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Meet the Department

Department Chair
Quentin Bailey
Office: AL-226C
Email: [email protected]

Administrative Coordinator II
(Budget, Payroll, Contracts, Course Schedule)

Mary Garcia
Office: AL-226B
Phone: (619) 594-5443
Email: [email protected]


Administrative Support Assistant II
Iris Quiroga
Office: AL-226
Phone: (619) 594-5307
Email: [email protected]

Administrative Support Assistant II
Olivia Perez
Office: AL-226A
Phone: (619) 594-5237
Email: [email protected]

 

Undergraduate Adviser
Tracy Cummings
Office: AL-236
Phone: (619) 594-1361
Email: [email protected]

Children's Literature Program Director
Lashon Daley
Office: AL-217
Email: [email protected]

MA Graduate Director
Diana Leong
Office: AL-267
Phone: (619) 594-6469
Email: [email protected]

MFA Graduate Director 
Sandra Alcosser
Office: AL-219
Email: [email protected]

 
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Sandra Alcosser
Professor; Co-Director, MFA Graduate Program
Office: AL-219
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Poetry, Prose, Form and Theory

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Quentin Bailey
Associate Professor; Department Chair
Office: AL-226C
Email: [email protected]

Area: British Literature

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Michael Borgstrom
Professor; Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts & Letters
Office: AL-600
Email: [email protected]

Areas: American Literature, LGBTQ Studies, Cultural Studies

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Joanna Brooks
Professor; Associate V.P. of Faculty Advancement
Office: MH- 3310
Email: [email protected]

Areas: American Literature, Religious Studies

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Laurie Champion
Professor
Office: AL-257
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Twentieth-Century Ethnic, American Literature, Feminist Studies, Short Story Theory; Creative Writing


Clare ColquittClare Colquitt
Associate Professor Emeritus - FERP
Office: AL-415
Phone: (619) 594-6219
Email: [email protected]

Area: American Literature

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Lashon Daley
Assistant Professor; Director of Children's Literature Program
Office: AL-217
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Black Girlhood Studies, Children's and Adolescent Literature, Performance and New Media, Folklore

headshot - De la PenaMatt de la Peña
Office: AL-213
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Publishing, Literature, Children's Literature

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Blas Falconer
Professor
Office: AL-270
Email: [email protected]

Area: Poetry

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Peter C. Herman
Professor
Office: AL-265
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Early Modern Literature, Shakespeare, Early Modern Drama, Milton, Literature of Terrorism

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Yetta Howard
Professor
Office: AL-259
Phone: (619) 594-1517
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Gender and Sexuality, Queer Studies, Visual and Auditory Cultures, Minority Discourse

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Diana Leong
Assistant Professor; Director, MA Graduate Program
Office: AL-267
Phone: (619) 594-6469
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Environmental Justice, Black Literature & Culture, Environmental Humanities

Efren M. LopezEfren M. Lopez
Assistant Professor, Imperial Valley Campus 
Office: West Faculty #155
Phone: (626) 476-6241
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Chicanx and Latinx Literature and Cultural Production, African-American Literature, American Literature

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Stephen-Paul Martin
Professor; Co-Director, MFA Graduate Program
Office: AL-253
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Creative Writing (Fiction), Contemporary American Literature

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William A. Nericcio
Professor; Director, MALAS
Office: AL-273
Phone: (619) 594-1524
Email: [email protected]

Areas: American/Latin American Literature, Cultural Studies

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Jessica Pressman
Professor
Office: AL-261
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Digital Literature, 20th/21st- Century Experimental Narrative, Media Theory

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Associate Professor
Office: AL-225
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Gothic and Horror Studies, Chicanx Literature, Film, and Performance, Children's and Young Adult Literature

placeholder grey circleJeanette Shumaker
Professor, Imperial Valley Campus 
Office: West Faculty #15
Phone: (760) 768-5524
Email: [email protected]


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Joseph T. Thomas, Jr.
Professor
Office: AL-255
Email: [email protected]

Areas: American Poetry, Children’s Literature

 

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Office: AL-276
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Crime & Detective fiction, Victorian England, Children's Literature, Gothic & Horror


Tracy CummingsTracy Cummings
Undergraduate Adviser
Office: AL-236
Phone: (619) 594-1361
Email: [email protected]

