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.
Sean Lewis (PhD, 2011) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland.
Celeste Barker Bright (PhD, 2014) has accepted a position as Managing Editor of the Newman Studies Journal at the National Institute for Newman Studies, affiliated with Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Tobias Gregory has been awarded a Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year from the American Council of Learned Societies for his project Milton's Strenuous Liberty.
Doctoral candidate Brooks Lampe's article "'The gold snake / coiled in the sun': George Hitchcock and Kayak Magazine" has been accepted by the journalDada/Surrealism (forthcoming 2014).
Undergraduate students Eva-Maria Ghelardi, Sullivan Maciag, and Alex Sniatkowski will be presenting their research (originally developed for ENG 328) at the 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association conference (Salisbury University, MD, April 4-5, 2014).
Graduate student Benjamin Djain's proposal, “Haunted By Doubt: The English Reformation's Search for a New Theatrical Identity,” has been accepted for the 21st International Conference of Europeanists (Washington, D.C., March 14-16, 2014).
Dr. Rebecca Rainof Mas's book, Fictions of Maturity: Plot, Purgatory, and the Victorian Novel of Adulthood, has been accepted for publication by Ohio University Press.
Dr. Stephen Wright's book, The Erlau Playbook: Five Medieval German Dramas for Christmas and Easter, has been accepted for publication by Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (forthcoming 2013).
Doctoral candidate Katherine LeNotre's article "Flannery O'Connor's 'Parker's Back' and Hans Urs von Balthasar on Beauty and Tragedy" has been accepted by the journal Renascence for their special O'Connor issue.
MAY1Annual Spring Party. 5:00pm Marist 133. A celebration of graduating students and winners of department awards. For English faculty, grad and undergrad students.
MAR26David Ben-Merre: James Joyce and Modern Science; or, the 'chance ridiculisation of the whoo-whoo and where’s hairs theorics of Winestain’ 6:00 p.m. Pryz Great Room A Co-sponsored by the English Dept. and the Committee for Irish Studies.
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.
I have been teaching as an adjunct at Harrisburg Area Community College for the past three years.