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Meet the Department

Interim Department Chair
Quentin Bailey
Office: AL-226C
Phone: (619) 594-5271
Email: [email protected]

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

Katie Waltman
Office: AL-226B
Phone: (619) 594-1516
Email: [email protected]

Administrative Support Assistant II
(MA & MFA Graduate Programs and Admissions; TA, ISA and Fellows Applications; Scholarships; Special Study Documents)
Mary Garcia
Office: AL-226A
Phone: (619) 594-5443
Email: [email protected]


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

 

Undergraduate Director
Clare Colquitt
Office: AL-415
Email: [email protected]

To schedule an Undergraduate advising appointment, please refer to sdsu.campus.eab.com.

MA Graduate Director
Jessica Pressman
Phone: (619) 594-6256
Office: AL-261
Email: [email protected]

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

To make a MA advising appointment, please contact Mary Garcia at [email protected].

MFA Graduate Co-Director (Fall)
Sandra Alcosser
Phone: (619) 594-5234  
Office: AL-219
Email: [email protected]

MFA Graduate Co-Director (Spring)
Stephen-Paul Martin
Phone: (619) 594-8434  
Office: AL-253
Email: [email protected]

To make a MFA advising appointment, please contact Mary Garcia at [email protected].

 
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Sandra Alcosser
Professor; Director, MFA Graduate Program (Fall)
Office: AL-219
Phone: (619) 594-5234  
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Poetry, Prose, Form and Theory

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Quentin Bailey
Associate Professor; Department Interim Chair
Office: AL-226C
Phone: (619) 594-5271
Email: [email protected]

Area: British Literature

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Michael Borgstrom
Professor; Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Office: AL-271
Phone: (619) 594-6284
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
Phone: (619) 594-2309
Email: [email protected]

Areas: American Literature, Religious Studies

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Laurie Champion
Professor
Office: AL-257
Phone: (619) 594-6385
Email: [email protected]

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


Clare Colquitt
Associate Professor; Undergraduate Director
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

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Blas Falconer
Professor
Office: AL-270
Phone: (619) 594-6102
Email: [email protected]

Area: Poetry

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Peter C. Herman
Professor
Office: AL-265
Phone: (619) 594-7776
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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Harold Jaffe
Professor Emeritus - FERP
Office: AL-269
Phone: (619) 594-5469
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Comparative Literature, American Literature, Narrative Theory, Creative Writing

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Diana Leong
Assistant Professor
Office: AL-267
Phone: (619) 594-6469
Email: [email protected]

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

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Stephen-Paul Martin
Professor; Director, MFA Graduate Program (Spring)
Office: AL-253
Phone: (619) 594-8434
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; Director, MA Graduate Program; Co-Director, Digital Humanities
Office: AL-261
Phone: (619) 594-6256
Email: [email protected]

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

headshot - SerratoPhillip Serrato
Associate Professor
Office: AL-225
Phone: (619) 594-5170
Email: [email protected]

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

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Joseph T. Thomas, Jr.
Professor
Office: AL-255
Phone: (619) 594-8430
Email: [email protected]

Areas: American Poetry, Children’s Literature

 

headshot - AsimTishna Asim
Office: AL-276
Email: [email protected]


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



Tracy Cummings
Office: AL-236
Email: [email protected]

headshot - De la PenaMatt de la Peña
Office: AL-213
Phone: (619) 594-5347
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Publishing, Literature, Children's Literature

headshot - GoriaCorinne Goria
Office: AL-211
Phone: (619) 594-5873
Email: [email protected]

Areas: Fiction, Oral History, Experimental / Digital Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Catherine Guthrie
Office: AL-278
Email: [email protected]


headshot - FramptonEdith Frampton
Office: AL-288
Phone: (619) 594-6232
Email: [email protected]

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

headshot - NajorkDaniel Najork
Office: AL-220
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 
Office: AL-280
Phone: (619) 594-3775
Email: [email protected]

headshot - MillerKellie Miller
Office: AL-230
Phone: (619) 594-1525
Email:  [email protected]


Kathleen Shumate
Office: AL-282
Phone: (619) 594-5184
Email: [email protected]

Sequoia Serrato
Office: AL-384
Email: [email protected]

Paula Stacey
Office: AL-230
Phone: (619) 594-1525
Email: [email protected]


Ran Tal
Office: AL-215
Phone: (619) 594-5372

April Wilder
Office: AL-240
Phone: (619) 594-5441
Email: [email protected]

 

Jeanette Roberts Shumaker
Professor, Imperial Valley Campus
Office: IVC-WF-157  
Email: [email protected]

 

 

Zach Bernstein
Office: AL-244
Email: [email protected]

Abigail Hora
Office: AL-244
Email: [email protected]

Michael Johnston
Office: AL-244
Email: [email protected]

Angela Mendoza
Office: AL-242
Email: [email protected]

Jessica Ramos
Office: AL-242
Email: [email protected]

M.A. Students

headshot - BirchMonika Sokolowska Birch
Email: [email protected]

Year in Program: 2nd      
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Literature and Writing, California State University, San Marcos

Areas of Interest: Intersections of Polish and Irish trauma in literature

headshot - HarderOriana (Ori) Harder
Email: [email protected]

Year in Program: 1st       
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in English, California State University, Fullerton

Areas of Interest: British Literature with a growing interest in Comparative Literature

headshot - TufekciSara Tufekci
Email: [email protected]

Year in Program: 2nd
B.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus in Sociology, California State University, San Marcos

Areas of Interest: American literature is my specialization with a wide range of interests; African American female literature, motherhood, family, War literature, memoirs, postcolonial theory, Muslim female identity and novels, Bosnia and pop culture/cinema

 

M.F.A. Students

headshot - BrennerAngie Brenner
Email: [email protected]

Year in Program: Fiction, 3rd
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Psychology, University of Minnesota

Areas of Interest: Long-form fiction, novels, humor writing, dark humor, satirical fiction, absurdism

headshot - BrownMarina Brown
Email: [email protected]

Year in Program: Poetry, 3rd
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in International Relations and Russian, University of California, Davis

Areas of Interest: Ecopoetry, Translation, Global, Nature

headshot - HuntingtonBarbara Huntington
Email: [email protected]

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Zoology, San Diego State University

Area of Interest: Poetry

headshot - LusettiEllen Lusetti        
Email: [email protected]

Year in Program: Fiction, 3rd 
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Music, University of New Mexico

Areas of Interest: Women’s literature

headshot - MaguireJake Maguire
Email: [email protected]

Year in Program: Poetry, 3rd
Degrees: B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in English, San Diego State University

Areas of Interest: Poetry, Events, Vlog, Experimental Lit, Mixed Media, E-Lit

headshot - PhillipsAlyssa Phillips
Email: [email protected]

Year in Program: Fiction, 2nd        
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing, University of California, San Diego

Areas of Interest: Experimenting with fiction

headshot - TaingMelanie Taing
Email: [email protected]

Year in Program: Fiction, 3rd
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in English, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Interest: Writing revolving around intergenerational trauma, stories of the Cambodian diaspora/Asian American community, dystopic fiction

 

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 Galbraith
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

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