The Department of English is the largest humanities department in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Our faculty strives to instill students with a deep and lasting understanding of literature and literary traditions. Each year, more than 11,000 undergraduates receive instruction in humanistic reading and writing through our writing program. Our comprehensive undergraduate program reaches more than 900 majors and enrolls more than 8,000 students annually. Our top-ranking graduate program prepares the next generation of literary scholars and teachers for professional success.

The Department of English is proud to be home to the Plangere Writing Center, the Center for Cultural Analysis, and Writers House, which represent the department’s commitment to excellence in written expression, to the interdisciplinary study of culture, and to the promotion of creative writing and multimedia composition. In addition to its curricular programs, the department sponsors lectures, conferences, and readings for the university community and the general public.


Members of Friends of Rutgers English (FoRE) include alumni of our undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty, current students, staff, and other supporters of the Department of English. Cheryl A. Wall established FoRE in 1998 during her tenure as departmental chair. Richard E. Miller, the chair of the English department, also serves as the executive director of the organization. FoRE raises public awareness about the value of studying literature and the literary arts, broadly construed. The organization also raises funds to support the scholarly and pedagogical endeavors of Rutgers English faculty and students.


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Office of Alumni and Public Relations
Department of English
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Phone: 732.932.9896
Fax: 732.932.1202
Website: english.rutgers.edu

Rick H. Lee

Maritza Cruz
Abigail McClure
Anna Witek

Amy Meng

Emily C. Bartels
Ann Baynes Coiro
Marianne DeKoven
Elin Diamond
Richard Dienst
Kate Flint
William H. Galperin
Myra Jehlen
Ann Jurecic
John Kucich
Ron Levao
Meredith L. McGill
Michael McKeon
Richard E. Miller
Barry V. Qualls
Henry S. Turner
Keith Wailoo (History)
Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Carolyn Williams
Edlie L. Wong

Jaya Bharne (BA 2007)
Louis R. Carlozo (BA 1986)
Hillary Chute (PhD 2007)
Sara Grossman (BA 2007)
Rick H. Lee (MA 2001)
Ron Levao (BA 1970)
Marie T. Logue (PhD 1983)
Bill Matthews (BA 1981)
Colleen R. Rosenfeld (MA 2008)
Martha Nell Smith (PhD 1985)
Ken Urban (PhD 2006)
Alexander G. Weheliye (PhD 1999)

Chris McGowan (Class of 2010)
Amy Meng (Class of 2011)



EMILY C. BARTELS is the author of Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe, and, most recently, Speaking of the Moor: From “Alcazar” to “Othello.”

ANN BAYNES COIRO is the author of Robert Herrick’s “Hesperides” and the Epigram Book Tradition.

MARIANNE DeKOVEN is the author of Utopia Limited: The Sixties and the Emergence of the Postmodern; Rich and Strange: Gender, History, Modernism; and A Different Language: Gertrude Stein’s Experimental Writing.

ELIN DIAMOND is the director of the graduate program in comparative literature and the author of Unmaking Mimesis: Essays on Feminism and Theater and Pinter’s Comic Play.

RICHARD DIENST is the author of Still Life in Real Time: Theory after Television.

KATE FLINT is the author of The Victorians and the Visual Imagination and The Woman Reader, 1837-1914.

WILLIAM H. GALPERIN is the author of The Historical Austen, The Return of the Visible in British Romanticism, and Revision and Authority in Wordsworth: The Interpretation of a Career.

MYRA JEHLEN is Board of Governors Professor of English and the author of Readings at the Edge of Literature; American Incarnation: The Individual, the Nation, and the Continent; and Class and Character in Faulkner’s South.

ANN JURECIC is a specialist in composition studies and the author of articles in Pedagogy and Literature and Medicine.

JOHN KUCICH is the director of the graduate program of literatures in English and the author of Imperial Masochism: British Fiction, Fantasy, and Social Class; The Power of Lies: Transgression in Victorian Fiction; Repression in Victorian Fiction: Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Charles Dickens; and Excess and Restraint in the Novels of Charles Dickens.

RON LEVAO, an alumnus of Rutgers College (BA 1970), is the author of Renaissance Minds and Their Fictions: Cusanus, Sidney, Shakespeare.

MEREDITH L. McGILL is the director of the Center for Cultural Analysis and the author of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853.

MICHAEL McKEON is Board of Governors Professor of English and the author of The Secret History of Domesticity: Public, Private, and the Division of Knowledge; The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740; and Politics and Poetry in Restoration England.

RICHARD E. MILLER is the chair of the English department and the executive director of the Plangere Writing Center. He is the author of Writing at the End of the World and As If Learning Mattered: Reforming Higher Education.

BARRY V. QUALLS is the vice president for undergraduate education and the author of The Secular Pilgrims of Victorian Fiction: The Novel as Book of Life and numerous articles and reviews on Victorian literature.

HENRY S. TURNER is the coordinator of the Program in Early Modern Studies and the author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts,1580-1630, and, most recently, Shakespeare’s Double Helix.

KEITH WAILOO is the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History and the author of Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health and Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease Identity in Twentieth-Century America.

REBECCA L. WALKOWITZ is the coordinator of the Modernism & Globalization Seminar Series and the author of Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism beyond the Nation.

CAROLYN WILLIAMS is the director of the undergraduate program in English, the executive director of Writers House, and the author of Transfigured World: Walter Pater’s Aesthetic Historicism.

EDLIE L. WONG is the author of Neither Fugitive Nor Free: Slavery, Freedom Suits, and the Legal Culture of Travel, which is forthcoming from New York University Press.


JAYA BHARNE (BA 2007) is the recipient of the 2007 Jordan Lee Flyer Honors Award for outstanding promise and achievement in the study of language and literature.

LOUIS R. CARLOZO (BA 1986) is a features staff writer at the Chicago Tribune, lead music critic for the Christian Century, and a writing instructor at Loyola University Chicago.

HILLARY CHUTE (PhD 2007) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and the author of recent and forthcoming articles in PMLA, Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies, and Women’s Studies Quarterly.

SARA GROSSMAN (BA 2007) is the recipient of the 2006 Irving D. Blum Prize for the best essay written in coursework.

RICK H. LEE (MA 2001), the director of alumni and public relations for the English department at Rutgers University, is completing his dissertation examining the problem of cultural literacy and generational transmission in gay male culture.

MARIE T. LOGUE (PhD 1983) is the assistant vice president for academic engagement and programming at Rutgers University.

BILL MATTHEWS (BA 1981) is the senior director of development research and prospect management at the Rutgers University Foundation.

COLLEEN R. ROSENFELD (MA 2008) is the recipient of the Graduate School–New Brunswick Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellowship.

MARTHA NELL SMITH (PhD 1985) is a professor of English and the founding director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson; Comic Power in Emily Dickinson; and Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson.

KEN URBAN (PhD 2006) is a playwright and a preceptor in expository writing at Harvard University.

ALEXANDER G. WEHELIYE (PhD 1999) is an associate professor of English and African American studies at Northwestern University and the author of Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity.


CHRIS McGOWAN is a rising junior and plans to attend a PhD program in English after graduating from Rutgers.

AMY MENG will be part of the Class of 2011, the first class graduating from a unified School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University.