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Cynthia Bair Van Dam Hurst Sr Prof Lecturer CAS - Literature

Cindy Bair Van Dam is a compositionist who joined the Department of Literature faculty in 1995. In addition to teaching in the Writing Studies Program, from 2015-2022 Cindy served as the Chair of the

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Sandra Beasley Visiting Writer in Residence CAS - Literature

Sandra Beasley is the author of four poetry collections (Made to Explode; Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues

Bruce Berger Adjunct Professorial Lect

MFA in Creative Writing, American University, May 2018. Certificate of Outstanding Academic Achievement 2018.

Arielle Bernstein Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Arielle Bernstein is a senior lecturer and co-director of the M.A. in Literature, Culture, and Technology. She teaches classes in Writing Studies, Complex Problems, and Creative Writing.She is a write

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Amanda Berry Asst Professor CAS - Literature

Amanda Berry’s articles and essays include “desire vomit emptiness: Cymbeline’s Marriage Time,” Shakesqueer (ed. Madhavi Menon 2010); “The Altar of the Dead,” The Critical Companion to Henry James , (

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Andrew Bertaina Adjunct Professorial Lect University Library

Andrew Bertaina is a full-time Lecturer at Howard University and an adjunct faculty member at American University. He graduated with his MFA in creative writing from American University. Andrew Bertai

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Fiona Brideoake Asst Professor CAS - Literature

Fiona Brideoake’s teaching and research focuses on British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. Her particular interests include Bluestocking feminism, queer historiography, Jane Aus

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Danielle Bryant Adjunct Instructor CAS - Literature

Rae Bryant is the author of the short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press). Her stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in print and online at The Paris Review

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Michael Cabot Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

A native of the State of New Mexico, Mike Cabot earned his MA from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Before coming to AU in 2011, Mike taught courses in college writing, literature, and techn

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Zainab Cheema Adjunct Professorial Lect

Research interests include Anglo-Spanish literary circulations, print culture and the history of the book, entangled alliances and transimperial relations, early modern translation, and anti-racist pe

Amanda Choutka Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Amanda Choutka holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Dickinson College. She is working on a collection of nonfiction essays about

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Edward Comstock Hurst Sr Prof Lecturer CAS - Literature

Edward Comstock holds a PhD from American University's School of Education, Teaching, and Health, as well as an MA in Literature. At the intersection of rhetoric, writing studies, educational psycholo

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Charles Cox Hurst Sr Prof Lecturer CAS - Literature

Chuck Cox joined AU’s faculty in 1998, as part of the Writing Studies Program, where he teaches the full range of first-year writing courses. His writing seminars typically use pop culture to explore

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Angela Dadak International Student Coordinator CAS - Literature

In her position with American University's Writing Studies Program, Angela Dadak primarily works with English-as-an-Additional-Language students, both international and domestic, adjusting to US acade

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Kyle Dargan Assoc Professor CAS - Literature

Kyle G. Dargan is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently ANAGNORISIS (Northwestern, 2018), HONEST ENGINE (UGA, 2015) and LOGORRHEA DEMENTIA (UGA,2010). His debut, THE LISTENING (UGA 2

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Benjamin Djain Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Benjamin Djain is a Professorial Lecturer in the Writing Program at AU. He is a comparative early modernist who focuses on English and Spanish theatre. His doctoral dissertation, "The soliloquy in Sha

Erik Dussere Professor CAS - Literature

Professor Dussere's teaching and research are primarily focused on the literature, film, and culture of 20th- and 21st-century America. He has published two critical studies, Balancing the Books (a st

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Laura Ewing Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Laura Ewing's research focuses on technical communication, intercultural communication, and rhetoric & technology. Before coming to AU, Laura spent five years in Japan, writing and consulting with int

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Lydia Fettig Hurst Sr Prof Lecturer CAS - Literature

Lydia Morris Fettig (she, her, hers) spent her early life in coastal Connecticut and upstate New York before migrating west to Oregon to complete her undergraduate work in social science at Reed Colle

