature opens up the world for me and for my students. Literature jolts us out of our familiar assumptions and understandings, forcing us to confront the world anew. As a teacher, my focus has always been on giving my students the tools to refashion their understanding of the world, helping them attend to the nuances of language and the complicated cultural forces in which literature takes shape. My research in American literature has focused on how people have used writing to reshape their own environments, both natural and social, particularly across cultural lines, and I've brought the same perspective to the classroom. I use literature to challenge students (and teachers of students) to confront the limits of their assumptions and to wrestle with worlds of difference literature embodies.

    Areas of Expertise

    19th century American literature
    Teaching English
    American spiritualism
    Literature and the Environment
    Multi-ethnic literature

    Degrees

    BA, Williams College
    MAT, Brown University
    PhD, Tufts University

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  • Lisa Litterio

    Lisa Litterio
    Assistant Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 309
    Tel:
    508.531.2183

    Research and Teaching Interests:
    Technical Communication
    Rhetorical Theory
    Digital Pedagogies
    Multimodal Composing

    Publications:
    Dr. Litterio's work appears in journals such as The Journal of Business and Technical Communication and Rhetoric Review. She has a forthcoming book chapter entitled, "Multimodal Composers, Digital Curators: Examining Standards for Nonprint Texts through the Digital Expository Writing (DEW) Program" in James Purdy's and Randall McClure's Next Digital Scholar. She has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, including: Columbia University's Teacher's College Educational Technology Conference, the National Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the National Communication Association Conference (NCA), and the International Writing Center Association's (IWCA) Conference.

    Degrees

    BA, College of the Holy Cross, Classics
    MA, University of New Hampshire, Literature with concentration in Composition and Rhetoric
    PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Communication and Rhetoric

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  • Bruce Machart

    Associate Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 208
    Tel:
    508.531.1422

    Research and Teaching Interests:
    Fiction Writing
    Narrative Craft
    History of Short Fiction
    Contemporary American Literature

    Recent Publications:
    Until Daylight Delivers Me (a novel): Forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015.
    Men in the Making (a collection of short stories): Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2011).
    The Wake of Forgiveness (a novel): Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2010).

    Degrees

    BA, University of Houston
    MFA, Ohio State University, English/Fiction Writing

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  • Sarah Fawn Montgomery

    Sarah Fawn Montgomery
    Assistant Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 204
    Tel:
    508.531.2865

    Research and Teaching Interests:

    Creative Nonfiction Writing
    Poetry Writing
    Women’s and Gender Studies 
    Disability Studies 
    Literary Editing and Publishing 

    Recent Publications:

    Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir (a memoir from The Ohio State University Press, 2018)
    Regenerate: Poems of Mad Women (a chapbook of poems from Dancing Girl Press, 2017)
    Leaving Tracks: A Prairie Guide (a chapbook of poems from Finishing Line Press, 2017)
    The Astronaut Checks His Watch (a chapbook of poems from Finishing Line Press, 2014)

    Degrees

    BA, California State Polytechnic University
    MFA, California State University at Fresno
    PhD, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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  • John Mulrooney

    John Mulrooney
    Associate Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 313
    Tel:
    508.531.2520
    Degrees

    AA, Dean College
    BA, Suffolk University
    MFA, New York University

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  • Garrett W. Nichols

    Garrett W. Nichols
    Assistant Professor of English
    Email:
    Degrees

    BA, Grove City College
    MA, Illinois State University
    PhD, Texas A&M University

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  • James Norman

    Instructor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 315
    Tel:
    508.531.1258
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  • Carrie Oeding

    Carrie Oeding
    Assistant Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 231
    Tel:
    508.531.1258

    Carrie Oeding's book of poems, Our List of Solutions, was the winner of the Lester M. Wolfson prize and published by 42 Miles Press. Her poetry and creative nonfiction has appeared in such places as Bennington Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Brevity, and Denver Quarterly. She is the 2020 recipient of Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

    Areas of Expertise

    Creative Writing, Contemporary American Literature, Hybrid Poetics, Creative Writing Pedagogy, College Writing

    Degrees

    BA, University of Minnesota
    MFA, Eastern Washington University
    PhD, Ohio University

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  • Melissa Santos

    Instructor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 316
    Tel:
    508.531.2290
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  • Ellen Scheible

    Ellen Scheible
    Associate Professor of English; Coordinator of Irish Studies
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 210
    Tel:
    508.531.2348

    Research and Teaching Interests:

    Dr. Ellen Scheible's research interests include Irish Studies, British modernism, modern gothic fiction, the domestic interior, and the postcolonial body. In her current work, Dr. Scheible explores representations of gender and sexuality within the discourse of homes and homelessness in Irish fiction, the role of homemaking in configurations of the nation in twentieth-century writing, and the influence of the gothic tradition on modern subjectivity.

