Literature Graduate Faculty

Graduate students often work with faculty from across the department, taking advantage of our rich interdisciplinary expertise in areas such as


Helane Adams AndroneHelane Adams Androne (PhD, University of Washington, 2002)
Professor of English (Middletown and Oxford Campuses), 
Chair, Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies
Affiliate for Black World Studies and Latin American Studies
Areas: Ritual PedagogyAfrican American and Chicana Fiction

Moira CaseyMoira Casey (PhD, University of Connecticut, 2003)
Professor of English and Regional Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Middletown Campus)
Areas: Contemporary Irish Fiction, Irish Transnational Literature, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Mary Jean CorbettMary Jean Corbett (PhD, Stanford University, 1989)
University Distinguished Professor of English, Assistant Chair for Administration and Affiliate of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Global and Intercultural Studies
Areas: Nineteenth-Century English and Irish Writing, Feminist and Postcolonial Theory, Women’s Writing

Madelyn Detloff
Madelyn Detloff (PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997)
Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Acting Department Chair
Areas: Queer, feminist, and gender studies.  Modernism, Trauma, Virginia Woolf, H.D., Gertrude Stein 

Gwendolyn Etter-LewisGwendolyn Etter-Lewis
 (PhD, University of Michigan)
Professor of English, Black World Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Areas: African-American Women in the 1920s, Contemporary African Women’s Studies, Leadership and Education in African Cultures, Oral Narratives

Katharine GillespieKatharine Gillespie (PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1996)
Professor of English
Areas: Seventeenth-Century British and American Literature, Milton, Early Modern Women Writers, Feminist, New Historicist, and Public Sphere Theory

Carolyn HaynesCarolyn Haynes (PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1993)
Professor of English, Interim Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education, and Affiliate of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Areas: Interdisciplinary Teaching, Learning and Writing; Student Development and Assessment

Katie JohnsonKatie Johnson
 (PhD, University of Washington 1996)
Professor of English and Director of the Literature Program
Areas: American Drama and Culture, Film and Visual Culture, Feminist Film Theory, Gender Studies, Eugene O’Neill, Performance Theory and Performance Studies

Tim MelleyTim Melley (PhD, Cornell, 1995)
Professor of English, Affiliate of American Studies and Director of The Miami University Humanities Center
Areas: U.S. Literary and Cultural History Since 1950, Cold War Studies, Postmodernism, Fiction Writing

Patrick MurphyPatrick Murphy (PhD, University of Wisconsin, 2007)
Professor of English and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Areas: Old and Middle English literature, Medievalism, History of the English Language, Comics and Graphic Novels

Diana RoyerDiana Royer (PhD, Temple University, 1989)
Professor and Coordinator of English (Hamilton Campus)
Areas: Virginia Woolf, Global Feminism, Thanatology, Film Noir

Keith TumaKeith Tuma (PhD, University of Chicago, 1987)
Professor of English and Miami University Press Editor
Areas: Modern and Contemporary British, Irish, American, and Anglophone Literature, Creative and Performance Writing, Poetry and Poetics, Anecdotes and Ephemera, Travel Writing

Whitney Womack SmithWhitney Womack Smith (PhD, Purdue University, 1999)
Professor of English and Faculty Director (Hamilton Campus)
Affiliate in Women’s Studies and Black World Studies
Areas: 19th-Century Women’s Writing, Anti-Slavery Literature, Transatlanticism, Feminist Theory


James BromleyJames Bromley (PhD, Loyola University Chicago, 2007)
Associate Professor and Associate Director, Literary London Program
Areas: Shakespeare, Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Drama, Poetry, and Prose, History of Sexuality and Queer Theory

cris cheekcris cheek
 (PhD, University of Lancaster, 2004)
Associate Professor English  
Areas: Performance Writing, Digital Posthumanities, 20th & 21st Century Poetics, Electronic Literature, Interdisciplinarity Text

Yu-Fang ChoYu-Fang Cho (PhD, University of California at San Diego, 2004)
Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
Asian/Asian American Studies Affiliate
Areas: Transnational American Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Transnational Feminist Studies, Nineteenth-Century U.S. Print Culture

