The Catholic University of America

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Department of English

Welcome to the Department of English at The Catholic University of America.

The CUA English department is dedicated to the study of literature: learning its history and searching its aesthetic depths. Our faculty publish in fields ranging from Anglo-Saxon visual culture to Victorian fiction to contemporary American poetry. While our critical approaches vary widely, we share a love of literature and a dual commitment to scholarship and teaching.

The undergraduate curriculum provides CUA English majors with a strong grounding in British and American literature. Our Ph.D. and M.A. programs train graduate students to become scholars at once expert in their chosen fields and conversant with the broader history of literature in English.

Learn more about programs here.


Department News

On February 14 Tobias Gregory will take part in a symposium on "Literature and Theology in Early Modern England" at the University of Cambridge, UK:

On February 18 Tobias Gregory will deliver the Marshall Grossman lecture at the University of Maryland, on "Milton's Anticlericalism":

Monica F. Jacobe (PhD, 2010) won the 2014 John Eugene and Barbara Hilton Cay Visiting Scholar Grant awarded by the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The grant, awarded in an annual competition, is the only one offered by SHC for a project examining the literary culture or traditions of the American South. It provides research travel funding and requires the recipient to make a presentation on the awarded scholarly project.

Writing Center undergraduate tutors and graduate students presented at the 2014 joint conference of the International Writing Center Association and National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (Orlando, FL October 30-November 1, 2014).

Ryan Wilson's essay " 'Rich Refusals': Donald Justice and the New Critics" has been accepted for publication by the Sewanee Review.

Brooks Lampe (PhD, 2014) has accepted the Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Writing Pedagogy at the University of Delaware.

Doctoral Candidate Joseph Boyne has been named the Director of the Writing Center at Tulsa Community College-Southeast Campus.

Sean Lewis (PhD, 2011) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland.

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English Department Events

Alumni Spotlight

Adjunct Instructor
Class of 2003

Other areas of study/degrees:
Minor in Spanish


MA in English from Northeastern University (2006). I completed coursework toward my PhD in 20th Century American Literature at Western Michigan University in 2010, but have since left the program.

Current job: 

I have been teaching as an adjunct at Harrisburg Area Community College for the past three years.