Title: Department Chair and Professor of English
Office: Sitterly House 201
Education: B.A., University of Michigan, 1974; M.A., University of Michigan, 1976; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1984
Biography: James Hala, a Professor of English, came to Drew in 1986. He specializes in the areas of Old & Middle English Literature; Celtic and Continental European Medieval Literatures; Linguistics; Critical theory; Gender studies; Film. His most recent publications include a study of Grendel’s mother from Beowulf and a biographical essay on Bernard of Clairvaux. Hala is also the founder of That Medieval Thing (Med Fest).
Title: Assistant Professor of English
Office: Sitterly House 303
Education: Ph.D., University of Washington in Seattle
Biography: Edmond Y. Chang is a newly arrived Assistant Professor of English at Drew University. His areas of interest include technoculture, gender and sexuality, cultural studies, video games, popular culture, and contemporary American literature. His dissertation is entitled “Technoqueer: Re/con/figuring Posthuman Narratives.” He has extensive teaching experience at the university level and won the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award in 2011 and the UW Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He has taught classes on re-reading high school novels, science fiction, Harry Potter, technology and identity, even live-action role-playing games. He has published an article “Gaming as Writing, Or, World of Warcraft as World of Wordcraft” in the Fall 2008 Computers & Composition Online Special Issue on “Reading Games” and an article on queering cyberpunk and an article on Alan Turing are in progress. He has a cat named Groosalugg.
Title: Assistant Professor of English/Environmental Studies
Office: Sitterly House 305
Education: B.A., Texas A&M University, 2002; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
Biography: Summer Harrison is a new Assistant Professor of English at Drew. Her teaching and research interests include environmental and social justice, ecocriticism, narrative, gender studies, cultural studies, empathy, service learning, and contemporary ethnic American literatures. She has taught courses in gender and popular culture, environmental justice, ethnic American literature, the politics of food, violence, and American Indian literature. Her dissertation, “Environmental Justice Metafiction,” looks at the intersection of self-conscious narrative forms and environmental inequalities in contemporary fiction by women of color. Recent publications include an article on Louise Erdrich’s fiction published in Studies in American Indian Literatures and an interview with writer Linda Hogan which appears in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. In her spare time, she likes to play the washboard suit.
Title: Assistant Professor of English
Office: Sitterly House 204
Education: B.A., University of Mumbai, 1996; M.A., University of Florida, 1999; M.F.A., Temple University, 2003; Ph.D., Rutgers Universtiy, 2011
Biography: Shakti Jaising, Assistant Professor of English, came to Drew in 2011. Her research and teaching interests include twentieth-century and contemporary Anglophone literature, world cinema, documentary film, and theoretical approaches emerging out of Marxism and postcolonial and race studies. Her publication, “Who is Christophine? The Good Black Servant and the Contradictions of (Racial) Liberalism,” appeared in Modern Fiction Studies 56.4 (Winter 2010), as part of a special issue titled “Postcolonial Literature: Twenty-Five Years Later.” Here she examines the trope of the good black servant within the 1831 anti-slavery treatise, The History of Mary Prince, and Jean Rhys’s 1966 novel, Wide Sargasso Sea. Her next publication explores the challenges of representing institutionalized racism within literary and cinematic narratives emerging out of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This essay is forthcoming in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.
Title: Professor of English, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Director of the New York Semester on Communications and Media
Office: Sitterly House 306
Education: B.A., University at East Anglia, 1981; M.A., 1986; Ph.D., Binghamton University, 1991.
Biography: Sandra Jamieson, a Professor of English, came to Drew in 1993. She specializes in Writing Studies, specifically writing across the curriculum, contemporary rhetorical theory, social media communications, information literacy, composition theory and pedagogy, and creative non-fiction. Popular classes include Writing for Social Media, Introduction to Writing and Communication Studies, and Travel Writing. She serves as a consultant and reviewer for writing programs and facilitates faculty development workshops around the country; she has also served on various committees of the National Council of Teachers of English, including as Chair of the Committee on the Major in Rhetoric and Writing. A Principle Investigator with the Citation Project (citationproject.net), she is working on a book discussing the research findings,Struggling with Sources (with Rebecca Moore Howard for Parlor Press) and an edited collection on information literacy, Not Just for Librarians (with Janice Walker, Barry Maid, & Barbara D’Angelo — WAC Clearinghouse Perspectives on Writing Series). Her publications includeComing of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum (co-edited with Linda Shamoon, Robert Schwegler, and Rebecca Moore Howard–2000), Winner of the WPA Best Book Award for 2000-2001; The Bedford Guide to Teaching Writing in the Disciplines: An Instructor’s Desk Reference (with Rebecca Moore Howard –1995), and journal articles and book chapters in authorship and writing studies published in ATD and Praxis, and by Oxford University Press, MLA, NCTE, Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, and Greenwood Press.
Title: Assistant Professor of English, Director of College Writing
Office: Sitterly House 307
Education: M.A. in English, Rutgers-Camden, 1996; B.A. in English, Earlham College, 2003; Ph.D., Temple University, 2010
Biography: Elizabeth Kimball came to Drew in 2010 upon completing her Ph.D. at Temple University, where she focused on rhetoric, composition, and eighteenth-century literature and culture. At Drew, she directs the College Writing program, and teaches courses in writing, linguistics, and literacy. She is also involved in community-based learning projects with Neighborhood House of Morristown and local Latino/a communities, as well as other community partners. She is currently writing about multilingual experience in community-university partnerships, and working on a book about language diversity in early national Philadelphia. She is interested in how ordinary people use language creatively and persuasively; how we act on our notions of language difference; and how language and deliberation can be more democratic and egalitarian, as well as how we can be better teachers and learners. She is published in Rhetoric Review and Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning, and has articles forthcoming in Community Literacy Journal and Composition Studies.
