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Faculty and Staff

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Department Leadership

Jonathan Greenberg, professor and chair, received his PhD in English and American Literature from Princeton University and his BA from Harvard University. His research interests include: Modernism; 20th Century British/Anglophone; Comedy and Satire; Darwin and Literature; and Literary Theory. He teaches courses including: Modern British Fiction, James Joyce, The Comic and Satiric Tradition, Pursuits of English, World Literature, English Literature II (1660 to present), and The Art of Poetry. He is the author of Modernism, Satire, and the Novel published by Cambridge University Press (2011) and The Cambridge Introduction to Satire (2019), and the editor (with Nathan Waddell) of Brave New World: Contexts and Legacies (Palgrave, 2016). His most recent book, Mobituaries, co-written with Mo Rocca of CBS Sunday Morning, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2019.
Lee Behlman, associate professor, received a PhD from the University of Michigan. His research interests include: Victorian poetry and prose; 19-century classicism; motherhood and gender studies; and the Bible as literature. He teaches courses including: Pursuits of English and Victorian Poetry. He recently completed the book Victorian Literature: Criticism and Debates with Anne Longmuir (Routledge, 2016).


Kim Harrison is the program assistant for the Department of English.

Full-Time Faculty

Fawzia Afzal-Khan, professor, received a PhD in English Literature from Tufts University. Her research interests include: Third World Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Feminist Theory, Transnational Feminisms, and Cultural and Performance Studies. She teaches courses including: Feminist Theory, Images of Muslim Women, Transnational Feminisms, Women Prose Writers, and World Literature. She is recognized as a University Distinguished Scholar, received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for The Nightingales of Pakistan (2011), and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Pakistan for AY 2015-16. She is author of five books, her latest a memoir entitled Lahore With Love; Growing Up With Girlfriends Pakistani-Style (2010).
Emily Cheng, associate professor, received a PhD from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include Asian American Studies, 20th and 21st century U.S. Ethnic Literatures, and gender and sexuality studies. She teaches courses including Contemporary Literature of Immigration, Pursuits of English, Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Film, Contemporary American Fiction, Women Prose Writers, and Transnational Feminisms.
Monika Elbert, professor, received a PhD from Rutgers University. Her research interests include: 19th-century women writers; American Romanticism, 19th-century American children’s literature; and American Gothic. She teaches courses including: Early American Literature, Literature of American Resistance, and American Romanticism. Elbert is a University Distinguished Scholar and former editor of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. Recent books include: Haunting Realities: Naturalist Gothic and American Realism (U of Alabama P, 2017, co-edited and co-intro); Anglo-American Travelers and the Hotel Experience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Routledge, 2017, co-edited and co-intro); Romantic Education in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Routledge, 2014, co-edited and co-intro); and Transnational Gothic: Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century (Ashgate, 2013, co-ed. and co-intro). Her latest book, Hawthorne in Context, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2018.
Grover Furr, professor, received his PhD from Princeton University. His research interests include: Medieval English literature and more recently, the history of the Soviet Union during the Stalin period, roughly 1930 – 1953. He teaches courses including: Medieval English Literature; Chaucer; King Arthur and Arthurian Literature in Medieval England; The English Language; World Literature (non-Western literature); Social Protest Literature in the U.S.; English Literature I: Beginnings to 1660; History of Journalism in America; and Great Books and Ideas, I. Furr has also published many books and articles on the history of the Soviet Union during Stalin period.
David Galef, professor of English and the creative writing program director, received his PhD from Columbia University. His research interests include modern British literature, fantasy and science fiction, and creative writing, all subjects he teaches. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook (Columbia University, 2016), the short story collection My Date with Neanderthal Woman and the poetry collection Kanji Poems. His essays on Joyce, Woolf, Forster, Nabokov, Auden and others have appeared in places ranging from Twentieth Century Literature to The Columbia History of the British Novel. Recent publications include essays in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Writer’s Chronicle.