Areas: British and comparative literature, early modern poetry and theater, especially Donne, Shakespeare, Gascoigne; Narratology and war literature, and nonviolent political activity in the early modern period

 

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Office: AL-278
Email: [email protected]




headshot - FramptonEdith Frampton
Office: AL-288
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Dramatic Literature and Theatre Practices (including Shakespeare in performance),  Twentieth-Century Women’s Writing

 

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Office: AL-240         
Email: [email protected]

 

 

headshot - NajorkDaniel Najork
Office: AL-240
Email: [email protected]

Areas:  Medieval Icelandic and English Literature, Medieval Manuscript Culture, Translation in Medieval Icelandic and English Literature, The “English Age” of Iceland, Nineteenth-century medievalism and its consequences

 

Meagan Marshall Meagan Marshall 
Office: AL-280
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Poetry (Page and Performance), Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

 

headshot - MillerKellie Miller
Office: AL-274
Email:  [email protected]





Dekel SchoryDekel Shay Schory
Office: AL-215
Email: [email protected]

 

 

Kathleen ShumateKathleen Shumate
Office: AL-282
Email: [email protected]

Areas: American Literature 1860 to present, children's literature, folklore, Native American literature, poetry, literature and film, Monster Theory, Hero's Journey

 

Sequoia SerratoSequoia Serrato
Office: AL-220
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Children’s & Young Adult Literature, Queer Studies, Dystopian Literature & Media, Fantasy, Fan Studies

 

Shouhua QiShouhua Qi
Office: AL-211
Email: [email protected]

Areas: 19th Century English Literature; comparative literature and transcultural adaptation; the English novel; American short fiction; literary translation; and creative writing. 

 

Joseph King
Office: AL-230
Email: [email protected]

Robert Lang
Office: AL-244
Email: [email protected]

Demree McGhee
Office: AL-242
Email: [email protected]

Natalie Ponce
Office: AL-242
Email: [email protected]

Joseph Rougas
Office: AL-244
Email: [email protected]

Warren Stoddard
Office: AL-244
Email: [email protected]

Zea Van der Elsken
Office: AL-242
Email: [email protected]

Lauren Wedge
Office: AL-230
Email: [email protected]

 

Elsie B. Adams, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, English and Comparative Literature

Alida L. Allison, Ph.D. *
Professor Emerita, English and Comparative Literature

Jackson J. Benson, Ph.D. *
Professor Emeritus, English

Alfred F. Boe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Howard C. Brashear, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English

Ruth M. C. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emerita, English and Comparative Literature

Jerry D. Bumpus, M.F.A.
Professor Emeritus, English and Senate Distinguished Professor

Gerald J. Butler, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English

Marilyn M. Chin, M.F.A.
Professor Emerita, English and Comparative Literature

June Cummins-Lewis, Ph.D. *
Associate Professor Emerita, English and Comparative Literature

Glover T. Davis II, M.F.A.
Professor Emeritus, English

Laurie Edson, Ph.D. *
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Gerald H. Farber, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Ronald J. Gervais, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English

Sinda J. Gregory, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, English

Mary P. Galbraith, Ph.D.
Lecturer Emerita, English and Comparative Literature

Jerome J. Griswold, Ph.D. *
Professor Emeritus, English

D. Emily Hicks, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, Chicano/a Studies and English and Comparative Literature

James Hinkle, Ph.D. *
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Harold Jaffe, Ph.D. *
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Dorothea F. Kehler, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, English

Lynda L. Koolish, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, English and Comparative Literature

Lois R. Kuznets, Ph.D. *
Professor Emerita, English

Sherry Little, Ph.D. *
Professor Emerita, English and Comparative Literature

David Matlin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English

Lawrence F. McCaffery, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Dan D. McLeod, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

John P. Monteverde, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Fred Moramarco, Ph.D. *
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Thomas A. Nelson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English

Peter F. Neumeyer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Harry Polkinhorn, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Mary Worden Redding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emerita, English and Comparative Literature

Robert W. Redding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

William N. Rogers II, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

James Rother, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

George W. Sanderlin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature and Senate Distinguished Professor

Minas Savvas, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Carole A. Scott, Ph.D.
Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Professor Emerita, English

Ita G. Sheres, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Donald A. Shojai, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature

Kermit Vanderbilt, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature and Senate Distinguished  Professor

Carey G. Wall, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, English

 * In memoriam