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Cynthia L. Caywood

Cynthia L. Caywood

Chair, Department of English
Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre
ccaywood@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4252

Office: Founders Hall 170B

Office Hours: Tu 2:30-4:30pm; Th 2:30-4:30pm; and F 10am-12pm

Cynthia L. Caywood, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1984.  She is currently serves as co-director of the London Summer Program.  In the English department, Caywood offers undergraduate courses on restoration and eighteenth century British literature, world drama, and women's literature and graduate courses in seventeenth and eighteenth century drama.  Her research interests include Aphra Behn, Jane Austen, and August Wilson, with special interests in British and American theatre history, stage production, and feminist theory.

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Malachi Black

Malachi Black

Assistant Professor
malachiblack@sandiego.edu
619-260-4696

Office: Founders Hall 173A

Office Hours: T 2:00-5:30PM, W 4:00-5:30PM, and by appointment

Malachi Black came to USD in 2014 from Emory University, where he served as the Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry from 2013-2014. He earned his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Literature with Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Utah in 2014. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Black is currently at work on his second collection of poetry, Indirect Light; his first book, Storm Toward Morning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in November 2014. He teaches a range of undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Poetry and Intermediate and Advanced Poetry Writing, and assists with both the Copper Writers Series and USD’s new online creative writing journal.

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Dennis M. Clausen

Dennis M. Clausen

Professor, English
dclausen@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4112

Office: Founders Hall 168B

Office Hours: M 11:00AM-1:00PM; T 12:00-3:00PM

Dennis M. Clausen, PhD, has been a member of the University of San Diego faculty since 1972. Clausen has taught undergraduate American literature courses with a special emphasis on authors who write about American small towns.

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Halina Duraj

Halina Duraj

Assistant Professor
hduraj@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7429

Office: Founders Hall 173B

Office Hours: M 4:00-6:00PM, T 1:30-4:30PM

Halina Duraj joined USD after receiving her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah in 2010. She also holds a B.S. in biological sciences and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of California, Davis. Her debut collection of short stories, The Family Cannon, won Augury Books' Editors' Prize and was published in 2014. She teaches literature and creative writing and also directs USD's Cropper Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series.

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Carlton Floyd

Carlton Floyd

Associate Professor, English
cfloyd@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7916

Office: Founders Hall 180C

Office Hours: W/R 11:30AM-2:00PM, and by appointment.

Dr. Floyd specializes in African-American literature, mixed race and ethnic studies, identity and community, and representations of children and childhood. He has recently written for and edited a special volume on August Wilson in College Literature. Dr. Floyd has been teaching at USD since 2000.

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Maura Giles-Watson

Maura Giles-Watson, PhD

Assistant Professor
mgileswatson@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4286

Office: Founders Hall 170C

Office Hours: T 4:00-5:00PM, W 2:00-5:00, and R 7:00-8:00PM

Maura Giles-Watson (PhD-English, U of Nebraska-Lincoln; MA-English, U of Massachusetts-Boston;MEd-Cross-Cultural Education, National Univ.; ALB-Classical Studies, Harvard) is an Assistant Professor of English and Keck Faculty Fellow. She teaches courses in medieval and Renaissance drama and performance culture, mythology, ancient tragedy and comedy, as well as the early British literature survey and courses in Henrician literature and culture. During her graduate studies at UNL, Maura designed curricula and taught British Literature to 1800, Linguistics, Shakespeare, and Rhetoric as Argument; during her MA program at UMass-Boston she taught composition and co-taught both Chaucer and Five British Writers. Maura's pedagogical methods are Socratic and blend interdisciplinarity (esp. in drama, music, visual arts, literature, history, and rhetoric) with progressive approaches such as mastery learning in which students are full creative participants.

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Mary  Hotz

Mary Hotz

Associate Professor, English
mhotz@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4576

Office: Founders Hall 171B

Office Hours: MWF 10:00-11:00AM, MW 2:00-3:00PM

Sister Hotz is on sabbatical leave for the academic year 2013-2014.

Sister Mary Hotz, a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, came to USD in 1996. She received her PhD from The University of Chicago in 1997, with a concentration in Victorian literature. Her central interests include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, Native American literature, and the development of the novel. Her most recent project, Literary Remains: Representations of Death and Burial in Victorian England, explores the unexpectedly central role of death and burial in Victorian England by locating corpses at the center of a surprisingly extensive range of Victorian concerns: money and law, medicine and urban architecture, social planning and folklore, religion and national identity.

