Dr. Ann Ryan, Chair

Professor of English
B.A., Le Moyne College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Office:  Reilly Hall 339B

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Dr. Maura Brady

Associate Professor of English
O'Connell Professor of the Humanities
B.A., St. John's College
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Office:  Reilly Hall 317

Professor Brady teaches courses on Renaissance Literature, Literature and Science, and Nonfiction Writing; she also teaches in the Integral Honors Program. She researches and writes about 17th century British literature, the history of nonfiction prose, literature and science, and disability studies; her work has appeared in Milton Studies, Milton Quarterly, and Philological Quarterly. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from St. John’s College and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa; her students are often amused to learn that she has an undergraduate minor in mathematics.

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Dr. Kate Costello-Sullivan

Professor of English
Director, Irish Literature Minor
B.A. Rutgers College
M.A., Ph.D. Boston College
Office: Reilly Hall 302

Kate Costello-Sullivan joined the Le Moyne faculty in 2004 after completing her Ph.D. in English at Boston College.  She holds an M.A. in English through the Irish Studies Program at B.C. and a B.A. in English and Spanish from Rutgers. Costello-Sullivan's research interests include 19th and 20th Century Irish fiction, Victorian literature, and postcolonial theory, with corollary interests in Anglo-Irish women's fiction and gender theory. She has published work on authors including Molly Keane, Maria Edgeworth, Jonathan Swift, Rudyard Kipling, and Colm Tóibín.

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Dr. Michael Davis, Associate Chair

Associate Professor of English
B.A., Yale University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Michael Davis specializes in Victorian and Modern literature with particular interests in sexuality, aesthetics, psychoanalysis, and narrative theory. He is currently completing a book on Walter Pater called “Walter Pater’s ‘Latent Intelligence’ and the Conception of Queer ‘Theory,’” and another book on Virginia Woolf called “Dating Mrs Dalloway: Self-Reflexion, Suicide, and the Ends of Modern Fiction.” He is also interested in contemporary critical and cultural theory.

Office: Reilly Hall 304
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Dr. Matthew Dowell

Assistant Professor of English
Director of Writing
B.A. University of Dayton
M.A., Ph.D. University of Louisville
Office: Reilly Hall 314

Matt Dowell’s research interests include response to student writing, writing center pedagogy, basic writing curriculum, and the circulation of ideologies in writing classrooms. His current research examines the production and reception of response to student writing in three first-year writing classrooms. As Director of Writing, he contributes to writing pedagogy in first-year composition, Core, writing across the discipline, and writing center contexts. He teaches first-year composition, the teaching and tutoring writing practicum, and a class called “Writing in the Real World,” which focuses on workplace, business, and public writing. He earned his B.A. (English and Political Science) from the University of Dayton, and his M.A. (English) and Ph.D. (Rhetoric and Composition) from the University of Louisville. He joined the Le Moyne faculty in 2012.


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Dr. Alan Fischler

Professor of English
A.B., Cornell University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester

In addition to 29 years of teaching literature, journalism, and other communication-related courses, Dr. Alan Fischler's professional background includes work as a magazine editor and as manager of a technical communication department, as well as experience with several newspapers. His research and scholarship are focused on Victorian drama, and his publications include a book on W. S. Gilbert. Dr. Fischler earned his A.B. at Cornell University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. He has taught at Le Moyne since 1988.

Office: Reilly Hall Room 312
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Dr. Julie Grossman

Professor of English
Director, Film Studies Minor
B.A., Connecticut College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia


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Dr. Jennifer Gurley

Associate Professor
McDevitt Co-Chair of Undergraduate Research
B.A. American University
M.A., Ph.D. UC Berkeley

Jennifer Gurley specializes in American literature and American philosophy before 1900 and has secondary research and teaching interests in classics, Shakespeare, and the literature of 19th-century Mexican-American California. She is currently teaching a course organized around the question "Why Do Humans Write?" that is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Enduring Questions Program, and in summer 2013 she will co-direct an NEH Summer Philosophy Institute for High School Teachers at the University of Virginia. Her work has appeared in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, Philosophy and Literature, and elsewhere, and she has written a basic English grammar that revives the art of sentence diagramming. She has two books underway, one on Ralph Waldo Emerson as a religious writer and another on the American Transcendentalist poets.

As McDevitt Co-Chair of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Gurley welcomes inquiries from students interested in pursuing funding for scholarly, creative, and entrepreneurial projects. For more information, visit the Student Research Committee page.

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Dr. Jim Hannan

Associate Professor of English
B.A., Hampshire College,
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Jim Hannan's research interests include contemporary world literature in English and globalization. He has published articles on the Caribbean writers Derek Walcott and Pauline Melville (forthcoming), and is finishing an article on Dionne Brand. His reviews of recent poetry and fiction from the Caribbean, South Africa, and South Asia appear frequently in World Literature Today. He is working on a book called Global Naipaul: Problems in the Production of Global Literature Research trips to South Africa (2007) and India (2008) have enriched his courses at Le Moyne.


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Dr. Elizabeth Hayes

Associate Professor of English
McDevitt Co-chair
Director of Integral Honors Program
M.A., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Dr. Hayes’s research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century American literature, African American literature, women's literature, and magical realism.