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Paul Fileri Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Paul Fileri (he/him/his) is Professorial Lecturer in the Cinema Studies program in the Department of Literature at American University, in Washington, DC. He received his doctorate in Cinema Studies f

Dustin Friedman Assoc Professor CAS - Literature

Dustin Friedman's fields of research and teaching are Victorian and modernist literature, aestheticism and Decadence, queer theory, the history and theory of aesthetics, and global nineteenth-century

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Caimeen Garrett Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Caimeen Garrett has an MFA in Fiction from Syracuse University, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Her academic interests include crime writing, the Lindbergh kidnapping, epi

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Stephanie Grant Assoc Professor CAS - Literature

Stephanie Grant is an author of fiction and creative nonfiction. She has written two novels, The Passion of Alice (Houghton Mifflin 1995) and Map of Ireland (Scribner 2008) and sever

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Neisha-Anne Green Director, Academic Student Services Writing Center CAS - Literature

Academic Interests: Social Justice Pedagogy, Writing Center Theory and Practice, Writing Center Tutor EducationWhat began as volunteer work has blossomed into passion for Neisha-Anne. Outside of her g

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Lindsey Green-Simms Professor CAS - Literature

Lindsey Green-Simms’ teaching and research focuses on film and literature from the Global South, with a particular emphasis on African cultural production. Professor Green-Simms' most recent book, Que

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Andrew Gretes Adjunct Professorial Lect

Andrew Gretes is the author of How to Dispose of Dead Elephants (Sandstone Press, 2014), a novel which explores epilepsy through fables. His writing has appeared in The New England Review, Willow Spri

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Edward Helfers Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Edward Helfers joined the Literature Department in 2015. His courses help students use the tools of rhetoric to engage in debates over ownership—of property, of culture, and of ideas. Research interes

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Chelsea Horne Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Chelsea L. Horne's areas of research encompass writing, digital rhetoric, communication, information literacy, privacy, big data, and Internet governance. Recent work has appeared in Telecommunica

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Xiaofang Huang Adjunct Professorial Lect

Dr. Xiaofang Huang's research interests include American Southern literature, modern literature, comparative literature, writing studies and ESL pedagogy.

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Leah Johnson Assistant Prof Emerita

Leah Johnson holds an MA in Literature from American University and an MA in Music from The University of Connecticut. She has been teaching in the Department of Literature since 1996. In previous inc

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Charles Jones Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

C. Jermaine Jones is the author of From Poverty to Prosperity: A Ghetto Exit Strategy as a Rite of Passage, which won the 2013 Best Male Author/Best Nonfiction book of the Year Award. His orations, pu

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Patrick Joyner Hurst Sr Prof Lecturer CAS - Literature

Patrick Kelly Joyner began teaching at American University in 2000. His writing courses have thematic links to history, linguistics, psychology, and film. He has presented at the Conference on College

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Despina Kakoudaki Associate Professor and Director, Humanities Lab CAS - Literature

Professor Kakoudaki teaches interdisciplinary courses in literature and film, visual culture, and the history of technology and new media. Her interests include cultural studies, science fiction, apoc

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David Keplinger Professor CAS - Literature

David Keplinger is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently The World to Come (Conduit Books, 2021), winner of the Minds on Fire Open Book Prize, and Another City (Milkweed, 2018), whi

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George Koors Adjunct Instructor University Library

George received his Masters in English from Truman State University in 2014 and his MLIS from The Catholic University of America in 2017. In 2015, he published his first novel Always the Wanderer. He

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Keith Leonard Assoc Professor CAS - Literature

Keith D Leonard is the author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights. His publications, presentations, and courses have revolved around his study of

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Daisy Levy Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Dr. Levy's work focuses on embodied rhetorics, particularly how they intersect with cultural rhetorics and decolonial theory and practice. She joined AU in the fall of 2019, and has felt at home ever

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