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English and Modern Languages Faculty Members

Bryan Sinche, PhD
Department Chair

Head Shot Bryan Sinche specializes in 19th-century American and African American literature, but he teaches in all periods and genres of American literature. In recent years, he has taught courses on book history, the Black Arts Movement, and African American autobiography. More Info...

Mark Blackwell, PhD

Head Shot Mark Blackwell teaches 17-, 18-, and early 19-century British literature and culture, including courses on Milton, satire, and Austen. He has taught various honors seminars entitled and he has directed independent studies on the graphic novel and on contemporary fiction. More Info...

Marco Cupolo, PhD

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PhD (University of Connecticut), Master (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), and Laurea (Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy)  More Info...


Nicholas Ealy, PhD

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Nicholas Ealy specializes in the medieval literature and culture of Iberia and France. He teaches French and Spanish language courses as well as courses in European and Latin-American literature and culture.  More Info...


Maria E. Frank, PhD

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Maria Frank teaches courses in Italian language and culture, the Divine Comedy, Renaissance Italy, Women in Early Modern Europe, 20th-century Italian Poetry, Death in Literature. She also designs and conducts study-trips to Italy for U of H students. More Info...


Ben Grossberg, PhD
Director of Creative Writing

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Benjamin S. Grossberg teaches poetry writing, contemporary U.S. Poetry, and English Renaissance literature. More Info...


Nels Highberg, PhD
Distinguished Teaching Humanist

Head Shot Nels Highberg's teaching and research interests center primarily on theories and rhetorics of gender and sexuality; memoir and creative nonfiction; film, new media, and visual rhetorics; and medical humanities and trauma studies. More Info...

Donald Jones, PhD

Head Shot As a specialist in rhetoric and writing, Donald Jones believes in the power of language to shape our lives. His courses combine theory and practice in a student-centered and teacher-guided learning environment. More Info...

Beth Richards
Director of First- and Second-Year Writing Programs

Head Shot Beth Richards has twenty years of experience as a technical writer, working primarily with small to midsize engineering firms (polymer processing, respiratory monitoring and lung function technology, audio and video processing). More Info...

Teresa Stores

Head Shot T. Stores is the author of three novels and numerous stories, poems and essays. She teaches Creative Writing, with an emphasis on short fiction, personal essay, and travel writing. More Info...

Erin Striff, PhD

Head Shot Erin Striff teaches playwriting, theatre, creative writing and dramatic literature. More Info...

Amanda Walling, PhD

Head Shot Professor Walling's research is primarily focused on 14th and 15th century English poetry, but she is also interested in medieval religion, politics, and drama, the Renaissance, the history of rhetoric, and responses to medieval literature in later centuries. More Info...

Marie Healey - Adjunct Faculty Member

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Marie Healey specializes in the development of curriculum and assessment elements for Elementary and Intermediate Spanish and French.  More Info...


Lynne Lipkind - Adjunct Faculty Member

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Lynne Lipkind specializes as a developmental editor of and writer for educational publications pertaining to language acquisition, especially French.  More Info...