Title: Professor of English, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
Office: Sitterly House 107
Education: A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1972; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1992
Biography: Wendy Kolmar is Professor of English and of Women’s and Gender Studies. She teaches courses on feminist theory and the history of feminist thought, Victorian literature, women and literature, gothic and supernatural literature, film and literary criticism. She serves regularly as a consultant and reviewer for women’s and gender studies programs around the country and also served for many years on various governing bodies of the National Women’s Studies Association. Her publications include Haunting the House of Fiction: Feminist Perspectives on Ghost Stories by American Women (with Lynette Carpenter ‑‑ 1991); Creating an Inclusive College Curriculum: A Teaching Source Book from the New Jersey Project (edited with Ellen G. Friedman, Charley B. Flint, and Paula Rothenberg — 1996); A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Ghost Stories by British and American Women Writers (with Lynette Carpenter –1998); Feminist Theory: A Reader(with Fran Batkowski, now in its second edition.) and a special issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly, entitled Looking Across the Lens: Women’s Studies and Film.
Title: Associate Professor of English
Office: Sitterly House 308
Education: B.A., University of Western Australia; M.A., Columbia University; M.Phil., Columbia University; Ph.D., Columbia University
Biography: Neil Levi, an Associate Professor of English, came to Drew in 2000. He specializes in twentieth century British and comparative literature, critical theory, and the Holocaust. He is the author of Modernist Form and the Myth of Jewification (Fordham UP, 2013). He is editor, with Michael Rothberg, of The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings (Edinburgh University Press/Rutgers University Press, 2003) and, with Tim Dolin, of a special issue of Australian Cultural History, entitled Antipodean Modern. Selected recent publications include:“Carl Schmitt and the Question of the Aesthetic,” New German Critique, volume 101 (Summer 2007): 27-43; “No Sensible Comparison?” The Place of the Holocaust In Australia’s History Wars,” History and Memory Volume 19, Number 1 (2007): 124-156; and “The Persistence of the Old Regime: Late Modernist Form in the Postmodern Period (Jameson, Badiou, Mosley),” in Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate, edited by Stephen Ross (Routledge, 2009). He has also published articles in the journals Symploke, Modernism/Modernity, OCTOBER, Textual Practice, and Idealistic Studies.
Title: Associate Professor of English
Office: Sitterly House 304
Education: B.A. English, Tufts University; M.F.A., University of Maryland; Ph.D. Renaissance Literature, New York University
Biography: Patrick Phillips’ first book of poems, Chattahoochee, received the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and his second, Boy, was published in 2008. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission, and honors including a 2011 Pushcart Prize, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Emily Clark Balch award from the Virginia Quarterly Review. His poems have appeared in magazines such as Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Nation, and are regularly featured on Garrison Keillor’s radio show “The Writer’s Almanac.” He currently directs the Writing Minor at Drew, and teaches creative writing, literature, and literary translation.
Title: Baldwin Professor of Humanities, Professor of English,
Convener of the Arts and Letters Program, and Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies
Office: Sitterly House 203/SW Bowne
Education: A.B., Columbia University, 1966; M.A., Columbia University, 1967; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1970
Biography: Robert Ready, a Professor of English, came to Drew in 1970. His specializes in the areas of nineteenth-century British literature, writing fiction, and graduate liberal studies. His recent work has appeared in Keats-Shelley Journal, Journal of Narrative Theory, WaterSedge, Water~Stone Review, and Reconfigurations.
Title: Professor of English
Office: Sitterly House 208
Education: B.A., Yale University, 1981; M.A. in Fiction Writing, John Hopkins University, 1985; Ph.D., City University of New York, 1993
Biography: Peggy Samuels, a Professor of English, came to Drew in 1992. She specializes in the areas of Milton, seventeenth-century British literature, and post-World War II American poetry. In addition to those subjects, she teaches biographical approaches to literature and the Bible as literature. Her most recent publication explores Elizabeth Bishop’s response to the experimental work of Paul Klee, Kurt Schwitters, and Alexander Calder (Deep Skin: Elizabeth Bishop and Visual Art, Cornell UP, 2010). Previous publications cover Renaissance sonnets, 16th century Spanish discovery narratives, Andrew Marvell’s lyrics and John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and his divorce tracts.
Title: Assistant Professor of English
Office: Sitterly House 105
Education: B.A., University of Chicago, 1998; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2006; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2009
Biography: Hannah Wells is a scholar of 19th-century American literature and culture. Her teaching and research interests include law and literature, African American literature, Native American literature, political philosophy, pragmatism, and religion in the US. She is currently at work on a book called If Bodies Matter: American Pragmatism and The Color Line, which weds the development of pragmatist philosophy to the emergence of new models of racial citizenship that found form and expression in the literary innovations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Before coming to Drew, Hannah was an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. She has also taught at Stanford, the Cooper Union, and the University of Pennsylvania.