    Dr. Scheible was a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland Galway (2016). Previously, she was awarded a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship to support research in Dublin (2014). She is the associate editor of Bridgewater Review and the coordinator of the Bridgewater State University Irish Studies Program. She has published on Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and others. She is co-editor of Rethinking Joyce's Dubliners (Palgrave 2017). Dr. Scheible is also President of the New England branch of the American Conference for Irish Studies (NE ACIS). 

    Recent Publications:

    2017 Rethinking Joyce's Dubliners. Edited by Claire A. Culleton and Ellen Scheible. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    2014 "Imperialism, Aesthetics, and Gothic Confrontation in The Picture of Dorian Gray" in New Hibernia Review 18.4.

    2014 "'Call her calamity electrifies man': ALP and the Movement of Archive in Finnegans Wake in Hypermedia Joyce Studies v.13.

    2013 Advisor for "Neil Jordan" in Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers. Ed. Laurie Lanzen Harris and Sheila Fitzgerald. Detroit: Gale.

    2010 "The Bog Gothic" in The Cracked Lookingglass: Highlights from the Milberg Collection of Irish Prose Writers. Princeton: Princeton University Library.

    Degrees

    BA, St. Mary's College of Maryland, English
    MA, PhD, Claremont Graduate University

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  • John P. Sexton

    John P. Sexton
    Associate Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 305
    Tel:
    508.531.1471

    When time allows, Dr. Sexton is a regular contributor to MassMedieval, the Massachusetts State Universities Medieval Studies Blog. He is also the co-President of the New England Saga Society (NESS), an academic society dedicated to promoting the study of medieval Icelandic literature and culture in North American academe.

    Areas of Expertise

    Anglo-Saxon Literature
    British Literature of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, 600-1649AD
    Chaucer and the 14th century
    Church History to 1600
    Hagiography
    Icelandic Sagas
    Medieval Disability Studies

    Degrees

    BA, Goddard College, 1996, Liberal Arts
    MA, University of Connecticut, 2000,  Medieval Studies
    PhD, University of Connecticut, 2007, Medieval Studies

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  • Lee Torda

    Associate Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 310
    Tel:
    508.531.2436
    Degrees

    BS, Ohio University
    MA, University of Maine
    PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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  • Elizabeth Veisz

    Elizabeth Veisz
    Associate Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 211
    Tel:
    508.531.3890
    Areas of Expertise

    18th-century British literature
    Gender studies
    Postcolonial theory

    Degrees

    BA, Stanford University
    MA, PhD, University of Maryland

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  • Kathleen Vejvoda

    Professor of English
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 308
    Tel:
    508.531.2425

    Professor Vejvoda has published articles on nineteenth-century British fiction and poetry, Irish folklore, and Irish cinema in peer-reviewed journals such as Victorian Literature and Culture and Irish Studies Review.  Her essay on race and gender in Irish cinema was reprinted in Screening Irish-America (ed. Ruth Barton; Irish Academic Press, 2009).  Her current book-length project is entitled Children in Irish Cinema.

    Her poetry and creative nonfiction appear in Irish Feminist Review, Southword, and New England Review.

    Areas of Expertise

    Irish Cinema and Folklore
    Victorian Fiction with an emphasis on the Brontes, George Eliot, and Dickens
    The Ghost Story and Horror Film
    Religion and Literature
    Disability Studies

    Degrees

    BA, University of Massachusetts at Boston
    MA, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

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  • Jing Xiaoying

    Visiting Scholar
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 340
    Tel:
    508.531.1258

    Ms. Jing Xiaoying is a visiting scholar in the field of American and English Literature. Ms.Jing will stay here at BSU for the full 2018-2019 academic year. She graduated from Wuhan University with bachelor’s degree, and later obtained her Master of Arts in American and British Literature. She is Associate Professor in the Foreign Languages College of Shanghai Normal University, teaching 2 courses: Selected Readings of American and Euro Literature, and college English. Her research interests include contemporary urban American literature, literary psychology, and comparative literature. She has 9 theses published in academic journals and 7 books edited and published. These include: “In Search of General Characters of Human Beings in Different Cultures—A Perspective on Land Complex in The Good Earth”(Academics,2016);“To Be, or Not to Be—A Study of  Themes of Paradoxical Existence in Gravity’s Rainbow”( Jiangxi Social Sciences, 2016);“On His Borrowing and Innovation in Gao Xingjian’s Art of Drama—A Comparison Between Dramatic Methods in Bus Stop and Waiting for Godot ” ( Literatures in Chinese, 2014); “The Basics of English Poetry Appreciation of Selected Readings”( Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, 2011). Her favorite activities are swimming, reading and traveling. 

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