Neil Levi

Title:  Department Chair, Professor of EnglishNeil-Levi
Office:  Sitterly House 107
Phone:  973-408-3821
Education:  B.A., University of Western Australia; M.A., Columbia University; M.Phil., Columbia University; Ph.D., Columbia University
Biography:  Neil Levi 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. His play Kin won the 2015 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award.

James Hala

Title:  Professor of English
Office:  Sitterly House 201
Phone:  973-408-3297
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).

Summer Harrison

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Title:  Assistant Professor of English/Environmental Studies
Office:  Sitterly House 305
Phone:  973-408-3217
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.

Shakti Jaising

Title:  Associate Professor of English
Office:  Sitterly House 204
Phone:  973-408-3915
Education:  B.A., University of Mumbai; M.A., University of Florida; M.F.A. (Film and Media Arts), Temple University; Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Biography:  Shakti Jaising is Associate Professor of English at Drew. Her research and teaching bring together twentieth and twenty-first century Anglophone literatures, film studies, Marxism, and postcolonial and globalization studies. Her current book project is titled, Narratives of Dispossession: Markets and Memory in the Neoliberal Present. A comparative analysis of internationally marketed Anglophone texts from India and South Africa, it explores how cultural production registers the effects of increasing privatization, dispossession, and the recasting of historical memory in the contemporary era of globalization. Jaising’s scholarly writing has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Modern Fiction Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, and ARIEL: A Review of International English Literatures.

Sandra Jamieson

Title:  Professor of English, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Director of the New York Semester on Communications and Media
Office:  Sitterly House 306
Phone:  973-408-3499
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 (, 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.

Liz Kimball

Title:  Assistant Professor of English, Director of College Writingkimball
Office:  Sitterly House 307
Phone:  973-408-8829
Education:  M.A. in English, Rutgers-Camden, 2003; B.A. in English, Earlham College, 1996; Ph.D., Temple University, 2010
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.

Wendy Kolmar

Title:  Professor of English, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
Office:  Sitterly House 106
Phone:  973-408-3632
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.

Lisa Lynch

LisaLynch-5521Title:  Visiting Associate Professor of English and Communications and Director of the New York Semester on Media and Communication.
Office:  Sitterly 208
Phone:  973-408-3300
Education:  B.A., Stanford 1986; M.J., University of California at Berkeley, 1990; Ph.D, Rutgers University 2000.
Biography: Professor Lynch’s research is situated at the intersection between culture, technology, and political change, focusing on topics including new media, literature and technology, information access, global internet governance issues, and human rights. Her academic writing has appeared in journals including  American Literature, Literature and Medicine, New Formations, and Radical History Review, and her research has been written about in publications ranging from Kill Screen to Al Jazeera. Most recently, she has been writing about document leaking and the circulation of leaked information, including chapters in the volumes Beyond Wikileaks and Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives as well as articles in Digital Journalism, Radical History Review, Journalism Practice, and the International Journal of Online Communication. During fall semester 2014, she was a fellow at Princeton’s Center For Information Technology Policy, researching Net Neutrality and Google’s response to Europe’s Right To Be Forgotten legislation.  Currently, she is an affiliate at New York’s Data and Society Institute.

Hannah Wells

Title:  Assistant Professor of English
Office:  Sitterly House 105
Phone:  973-408-3903
Education:  B.A., University of Chicago, 1998; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2006; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2009
Hannah Wells is a scholar of American literature, culture, and philosophy. Her teaching and research interests include law and literature, African American literature, political philosophy, pragmatism, and the history of science. She is currently at work on a book called American Pragmatism and the Color Line, which explores the racial and material histories out of which pragmatist philosophy emerged as well as pragmatism’s vexed use value for writers like Henry James and W.E.B. Du Bois. Her articles appear in American Literature and The Henry James Review. 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.

Courtney Zoffness

Title:  Assistant Professor of English
Office:  Sitterly House 304
Phone:  973-408-3819
Education: B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A. The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University; M.F.A. University of Arizona
Biography: Courtney Zoffness joined Drew as a full-time faculty member in 2016, and directs the Creative Writing Program. She won the 2017 Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize and the 2016 American Literary Review Fiction Prize, and her work has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, Washington Square Review, The Common, and elsewhere. She’s received fellowships or awards from The MacDowell Colony, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and The Center for Fiction, where she was an Emerging Writer Fellow. Zoffness has taught at a range of institutions including Yale University and the University of Freiburg (Germany). At Drew, she teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, and contemporary American literature, and directs the Writers@Drew reading series.