Graduate Faculty

Sarah Allen, Ph.D.

composition theory (subjectivity and ethics), creative nonfiction, writing pedagogies

Cristina Bacchilega, Ph.D.

Fairy-tale studies, folklore and literature, gender and fairy tales, translation studies, narratology, feminist theory and literature, folkloristics and colonialism, Hawaiian mo‘olelo in translation

James Caron, Ph.D.

19th-century American Literature, Mark Twain, comic art and literature, popular culture, realism and modernism, literary theory

Nandini Chandra, Ph.D.

Marxism, Critical Theory, Popular Culture, Literary Modernism, Gender Studies, Comics and Graphic Novels, Childhood Studies

Reed Dasenbrock, Ph.D.*

modernism, literary theory, post-colonial literature, comparative literature

Daphne Desser, Ph.D.

rhetorical history, theory, and criticism, writing and difference, Jewish identity construction and negotiation, the Holocaust and life-writing, writing pedagogy

Anna Feuerstein, Ph.D.

  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Studies (human-animal relationships, liberalism, and empire)
  • Animal Studies
  • Victorian Empire and Postcolonial Theory

Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D.

contemporary women's literature, ethnic U.S. literatures, life writing, disability studies, feminist theory, cultural studies, Palestine

Candace Fujikane, Ph.D.

Hawai‘i literature and critical theory, Asian settler colonialism in Hawai‘i, anticolonial cartography in Hawai‘i, Asian American literature and critical theory, Asian American literary cartography.

John Gagnon, Ph.D.

cultural rhetorics, human rights rhetoric, embodiment/embodied rhetorics, visual rhetoric, composition studies/theory, relational pedagogy, research methodologies, ethics, ethnographic research/oral history methods, community engagement, decolonial theory, indigenous theories, feminist theory.

Mark Heberle, Ph.D.

Renaissance literature, Vietnam War literature

Derrick Higginbotham, Ph.D.

  • Late Medieval and Early Modern Theatre
  • Literary History, Genre, and Cultural Change
  • Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Queer theory/Gender Studies/Feminist Theory
  • Marxism, Materialism, and the New Economic Criticism
  • Queer African Literatures

Kuualoha Hoomanawanui, Ph.D.*

Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi (Native Hawaiian literary traditions) / Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) literary studies / Kanaka Maoli Intellectual History / Nā moʻolelo ʻokoʻa o Hawai‘i (Literatures of Hawaiʻi) / Nā Moʻolelo o Moana Nui (Oceanic (Pacific) literature) / Indigenous literary nationalism / Indigenous Digital Humanities / Children’s literature / Translation studies / Curriculum development, nā Kula Kaiāpuni Hawaiian language immersion, and culturally-based charter schools / Place-based literacy.

Craig Howes, Ph.D.

biography and life writing, 19th-century literature, literary theory, drama and performance, research methods, professional editing

Ruth Y. Hsu, Ph.D.

Reading (all genres), films, excellent meals with friends, US political discourse. Favorite authors right now include: Atwood, Muriel Barbery, Sesshu Foster, Gao Xingjian, Ed Bok Lee, Morrison, Orhan Pamuk, Karen Tei Yamashita.

Laura E. Lyons, Ph.D.

post-colonial literatures and theory, cultural studies, life writing,  corporations, Irish literature and culture

Glenn Man, Ph.D.

19th century British literature, narrative, film

Jonathan Morse, Ph.D.

American literature, literary history, modernism, prosody, photography

Georganne Nordstrom, Ph.D.

Critical Pedagogy and Composition (including Writing Center Theory) and the implications of location on praxis, Empirical Research, and Place-based rhetoric: Indigenous and minority rhetoric

P. Darin Payne, Ph.D.*

rhetorics of technology and space, new media rhetorics, globalization, composition studies, collaborative learning, cultural reproduction

Craig Santos Perez, Ph.D.

Pacific Islander and Native American Literature and Theory, Indigenous Studies, American and International Poetry and Poetics, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Decolonizing Methodologies, Ethnic and Cultural Studies, Food Writing, Environmental Literatures and Eco-Poetics

Peter Quigley, Ph.D.*

John Rieder, Ph.D.

Science fiction, the Gothic, Marxist theory, British Romanticism

Shawna Yang Ryan, M.A.

Fiction, Asian American literature, Taiwan history and politics, Fiction of the American West

Todd H. Sammons, Ph.D.

Renaissance and 17th-century literature, Milton, rhetoric, early modern drama, science fiction

Susan M. Schultz, Ph.D.

20th-century poetry in English, American literature, creative writing, mental health issues on campus.

S. Shankar, Ph.D.

Postcolonial theory and literature, creative writing, literary theory and cultural studies, translation and translation studies, cultural journalism

Jack Taylor, Ph.D.

Cynthia Ward, Ph.D.

Critical theory, postcolonial literature, popular culture, oral and performance theory, the novel, orality and performance, west African/African diasporic oral and popular traditions,comparative visual culture

John David Zuern, Ph.D.

*Currently holding university administrative position.