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Koonyong Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor
kykim@sandiego.edu
619-260-4057

Office: Founders Hall 168C

Office Hours: MW 4:15-5:15PM, TR 1:45-2:15PM & 4:00-5:00PM

Koonyong Kim earned his PhD from Duke University in 2010. Before coming to USD, he was a James B. Duke Fellow and Research Associate at the Institute for Critical Theory at Duke and Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of South Florida. His research and teaching focus on contemporary American literature, Asian American literature, critical theory, new media and cultural studies, architecture, musicology, and aesthetics.

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Marcelle Maese-Cohen

Marcelle Maese-Cohen, PhD

Assistant Professor
marcelle@sandiego.edu
619-260-4023

Office: Founders Hall 172C

Office Hours: T 2:00-3:00PM, W 3:00-7:00PM

Marcelle Maese-Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Her research interests include the relation between social justice and literary form, decolonial feminist thought, comparative ethnic studies, human rights law, and critical theory. She is currently teaching courses on Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures and Cultures.

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Joseph McGowan

Associate Professor
mcgowan@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4113

Office: Founders Hall 172B

Office Hours: MW 1:30-3:30PM, F 1:30-2:30PM, and by appointment

Areas of interest: late classical and medieval; history of the English language; textual criticism and historical linguistics.  Recent publications include A History of the English Language (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010) and Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts Housed in Switzerland (Tempe, AZ: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 2009), and articles in Notes & Queries, Journal of English & Germanic Philology, Mediaevistik, Studia Neophilologica, and The Chaucer Review.

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Ivan Ortiz

Ivan Ortiz

Assistant Professor
iortiz@sandiego.edu
619-260-4147

Office: Founders Hall 171C

Office Hours: T/R 1:30-3 PM; W 1:30-3:30 PM

Ivan Ortiz received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University in 2013. Among his research interests are 18th century and 19th century British literature (especially Romanticism), poetics and aesthetics, literary theory, the history of emotion and affect, and intersections between science & literature.

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Atreyee Phukan

Atreyee Phukan

Associate Professor, English
phukana@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7634

Office: Founders Hall 180B

Office Hours: M 11:00AM-2:00PM, W 12:00-2:00PM

Atreyee Phukan, PhD, teaches courses in world literature and post-colonial literature. Her research interests focus on contemporary literature and theory, in particular those of the Caribbean and South Asian diaspora.

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Fred Miller Robinson

Fred Miller Robinson, PhD

Professor, English
Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre
fredr@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2239

Office: Founders Hall 175C

Office Hours: T/R 3:00-4:00PM, W 2:00-5:00PM

Fred Miller Robinson, PhD, served as chair of the English Department from 1991 until 2005.  From 2005-06 he was interim director of the Theatre Arts program, and from 2009 he has served as the chair of the Music Department.  He has taught a variety of undergraduate courses in modern literature, including Modern Poetry, Modern Drama, Narrative Theory and Writing Autobiography, and a text course in modern drama to the USD/Old Globe MFA students.  His research focus has shifted from comic theory to cultural studies: a social history of The Man in the Bowler Hat and, currently, the interculture of Ireland and the U.S. Robinson also taught for a year (each) at the Universite de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France, and the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.

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Abraham Stoll

Abraham Stoll

Professor, English
Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre
astoll@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7535

Office: Founders Hall 175B

Office Hours: M 2:00-5:00PM, T 2:00-4:00PM

Abraham Stoll, PhD, specializes in Renaissance and early modern literature, particularly the literature of seventeenth-century England. His recent book, Milton and Monotheism, is on the poetry and theology of John Milton. He also edited the five-volume edition of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. Currently, he is working on a study of conscience in the early modern period. Stoll has taught at the University of San Diego since 2000, and was visiting professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2006-07.

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Stefan Vander Elst

Stefan Vander Elst

Assistant Professor
sve@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2946

Office: Founders Hall 173C

Office Hours: W 1:00-6:00PM

Dr. Vander Elst received his PhD from Princeton University in 2006. Following a Mellon post-doctoral fellowship at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, Dr. Vander Elst began teaching at USD in 2009. He specializes in Middle English literature, especially Chaucer and fourteenth-century English romance, literature, rhetoric, and propaganda of the later crusades, and literary representations of medieval politics.

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Irene Chipurnoi  Williams

Irene Chipurnoi Williams

Professor, English
iwillms@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4118

Office: Founders Hall 180A

Office Hours: T/R 4:00-5:00PM, F 12:00-3:00PM, and by appointment

Irene Williams, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982.  She offers undergraduate courses in nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. literature, modern European literature, and literature of genocide and occupation.  Her research focus is nineteenth-century U.S./New England literature.

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