Meet our newest faculty member!


Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez
Assistant Professor of English


I received my Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. Since then, I’ve taught at Oberlin College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College (one at the former, four at the latter). My research has focused on U.S. narrative production since World War II, though I am most invested in material after 1989. I explore how economics, politics, and history interact with literature and film. I’ve published articles on Marilynne Robinson’s fiction and Janet Flanner’s journalism.

My book project, Competing Determinisms: The Contemporary U.S. Novel and its Necessary Fictions,begins by exploring how massive changes in cultural hierarchies and arrangements of power over the last few decade have led to corresponding ideological shifts which, I argue, alter narrative forms and functions. The book examines how several recent U.S. novelists have negotiated this milieu. I have completed chapters on David Foster Wallace, Richard Powers, Marilynne Robinson, Junot Diaz, and Dinaw Mengestu, with more to come.

Advice on Spring 16 Courses

1) ENGL206 or ENGL207 (World Literature) is recommended-- these courses count toward your general education requirements (F), and also toward the major.  They are also great courses!

2) Taking ENWR220 early on makes sense; note topic differences – Next fall we are offering six different sections.  While they all teach the same skills -- writing the analytic essay through close reading -- each section is quite different in focus.  All of us who teach the course design thematic courses of our own choosing!, so you need to select the one the theme that you are interested in. Please go to
EMA to read descriptions.

3) Follow your Heart/Manage Your Life: As you select courses, pay attention not only to requirements, but to your interests and to what you can manage to read. Can you take three classes that assign multiple novels and do well?  Be mindful of what you can handle, and balance your wish-list with practicality.

4) Look out for infrequently offered courses, and those that are typically only offered once a semester.  In particular, the topics offered in Special Topics courses and 400 level courses (ENGL493 and ENGL494) are offered only occasionally (and 400 level courses, marked as "senior" courses, are for juniors and seniors).  Please read the descriptions on EMA, and also below.


For the full course catalog, click here: Course Catalog.  Please note that the English Department offerings include courses beginning with ENFL, ENGL, ENGL, ENID, ENLT, and ENWR.

For the Graduate Program, click here.