Jeffrey Gonzalez, assistant professor, received his PhD from Penn State. His research interests include 20th and 21st century American fiction, postmodern narrative and theory, and globalization theory. He has published articles in Mosaic and Critique, and his current project considers the ways contemporary novels deal with neoliberal politics and economics. His courses at Montclair State include American Fiction after 1890, Postwar American Fiction, Black Writers in the United States, and Critical Approaches to English.
Melinda Knight, professor and director of the Center for Writing Excellence, received her PhD in American Studies from New York University. Her research interests include American Studies and writing within and across the disciplines, including the intersections of class, gender, identity, and race in American literature, manifestations of aestheticism and decadence, and representations of the American West–particularly in the period from the 1890s to WW II. She is working on several grant-funded projects that engage community literacy, and as director of the Center for Writing Excellence, she works to promote of culture of writing to students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community. She is also the editor of BPCQ.
Naomi Liebler, professor and deputy chair, received her PhD from SUNY at Stony Brook. Her research interests include Shakespeare, Early Modern English Drama, World Drama, Literary Theory, Tragedy, Renaissance Literature, Literature and Anthropology, Literature of Age and Aging. She teaches courses including Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances, Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories, American Drama, Ancient Tragedy, and Art of Drama. She is the author of publications including Early Modern Prose Fiction: The Politics of Reading (Routledge 2007), The Female Tragic Hero in Renaissance English Drama (Palgrave, 2002), Tragedy: A Critical Reader, co-ed. with J. Drakakis (Longmans, 1998), and Shakespeare’s Festive Tragedy: The Ritual Foundations of Genre (Routledge, 1995). Her current research project is titled Shakespeare’s Geezers—Negotiations of Old Age in Shakespeare’s Plays and Poems. Liebler is a University Distinguished Scholar and the recipient of the Townsend Harris Medal for Lifetime Achievement from City College of the City University of New York Alumni Association.
Johnny Lorenz, professor, received a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include Brazilian literature, poetry writing and translation. He teaches courses including World Literature, Poetry Writing, and Brazilian Literature. His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as Modern Fiction Studies, Luso-Brazilian Review and Brasil/Brazil. His translation of Clarice Lispector’s A BREATH OF LIFE was a finalist for Best Translated Book Award.
Alexios Lykidis, associate professor, received a PhD from the University of Southern California. His research interests include art cinema, contemporary European cinema, immigration studies, neoliberalism and political filmmaking traditions. He teaches courses on global film history, contemporary art cinema, immigration and cinema, American independent cinema and major national cinemas. His work has been published in Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, the Journal of Greek Media and Culture, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, A Companion to Michael Haneke, The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film, We Roma: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art and Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy.
Patricia Matthew, associate professor, received a PhD in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests include: British Romanticism (poetry and fiction), the history of the novel, abolitionist British literature, and women’s writing. She teaches courses in British Romanticism, the history of the novel, and British abolitionist literature. She is the co-editor of a special issue for Romantic Pedagogy Commons and has published essays and reviews in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and the Keats-Shelley Journal. She is also the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). She is currently writing a monograph about sugar, gender, and British abolitionist literature.
Lucy McDiarmid, the Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English, received her PhD from Harvard University. Her research focuses on writing by Yeats, Lady Gregory, Maeve Brennan, T. S. Eliot, Auden, and Stevie Smith, among others. She teaches courses on Modern British and Irish Poetry; Women Poets; Irish Women Writers; Irish Revival; Irish Film; Contemporary Irish Poetry; Modern Irish Drama; The Art of Poetry. Her books include At Home in the Revolution: what women said and did in 1916 (2015); Poets and the Peacock Dinner: the literary history of a meal (2014); The Irish Art of Controversy (2005); Auden’s Apologies for Poetry (1990); Saving Civilization: Yeats, Eliot, and Auden between the wars (1984); and several co-edited collections. Her current project is a book on 21st century Irish poetry.