Office: Reilly Hall Room 312
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Dr. Patrick Keane

Professor Emeritus of English
B.A., Fordham University
M.A., Ph.D., New York University

Patrick J. Keane, former Francis Fallon Chair, is Professor Emeritus of Le Moyne. His areas of special interest are 19th and 20th-century poetry in the Romantic tradition; Irish literature and history; the interactions of literature with philosophic, religious, and political thought; the impact of Nietzsche on 20th century literature; and transatlantic studies, exploring the influence of German Idealist philosophy and British Romanticism on American writers. In addition to many articles, he has published seven books: William Butler Yeats: Contemporary Studies in Literature (1973), A Wild Civility: Interactions in the Poetry and Thought of Robert Graves (1980), Yeats’s Interactions with Tradition (1987), Terrible Beauty: Yeats, Joyce, Ireland and the Myth of the Devouring Female (1988), Coleridge’s Submerged Politics (1994), Emerson, Romanticism, and Intuitive Reason (2003), and Emily Dickinson’s Approving God: Divine Design and the Problem of Suffering (2008). He is currently publishing personal and literary reminiscences, along with critical essays, in the online literary magazine, Numero Cinq, of which he is also a contributing editor.

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Dr. David Lloyd

Professor of English
Director, Creative Writing Program

B.A., St. Lawrence University
M.F.A., University of Vermont
Ph.D., Brown University

David Lloyd is a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Le Moyne. He holds a B.A. from St. Lawrence University, an M.F.A. from the University of Vermont, an M.A. (Creative Writing, Fiction) from Brown University, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.

His primary teaching interests are in creative writing, modern/contemporary poetry and fiction, and Irish/Welsh studies.

His anthology, The Urgency of Identity: Contemporary English-language Poetry from Wales, was published in 1994 by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, and he publishes poetry, fiction, critical articles, and interviews in journals and anthologies in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Office: Reilly Hall 316
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Dr. Roger Lund

Professor of English
B.A., University of Denver
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Roger D. Lund is Professor of English. He holds a B.A. from the University of Denver, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Teaching interests include 18th century English literature, literature and medicine, and business communication. He is editor of Gulliver's Travels: A Sourceboook (Routledge, 2006), Critical Essays on Daniel Defoe (G.K. Hall, 1997), The Margines of Orthodoxy: Heterodox writing and cultural response 1660-1750 (Cambridge University Press, 1995, paperback edition, 2006), and Restoration and Early-Eighteenth-Century English Literature: A Selected Bibliography of Resource Materials (Modern Language Association, 1980).

Office: Reilly Hall Room 315

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Dr. Mary Maleski

Professor Emerita of English
B.A., Marywood College
M.A., Fordham University
Ph.D., University of Rochester

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Dr. Erin Mullally

Assistant Professor of English
Director, Medieval Studies Minor
B.A., Fordham University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Oregon

Erin Mullally specializes in Old and Middle English literature. She teaches courses on Chaucer, medieval romance and Arthurian legends, and has published essays on Beowulf, the Old English Judith, Lawman's Brut and the Life of St. Wulfstan.

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Dr. Anca Munteanu

Associate Professor of English
Director, Literature Program
M.A., University of Bucharest
Ph.D., University of Nebraska

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Dr. Phillip Novak

Associate Professor of English
Chair, Department of Communication and Film Studies
B.A., University of Colorado
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Phillip Novak is an associate professor in the English department and the director of the film program at Le Moyne. His fields of specialization are 20th and 21st century American literature and culutre, narrative and narrative theory, and film. He has published work on novelists William Faulkner, Toni Morrison and Walter Mosley, on director Roman Polanski, and on the movie musical.

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Dr. Neil Novelli

Professor Emeritus of English
B.S., Suny Fredonia
M.A., Ohio University
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Dr. Novelli's special areas are medieval/renaissance literature, and theater. In addition to publications, he has produced touring Shakespeare productions and reviewed dramatic performances for the Syracuse newspapers.

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Dr. Julie Olin-Ammentorp

Professor of English
B.A., Middlebury College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Julie Olin-Ammentorp specializes in late-19th and early-20th century American fiction. She has published essays on Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Henry James, and is also the author of Edith Wharton's Writings from the Great War (Univ. Press of Florida, 2004). Her teaching and research interests also include American ethnic literatures, women's writing, and the role of place in literature.

Office: Reilly Hall 316

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Linda Pennisi

B.A., Le Moyne College,
M.F.A. Vermont College

Linda Pennisi teaches the creative writing program's introductory level Creative Writing Workshop (ENG/CRW 385) and Advanced Poetry Workshop (ENG/CRW 391). She has published two award-winning collections of poems, Seamless (Perugia Press, 2003) and Suddenly, Fruit (Carolina Wren Press, 2006).  Among her interests are creative writing as it relates to medical care and writing about place.

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Dr. Miles Taylor

Associate Professor of English
B.A., Seattle University
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oregon

Miles Taylor joined Le Moyne College in 2003.  He completed his Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Oregon, writing his doctoral thesis on the renaissance English history play.  Miles earned his B.A. from a sister Jesuit institution, Seattle University.

His research interests include renaissance and contemporary drama.  He has published essays on several Jacobean and Caroline playwrights, including Thomas Dekker, John Ford, and Richard Brome.  He is currently at work on a book-length project that explores metatheatricality (theatrical depictions of theatre) in seventeenth-century English drama.

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Dr. J. Christopher Warner

Professor of English
2013-16 Francis J. Fallon, S.J., Professor

B.A., M.A., Western Washington University
Ph.D., University of Washington

Dr. Warner specializes in the literature of the English Renaissance, with research interests that include the classical tradition in Renaissance verse and the rise of early modern print culture. In addition to introductory courses in critical writing and critical literary analysis, the courses he periodically teaches include Shakespeare, Dante, The Epic, and Medieval and Renaissance British literature.

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