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English: Faculty and Staff

Professors

Gordon Bigelow. 1998. The T. K. Young Chair of Literature. A.B., Brown University; M.A., University of New Hampshire; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz. (Nineteenth-century Britain and Ireland, Cultural Studies.) 
Marshall Boswell. 1996. B.A., Washington and Lee University; M.A., Washington University; Ph.D., Emory University. (American Literature.)
Scott Newstok. 2007. B.A., Grinnell College; Ph.D., Harvard University. (Shakespeare, Poetics.)
Brian W. Shaffer. 1990. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Faculty Development. B.A., Washington University; Ph.D., University of Iowa. (Twentieth-century British and Irish literature, modern novel.)

Associate Professors

Rebecca Finlayson. 2001. Director of College Writing, Director of the Rhodes Summer Writing Institute. B.A., Smith College; M.A. and Ph.D., Emory University. (Early Modern British Literature.)
Lori Garner. 2009. B.A., Hendrix College; M.A. University of Arkansas; Ph.D., University of Missouri. (Medieval Studies, Oral Tradition.)
Judith Haas. 2002. B.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz. (Medieval Studies, Women’s Studies.)
Leslie Petty. 2003. The Charles R. Glover Chair of English Studies. B.A., Emory University; M.A., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., University of Georgia. (American Literature.)
Rashna Wadia Richards. 2008. B.A., Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai, India; M.A., University of Mumbai, India; M.A., West Virginia University; Ph.D., University of Florida. (Film Studies.)
Seth Rudy. 2010. B.F.A., New York University (Film and Television); M.A., New York University; Ph.D., New York University. (Eighteenth Century English Literature, British Romanticism.)

Assistant Professors

Amy Benson. 2016. B.S., Bowling Green State University; M.F.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (Creative Non-Fiction.)
Chanelle Benz. 2017. B.F.A., Boston University; M.F.A., Syracuse University. (Creative Writing, Fiction.)
Stephanie Elsky. 2017. B.A., Columbia University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. (Early Modern Literature.)
Ernest Gibson, III. 2012. B.A., Fisk University; M.A., Purdue University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. (Afro-American Studies.)
Jason Richards. 2008. B.A., and M.A., California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D., University of Florida. (American Literature, Postcolonial Literature.)
Caki Wilkinson. 2012. B.A., Rhodes College; M.F.A. (Poetry) Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. (English and Comparative Literature.)

Staff

Lorie W. Yearwood. 2006. Departmental Assistant. A.A.S., State Technical Institute at Memphis.