Jeffrey Alan Miller, associate professor, received his DPhil in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. He specializes in the study of early modern literature, history, and theology, with a particular focus on the works of John Milton and his contemporaries. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Milton, early modern literature, literary theory, and critical writing. His published essays have appeared in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Milton Studies, Milton Quarterly, and The Times Literary Supplement, among other venues, and he is currently completing a monograph entitled “Signifying Shadows: Early Modern Typology, Milton, and the Writer’s Mind at Work.” In 2015, Miller also announced his discovery of what is now the earliest known draft of the King James Bible, and he is in the process of preparing a book-length edition and study of the manuscript.  He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2019.
Laura Nicosia, professor, received a PhD in American Literature from New York University. Her research and teaching interests include: Modern/Contemporary American fiction and poetry, young adult and children’s literatures, social justice, science fiction, speculative fiction, and collaborative social media. She is the author of Educators Online: Preparing Today’s Educators for Tomorrow’s Digital Literacies by Peter Lang Publishing (2013) and is co-editor of the collection: Through a Distorted Lens: Media as Curricula and Pedagogy in the 21st Century by Sense Publishing (2017). Her upcoming project, Dear Secretary De Vos: What We Want You To Know About Education has an anticipated summer 2018 release (Brill/Sense Publishers). She is also working on two monograph projects—one on Gloria Naylor, the second on the The Posthuman Chimera and Monstrous Other in Young Adult Literature and Popular Culture.
Wendy C. Nielsen, associate professor, received a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Davis. She is a specialist in European (British, German, and French) Romanticism, drama, and (women) writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Nielsen has taught undergraduate and graduate courses including: European Romanticism; Modern Drama: Ibsen to O’Neill; Literature of the Enlightenment Era; Restoration and 18th-Century Drama; World Literature; Modern European Novel; Critical Approaches to English; The Romantic Movement; Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw; and Seminar in Literary Research: Methods. She is the author of Women Warriors in Romantic Drama (University of Delaware Press, 2012), and articles on Boadicea; drama in British, German, and French Romanticism (including Elizabeth Inchbald); Olympe de Gouges; and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Her new project is titled Motherless Creations: Artificial Life in Literature and Culture, 1650-1950.
Michael Robbins, assistant professor, received a PhD from University of Chicago. Research interests include modern and contemporary poetry, popular music, critical theory, and political economy. He teaches courses in creative writing such as Introduction to Poetry Writing and Intermediate Poetry Workshop. He is the author of the essay collection Equipment for Living: Poetry and Pop Music (Simon & Schuster, 2017) and the poetry collections Alien vs. Predator (2012) and The Second Sex (2014) both published by Penguin. His poems, critical essays, and reviews have been included in publications such as: The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, Harper’s, London Review of Books, and BOOKFORUM.
Adam Rzepka, assistant professor, received his PhD from the University of Chicago. His research interests include early modern literature and performance, the history of science and cognition, and critical theory. He teaches courses on Shakespeare, early modern poetics, text and image, and literary theory. He is the author of a number of articles and book chapters, including “‘How easy is a bush supposed a bear?’: Differentiating Imaginative Production in A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Shakespeare Quarterly and “‘How like a god’: Shakespeare and Early Modern Apprehension,” forthcoming in Shakespeare Studies.
Art Simon, professor, holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University. His research interests include the History of American film and Jewish-American cultural history. He teaches a wide range of courses in the Film Studies Program. Simon is the co-editor of American Film History: Selected Readings, Volumes I and II (Wiley, 2016) and The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film, 4 Volumes (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). He is also the author of Dangerous Knowledge: The JFK Assassination in Art and Film (Temple UP, 2nd printing, 2013 with a new preface); “Make Way for Youth: The American Jewish Committee and the Social Problem Film,” American Jewish History, Vol. 97, N. 4, 2013. His commentary for the DVD of Kid Galahad, in collaboration with Robert Sklar, is part of Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection.
Keith Slocum, professor, received a PhD from University of Pennsylvania. His current research interests include the revision process between genres in selected works by Arthur Miller. He teaches courses including English Lit I: Beginning to 1660 and Art of Fiction. He is the author of the books The English Workshop (2003), Business Spelling and Word Power (2001 with Rosemarie McCauley), and Business English (1993) all published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

Part-Time Faculty

Rachel Carter
Claudia Cortese
Kathryn Curto
Janis Hubschman
Dana Maloney
Henry Margenau
Francisco Monar
James Nicosia
Jill Rosenberg
Mark Rotella
Nicholas Samaras
Barbara Slate
Jacob Suskewicz
Sasha Troyan
Boris Tsessarsky