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.

Faculty members who are eligible to teach graduate courses and serve on dissertation committees are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Maia Adamina

Assistant Professor of Practice

Internship Coordinator

Wendy Barker *

Poet in Residence; Pearl LeWinn Endowed Professor

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

Mark Bayer *

Interim Chair; Associate Professor; Celia Jacobs Endowed Professor in British Literature

Early modern literature, drama, Shakespeare

Bridget Drinka *


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

Kimberly Garza *

Assistant Professor

Creative writing, fiction and nonfiction, Chicanx literature, contemporary ethnic and American literature

Sue Hum *

Associate Professor; Undergraduate Advisor of Record

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

Steven G. Kellman *


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

Joycelyn K. Moody *

Professor; 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

Sr. Lecturer

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century literature, Women and literature

Annette Portillo *

Associate Professor

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

Jeanne Campbell Reesman *

Professor; Jack & Laura Richmond Endowed Faculty Fellow

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

Sonia Saldívar-Hull *

Professor; Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities

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

Stephanie Schoellman

Sr. Lecturer

American literature; creative writing

Kerry Sinanan *

Assistant Professor; Director of Black Indigenous Latinx Concentration

Black Atlantic Studies; Race, Slavery, and Gender in the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; Jane Austen

David Ray Vance *

Director of Creative Writing

Creative writing, modern American poetry and poetics

Kenneth Walker *

Associate Professor, Lutcher Brown Fellow; MA Graduate Advisor of Record; PhD Graduate Advisor of Record

Ecological Rhetorics, Rhetorical Theory and Practice, Rhetoric of Science, Technical and Scientific Communication, Science and Technology Studies, Critical & Cultural Theory.

Teaching Assistants (see Graduate Students page)

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