Marianne CotugnoMarianne Cotugno (PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2002)
Associate Professor and Faculty Director (Middletown Campus)
Areas: Twentieth Century American Literature (Conrad Richter, Vladimir Nabokov), Technical Communication 

Stephanie Dunning
Stefanie Dunning (PhD, University of California, Riverside, 2001)
Associate Professor, Affliate in Black World Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
Areas: African American Literature, Film and Visual Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies/Queer Theory, Postcolonial Literature and Theory 

Erin EdwardsErin Edwards (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2009)
Associate Professor of English
Areas: Twentieth Century American Literature, Modernism, Posthumanism, Theories of the Body, Film Studies

Andrew HebardAndrew Hebard (PhD, University of Chicago, 2003)
Associate Professor 
Areas: Late 19th and early 20th Century Literature, Law and Literature, Sovereignty, Genre, Literature and the Environment

Nalin JayasenaNalin Jayasena (PhD, University of California at Riverside, 2003)
Associate Professor of English
Areas: British Literature, South Asian Literature and its Diaspora

Cheryl JohnsonCheryl Johnson
 (PhD, University of Michigan, 1988)
Associate Professor Literature and Affiliate in Black World Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Areas:African American Literature, Theory, and Criticism with Emphasis on Black Women Writers and Criticism; Black Feminist Theory; South African Women Writers and Literature; 20th century American Literature and Criticism; Sociolinguistics

Kelli JohnsonKelli Lyon Johnson (PhD, Northern Illinois University, 2003)
Associate Professor English (Hamilton Campus)
Areas: Contemporary Slave Narratives, Human Rights Novels and Narratives, Testimony, Women's Literature

Katherine Kickel
Katherine Kickel
 (PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 2004)
Associate Professor English (Hamilton Campus) 
Areas: Eighteenth-Century English Fiction and Culture, History of the Novel, History of Science and Medicine, Early Modern and Romantic Women Writers, Shakespeare

Cynthia KlestinecCynthia Klestinec (PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, 2001)
Associate Professor of English, Director of Graduate Program
Areas: Renaissance Literature, Scientific Revolution, Anatomical Culture, Science and Literature, Representations of Health

John KrafftJohn M. Krafft
 (PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1978)
Associate Professor of English (Hamilton Campus) 
Areas: American fiction after 1945, Historical Novels, Gothic Fiction, Thomas Pynchon

Theresa KulbagaTheresa Kulbaga (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2006)
Associate Professor of English and Affiliate in American Studies & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Hamilton Campus) 
Areas: Autobiography and Life Writing, Multi-Ethnic American Literatures and Cultures, Transnational Feminist Theory, Human Rights Representations, and Documentary Film

Anita MannurAnita Mannur (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2002) 
Associate Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies and Director, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Areas: Asian American Literature and Culture, South Asian Diasporic Literature and Culture, Transnational and Diaspora Studies, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Food Studies, Visual and Cultural Studies

Tory PearmanTory Vandevetter Pearman
 (PhD, Loyola University, 2009)
Associate Professor of English (Hamilton Campus)
Areas: Medieval Literature and Culture, Disability Studies, Feminist Theory

Kaara PetersonKaara Peterson (PhD, Boston University, 2001)
Associate Professor of English and Director, Literary London Program
Areas: Early Modern English Literature and Culture, especially Shakespeare and Drama; Renaissance Medical History, particularly women’s; History of Art; Editorial Practices

Anita WilsonAnita Wilson (PhD, SUNY-Stony Brook, 1981)
Associate Professor of English
Areas: Images of Childhood in Victorian Literature, The Life and Work of Victorian Novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, Social history and Children’s Literature of Victorian England


Collin JenningsCollin Jennings (PhD, New York University, 2015)
Assistant Professor of English
Areas: Eighteenth-century British literature, digital humanities and text analysis.

Michele NavakasMichele Navakas (PhD, University of California-Irvine, 2009)
Assistant Professor of English
Areas: American Literature and Culture to 1900, American Intellectual History, Circum-Caribbean and Colonial Narratives, Discourses of Geography, Geology, Property Law, and Agriculture