M.A. in English

Our program values the deep connection between theory and practice, and emphasizes hands-on learning through teaching assistantships, tutoring positions, and internships in teaching, editing, digital humanities, and library curating and archiving.

What is Applied English Studies? 

The MA in English—with an emphasis in Applied English Studies—is a comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates for a range of professional pursuits. With an emphasis on career advancement and critical consciousness, the program expands opportunities for K-12 teachers, lays a foundation for doctoral study, and equips students for jobs in college teaching as well as careers in publishing, editing, writing, content curation, digital scholarship, and teaching English abroad.

Our graduate students study how language acts upon the world in order to communicate effectively with diverse communities and envision a just society. Coursework is anchored in conversations about social and racial justice, pedagogy, literature, writing, and cultural representation that extend beyond the classroom, and hones students’ skills in critical reading, writing, teaching, research, and digital humanities.

M.A. Faculty

Janelle Adsit

Janelle Adsit

Department Chair

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Creative Writing; Environmental Humanities; Narrative Medicine; Health Humanities, Arts in Health

Marianne Ahokas

Marianne Ahokas

Composition Program Faculty and Lecturer in English

Early American Literature; Writing Studies and Rhetorical Theory; Writing in the Disciplines

Renée Byrd

Renée Byrd

Associate Professor

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Critical Race Studies; Law & Society; Prison Abolition; Transnational Feminisms; Queer of Color Critique; Sexuality Studies; Environmental Justice; Neoliberal Political Rationalities; Social Theory; Poststructuralism; Globalization; the State and State Violence

Daniela Cerbino

Daniela Cerbino

Assistant Professor

Critical Multimodal Discourse Analysis, Language and Gender, Second Language Pedagogy

Andrea Delgado

Andrea Delgado

Assistant Professor

Cultural and Digital Rhetorics, Chicanx/Latinx Literature, American Ethnic Literature.

Michael Eldridge

Michael Eldridge

Professor

Post-Colonial Studies (including African, Caribbean, South Asian, and Pacific Literatures); Cultural Studies and Critical Theory

Natalie Giannini

Natalie Giannini

Lecturer - English and Composition Program Faculty

Early Modern Studies, Cultural Studies, History of the Body and Medicine; Early Modern Political Culture; Literacy Studies and Writing Practices; Writing Assessment

Christina Hsu Accomando

Christina Hsu Accomando

Professor

Multi-ethnic U.S. literature; law and literature of U.S. slavery and resistance​; critical race studies; ​multicultural queer studies; Black feminist thought; Asian American studies

Lisa Tremain

Lisa Tremain

Associate Professor/ Director of First-Year Composition

Rhetoric, Writing Studies, Writing Pedagogy and Assessment, Ways of Knowing and Writing, Writing Across the Curriculum

Janet Winston

Janet Winston

Professor - Graduate Coordinator

Cultural Studies; Postcolonial Studies; Gender/Sexuality Studies; British Modernism; Twentieth-Century Visual Culture; Critical Theories of Race and Whiteness