Department of English

The English Department Welcomes New Faculty

Thu, August 6, 2009

The Department of English is pleased to announce the appointments of several new faculty members, including Elizabeth McCracken, who has been appointed to the James A. Michener Chair in Creative Writing, as well as two new Harrington Fellows, new Postdoctoral Fellows, and new faculty in Modern Drama, Renaissance, and Digital Humanities.

Elizabeth McCracken - James A. Michener Chair in Creative Writing
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of a story collection, Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry; two novels, The Giant's House, a finalist for the National Book Award in 1996, and Niagara Falls All Over Again; and a memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination. A 1990 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has been recipient of grants from the Michener/Copernicus Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the NEA and was named one of the twenty Best Young American Novelists by Granta.  [read more]


Matt Cohen - Associate Professor Matt Cohen
Matt Cohen was a Donald D. Harrington Fellow at the University of Texas for 2008-2009 and is now an Associate Professor in the English Department. He works in the fields of early American literature, digital humanities, and the history of the book. He has published in, among other places, PMLA, The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Literature and Book History. He is the editor of an edition of letters by the creator of Tarzan, titled Brother Men: The Correspondence of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Herbert T. Weston (Duke UP, 2005), and the author of a book on early American writing in the context of seventeenth-century English and Native American communications technologies, The Networked Wilderness: Communicating in Early New England (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming). A contributing editor at the Walt Whitman Archive, he directs several projects, including an NEH-funded initiative to create tools that will enable digital archives to encode manuscript marginalia more easily and to display visual search results for manuscript text. [read more]


J.K. BarretJ.K. Barret - Assistant Professor
J.K. Barret received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book project, "So Written to Aftertimes": Renaissance England's Poetics of Futurity, investigates Renaissance literary constructions of the future, the complex relations between futurity and narrative, and the emergence of novel accounts of Englishness that turn on looking to the future rather than the past in the works of Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare and Milton. She has received fellowship support from sources including the University of Texas at Austin, the Whiting Foundation, the Josephine de Kármán Foundation, and the Huntington Library. She has also received funding to participate in seminars at the National Humanities Center and the Folger Shakespeare Library. In addition to time and the future, her research and teaching interests include poetry and poetics, literature and the visual arts, early modern legal theory, antiquity in the Renaissance, pastoral, romance, translation studies and narrative theory.  [read more]

David Kornhaber - Assistant Professor
David KornhaberDavid Kornhaber received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Columbia University and his A.B, summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 2002. He served as Assistant Editor of Theatre Survey from 2007-2008 and as an Affiliated Writer with American Theatre from 2005-2008. In addition to his academic publications on drama, he has served as a contributor to the Theatre section of The New York Times and as a theatre critic for The Village Voice.  [read more]

Snehal ShingaviSnehal Shingavi - Assistant Professor
Snehal Shingavi received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009 after earning BAs in English and Economics from Trinity University in 1997.  His interests include Anglophone South Asian literature, Hindi/Urdu literature, Literature in Translation and Translation Theory, Theories of “the nation” (anticolonialism, nationalism, statism, postcolonialism, postnationalism, cosmopolitanism, globalization), and Classical Marxism.  He won the Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, and has published articles in several journals including International Socialist Review, and has appeared  as a commentator on programs such as Hardball.  [read more]


Patricia M. García - Lecturer
Patricia garcia Patricia M. García is a lecturer in the department of English and the Center for Mexican American Studies.  Her research interests include Renaissance literature, Chicano/a literature, gender studies, English pedagogy, and service-learning methodologies. She serves as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the South Central Renaissance Conference and as an associate editor for the journal Seventeenth Century News. [read more] 

Donna KornhaberDonna Kornhaber - Lecturer
Donna Kornhaber received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2009. Prior to taking her Ph.D., she received an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing (Screenwriting and Playwriting) from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2001. She received her B.F.A. from NYU Film School in 1999. She has worked professionally in film and television, as well as in the theatre. In addition to her academic publications, she has served as a contributor to the Theatre section of The New York Times[read more]


Su Fang Ng - Harrington Fellow
Su Fang NgSu Fang Ng, an associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, works on the early modern period with a secondary interest in postcolonialism. Her first book, Literature and the Politics of Family in Seventeenth-Century England (CUP 2007), examines how the putatively conservative family-state analogy could be used for radical political ends. Her current project, Global Renaissance: Early Modern Classicism and Empire from the British Isles to the Malay Archipelago, analyzes the appropriation of Alexander the Great by Britons and Southeast Asians in order to reconsider English relations with Southeast Asians arising from the East Indies spice trade. Her work has won support from the Radcliffe Institute, the National Humanities Center, the American Philosophical Society, the British Academy, and the Newberry Library.  [read more]


Jason Powell Jason Powell - Harrington Fellow
Jason Powell is a Harrington Fellow this academic year. He graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1997, and received his PhD from University College, Oxford University in 2003, with an editorial dissertation on "The Letters and Original Prose of Sir Thomas Wyatt." Since then he has divided his time between prestigious fellowships (from the NEH, the HRC, the Huntington Library, and other sources) and an assistant professorship at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. His 2-volume Oxford English Text edition of the Complete Works of Wyatt (both prose and verse) is under contract with Oxford University Press, and he is also writing a book about literature and diplomacy in Tudor England, on More, Wyatt, Sidney, Kyd, and Shakespeare.  [read more]


Alex Feldman - Postdoctoral Fellow
Alex Feldman Alex Feldman studied for a BA and a Master of Studies at St John's College, Oxford and then transferred to Merton College where he attained his doctorate. His dissertation, "Historiographic Metatheatre: Dramas of the Past on the Late Twentieth-Century Stage" defines and exemplifies a previously unformulated genre of dramatic writing and he has published an article describing the major tenets of the genre in a volume of essays entitled "Culture and Power: The Plots of History in Performance". As well as preparing the thesis for publication, Alex is embarking on a new project at Austin which examines the dramatisation of historical trials, tentatively entitled, "Adversarial History: Trial Plays in Twentieth-Century Drama". [read more]

Jenna LayJenna Lay - Postdoctoral Fellow
Jenna Lay studies early modern English literature, with a particular focus on religious and political culture. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her B.A. from SUNY Buffalo. Her first book project, Beyond the Cloister: Catholic Englishwomen and Early Modern Book Culture, explores representations of nuns and recusant women in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and reveals Catholic women's participation in an international book culture that was crucial to the development of English national identity and Protestant literary history. The archival work for this project has been supported by fellowships from Stanford University, the Institute for Historical Research in London, the Huntington Library, and the Renaissance Society of America. Her other research and teaching interests include women's writing, book history, post-Restoration republicanism, and the early modern rhetoric of fancy and reason.  [read more]

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