Rebecca Basham
In Memorium, Associate Professor of English
Fine Arts 332

Rebecca Basham passed away July 22, 2015, at home. A playwright and Associate professor of the Department of English, she was 48. A reviewer described one of her plays as “brash, bracing, wildly funny, and covertly serious.” The same could be said of Rebecca herself. She will be sorely missed.

Seiwoong  Oh
Professor of English; Chair of the Department of English
Fine Arts 324

Degrees: B.A. Chung Ang University, Seoul; M.A. West Texas State University; Ph.D. University of North Texas

Dr. Oh specializes in British Renaissance literature including Shakespeare and Milton. He has also been interested in Asian American literature and has written extensively on cross-cultural reading in multicultural literature.

Please write to me at Questions, job offers, comments, and hellos are welcome. I'd especially love to hear from current and former students about how they are doing.

Mary Amato
Director of International Auxiliary Programs
Centennial Hall 101B
Roberta Clipper (formerly Robbie Clipper Sethi)
Professor of English
Fine Arts 326

Dr. Clipper's concentrations include the writing of fiction and poetry, and literature, particularly Russian, English, and American. She has published two novels, The Bride Wore Red and Fifty-Fifty, and her short stories and poetry have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Mademoiselle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a number of literary magazines and anthologies. She has been awarded fellowships for her writing from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Deborah Cordonnier
Adjunct Instructor
Fine Arts 333
Michele D'Angelo
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Fine Arts 316
Matthew Goldie
Professor of English
Fine Arts 336

Ph.D. English. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Certificate in Medieval Studies. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry). Brooklyn College, CUNY
B.A. English and Philosophy. Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Selma Goldstein
Adjunct Instructor
Fine Arts 316
Laurel Harris
Assistant Professor I of English
FA 333

Ph.D., English, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
BA, English, Oberlin College

Mickey  Hess
Professor of English
Fine Arts 325

Degrees: B.A. University of Louisville; M.A.T. University of Louisville; Ph.D. University of Louisville

Mickey Hess is the co-author, with Buddha Monk, of The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' DIrty Bastard (HarperCollins 2014). His other books include The Nostalgia Echo, Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory, and Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music.

Terra Walston Joseph
Assistant Professor II of English
FA 328

Ph.D., English with minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois
M.A., English, University of Illinois
B.A., English, Indiana University

Frederick Lasser
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Fine Arts 338
Maxim Losi
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Fine Arts 312
Cynthia  Lucia
Professor of English; Director, Film and Media Studies Program
Fine Arts 329

Degrees: B.S. Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D. New York University

Nowell Marshall
Associate Professor of English
Fine Arts 334

Ph.D., English, University of California, Riverside
M.A., English, Arizona State University
B.A., English, emphasis on creative writing, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Katherine  Maynard
Professor of English
Fine Arts 322

Dr. Maynard was hired to teach the Literary History I and II survey courses required for all English majors and minors. She also has taught Great Ideas I (BHP), Great Ideas II (BHP), American Identity in the Arts (AMS), and Advanced Poetry.

Mary Morse
Professor of English; Director, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
Fine Arts 335

Ph.D., English, Marquette University; M.A., English, University of Minnesota-Duluth, B.A., St. Olaf College

Vanita  Neelakanta
Associate Professor of English
Fine Arts 331

Ph.D. in English, Brandeis University
M.A. and B.A. in English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India

Pearlie-Mae Peters
Professor of English
Fine Arts 337

Degrees: B.A. Grambling State University, Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. Peters' scholarship includes African American literature and folklore, nineteenth century American literature and multi-ethnic American literature.

William Quirk
Adjunct Instructor
Fine Arts 314
Jane Rosenbaum
Adjunct Professor
Fine Arts 338
Kelly Ross
Assistant Professor I of English
Fine Arts 320

Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., College of William and Mary

Anne Salvatore
Professor of English
Fine Arts 318

Degrees: B.A., Chestnut Hill College; M.A. College of New Jersey; Ph.D., Temple University

Raymond Setters
Adjunct Instructor of English and American Studies
Fine Arts 313

Degrees: B.A. Rider University; MFA, Rosemont College

Susan Strom
Adjunct Instructor
Fine Arts 312
Jack Sullivan
Professor of English; Director, American Studies Program
Fine Arts 327

Degrees: B.A. Furman University; M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D., Columbia University

Megan L. Titus
Assistant Professor II of English
Fine Arts 330


  • Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition, Ohio University, June 2010; Graduate Certificate: Women’s and Gender Studies; Dissertation: “Surfacing Teacher and Student Voices: the Implications of Teaching Practices for Student Attitudes Toward Revision.” Dissertation Director: Jennie Nelson.
  • M.A. in English, Montclair State University, January 2004; Major Emphasis: Writing Studies; Master’s Thesis: “Reawakening the Student: Exploring Teaching Kinesthetic; Writing in the College Writing Classroom.” Thesis Director: Robert Whitney
Arlene Wilner
Professor, Department of English; Director, RiderBRIDGE
Fine Arts 315

Arlene Wilner earned her B.A. in English at Cornell University, and her Ph.D. in English at Columbia University. Her teaching specialties include eighteenth-century English literature, children's literature, and the "Great Ideas" freshman honors seminars. Twice a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has contributed essays to a variety of annuals and journals, such as The Journal of Narrative Technique; Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture; Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and Children’s Literature.

Alison Neu
Administrative Associate
Fine Arts 319