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Faculty and Instructors

Recruited from leading universities, department faculty engage in innovative research in diverse fields, publish regularly with leading presses and journals, and assume leadership in an array of prestigious national and international organizations. Faculty have been honored with Fulbright Fellowships, NEH Fellowships, Rockefeller Foundation grants, and many other awards, including the Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award.

Diane Abdo

Lecturer III

Professional Writing

Maia Adamina

Lecturer I

Internship Coordinator

Bernadette Andrea

Professor; Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record

Renaissance studies, women’s studies, literary and cultural theory; early modern imperialisms; cross-cultural exchanges between the West and the Islamic world

Paul Ardoin

Assistant Professor

post-1900 literature, modernism, literary and cultural theory

Wendy Barker

Poet in Residence; Pearl LeWinn Endowed Professor

Poetry and creative writing, nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, women’s studies

Mark Bayer

Associate Professor; Department Chair

Early modern literature, drama, Shakespeare

Kinitra Brooks

Assistant Professor

Black feminist theory, black women in horror, science fiction and fantasy

Crystal Colombini

Assistant Professor; Honors Coordinator

Rhetorical theory and literacies; rhetorics of economics and risk; writing assessment; linguistics

T. Jackie Cuevas

Assistant Professor

Latina/o literature, Chicana/o literature, queer theory, feminist theory, women's and gender studies

Karen Dodwell

Senior Lecturer

British nineteenth-century literature, Romanticism, the Victorian novel, American literature after 1865

Bridget Drinka

Professor; M.A. Graduate Advisor of Record

History of English, linguistics, language of the borderlands, linguistics and literature

Kimberly Fonzo

Assistant Professor

Medieval literature, early theatre and performance, women’s and gender studies, medieval authorship, prophecy and apocalypse

Susannah Hollister

Lecturer II

twentieth-century American literature, modernism, poetry and poetics, literature and geography, textual studies

Hannah Doherty Hudson

Assistant Professor

British Literature II: The Eighteenth Century to the Present Sex, Satire, and Sentiment: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature

Sue Hum

Associate Professor

Composition and rhetorical theory and pedagogy, literacy and digital technology, race and gender, visual rhetoric

Catherine Kasper

Associate Professor; Director, Creative Writing Program

Creative writing, fiction, poetry and poetics, twentieth-century literature and arts

Steven G. Kellman


Comparative literature, modern and contemporary literature, European and American fiction, film, biography, literary theory

Sonja L. Lanehart

Brackenridge Endowed Chair of Literature and Humanities

Sociolinguistics; language, identity, and education in the African American community

Rob McLoone

Lecturer I

colonial and early American literature, literature and environment, history of the book

Fiona McWilliam

Lecturer I

pre-1900 American literature, American Women Writers, African American literature

Joycelyn K. Moody

Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature; Director, African American Literatures and Cultures Institute

African American literatures and cultures, the literatures of US slavery

Magdalena Nerio

Lecturer II

American literature, Women and literature

Ben V. Olguín

Associate Professor; Assistant Director for National Scholarships and Fellowships, Honors College

U.S. Latina/o literatures and popular culture, multi-ethnic literatures of the U.S., Latin American literature, literary and cultural theory, prisoner and proletarian literatures, human rights theory and practice

Lynn Oliver

Lecturer I

Gail Carle Pizzola

Director, The Writing Program

Eva Pohler

Lecturer II

Annette Portillo

Assistant Professor

Native American literature and culture, Native American feminism, women writers of color

Jeanne Campbell Reesman

Jack & Laura Richmond Endowed Faculty Fellow

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, the novel, naturalism, feminism, cultural studies

Sonia Saldívar-Hull

Professor; Director, Women’s Studies Institute

Chicana/o literature, Latina/o literature, feminist theory and literature, the American novel, border theory, women’s studies

John G. Stone

Lecturer II

American Literature and Film

Paula Tran

Lecturer III

Technical Writing and Editing

David Ray Vance

Associate Professor; Undergraduate Advisor of Record

Creative writing, modern American poetry and poetics

Deanna White

Lecturer III

Technical Writing, Editing

Robert Wilhite

Lecturer II

Professional writing, technical writing, composition

Amanda Williams

Lecturer II

Linda T. Woodson


Rhetorical theory, writing studies, literature of Texas and the Southwest