Faculty and Staff
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Peter Balaam teaches and writes on American literature and culture from the colonial period to 1900, with special interest in Emerson and the American novel. He is the author of a book on mourning in the antebellum U.S. literature entitled, in Melville’s phrase, “Misery’s Mathematics.” Degrees: University of California Berkeley, B.A.; Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div.; Princeton University, M.A., Ph.D.
Arnab Chakladar teaches and writes on South Asian literature and film, and postcolonial studies. He has published on the marketing of Indian literature, the novels of Shashi Deshpande, and multilingual publishing and translation on the Web. He is the founder of AnotherSubcontinent.com, an online journal and forum on South Asian society and culture. He is unhealthily obsessed with his dogs. Degrees: Delhi University (Hindu College), BA; University of Southern California, Ph.D."
Nancy Cho teaches and writes on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, Asian American literature, and contemporary multicultural drama. She also offers courses in American studies. Degrees: Yale, B.A.; Michigan (Ann Arbor), M.A., Ph.D.
Adriana Estill teaches courses on U.S. Latino/a literature and twentieth century American literature, especially poetry. She also teaches in the American Studies program. She has published essays on Sandra Cisneros and Ana Castillo and recently contributed to the Gale encyclopedia of Latino/a authors with scholarly entries on Sandra María Esteves and Giannina Braschi. Her interest in popular culture has led to published articles on Mexican telenovelas and their literary origins as well as to current research into the perceptions and constructions of Latina beauty in contemporary Latino literature and the mass media. Degrees: Stanford B.A.; Cornell, M.A., Ph.D.
Pierre Hecker’s areas of teaching interest include Shakespeare; the drama, poetry, and prose of the English Renaissance; drama in performance; visual culture; the history, theory, and criticism of drama and film; screenwriting; and genre fiction. Degrees: Wesleyan, B.A.; Columbia, M.F.A. (Film); Oxford, M.Phil and D.Phil.
Gregory Hewett teaches American literature and creative writing. He has a special interest in poetry and poetics. His third book of poems, The Eros Conspiracy, has recently been published by Coffee House Press. Greg has been a Fulbright Fellow, Fulbright Professor, and a Fellow at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France. Degrees: New York (Binghamton), B.A.; California (Davis), M.A.; New York (Albany), D.A.
Susan Jaret McKinstry teaches courses on Jane Austen, the Victorian novel, Victorian poetry and painting, narrative theory, literary theory, and creative writing. Her current research explores poetry and painting, book illustration, and the book as object in the work of the Pre-Raphaelites. She is the Helen F. Lewis Professor of English. Degrees: Miami (Ohio), B.A., M.A.; Michigan, Ph.D.
Michael Kowalewski teaches courses in American literature and culture. He is a former Director of American Studies and active in the Environmental and Technology Studies (ENTS) program. He is a former president of the Western Literature Association and the author or editor of several books, including Deadly Musings: Violence and Verbal Form in American Fiction (1993), Reading the West: New Essays on the Literature of the American West (1996), and Gold Rush: A Literary Exploration (1997). Degrees: Amherst, B.A.; Rutgers, M.A., Ph.D.
Jessica Leiman teaches and writes on British literature of the long eighteenth century, with particular focus on the novel, life-writing, gender and sexuality, and contemporary print culture. She is currently working on a book on impotence and authorship in eighteenth-century fictional and nonfictional personal histories. Degrees: Williams, B.A.; Yale, M.A., Ph.D.
Elizabeth McKinsey is returning to the classroom, after thirteen years as Dean of the College, and to her "first love" American literature and American Studies. Her scholarship has focused on 19th century American literature, art, and culture; 20th century Southern literature; and issues in liberal education. She taught previously at Harvard University and Bryn Mawr College. Degrees: Harvard-Radcliffe A.B., Harvard Ph.D.
Chair of English
Kofi Owusu writes and teaches courses on African American literature and culture, British literature, and English literatures other than British and U.S. He was the 1998-2010 director of the African/African American Studies program. Professor Owusu holds the B.A. Honors degree from the University of Ghana, the M.Litt. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
George Shuffelton teaches medieval and early modern literature, with a particular focus on Middle English poetry. He has published work on Chaucer, Gower, Langland, and the representation of minstrels in Middle English poetry. His edition of a late medieval household miscellany, Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 61, appeared in 2008 as part of the TEAMS Middle English Text Series. He is currently working on studies of fourteenth and fifteenth-century book owners. Degrees: Harvard, A.B.; Cambridge, M.Phil.; Yale, Ph.D.
Gregory Blake Smith teaches classes in American literature and creative writing. He is the author of three novels, The Madonna of Las Vegas, The Devil in the Dooryard and The Divine Comedy of John Venner, which was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. His short story collection The Law of Miracles won the 2010 Juniper Prize and will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2011. Degrees: Bowdoin, A.B.; Iowa, M.F.A.
Professor of English
Wayne Carver, William H. Laird Professor of Liberal Arts, Emeritus, graduated from Weber Junior College (Ogden, Utah) and Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) and joined the English faculty of Carleton in 1954. At Carleton he was in on the beginning of the teacher certification program, the American Studies Program, and The Carleton Miscellany. He worked on the Miscellany for its first seventeen years. He continues to write and publish ephemera and to teach whenever and wherever he has the chance. Degrees: B.A. Kenyon College
Keith Harrison, an internationally known poet, was a Professor of English and Writer in Residence at Carleton from 1968 to 1996. He taught beginning and advanced Crafts of Writing Poetry and experimental classes in poetry recitation. A recent book, entitled Changes: New and Collected Poems, 1959-2002, was published in 2002 by the Black Willow Press.
James McDonnell specializes in Irish literature, modern criticism and Shakespeare; he has, on a number of occasions, taken a college seminar studying Irish literature in Ireland. Degrees: Cambridge, B.A., M.A.; Washington University (St. Louis), Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in English
Liz Ciner has been at Carleton since 1982, when she was hired to run the Write Place and the writing program and to teach rhetoric. Her major fields of interest in English are American multi-cultural literature and composition. Although she has served as associate dean of the college for over two decades, she continues to read in both areas and supervises independent studies on multicultural autobiography, in selected authors and in rhetoric and composition. Degrees: University of Pennsylvania, BA; MA, University of Washington, MA, PhD.
Senior Lecturer in English
Carol Rutz has directed the College Writing Program since 1997. In addition to teaching at least two writing courses per year, she works closely with faculty to help them employ writing in their courses--whatever the discipline. Recently, she has been active in the Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QuIRK) initiative, which seeks to teach students to use quantitative reasoning in written argument. Her research interests include response to student writing, assessment of writing, and assessment of faculty development. Degrees: Gustavus Adolphus, B.A.; Hamline, M.A.; Minnesota, PhD.
Carolyn Soule is the English Department's Administrative Assistant. Working with her faculty colleagues and her student office assistants and learning new computer programs make her job a pleasure. Building and revising this web site is her current computer project. She also has taught composition and word processing in the Carleton Summer Writing Program. Degrees: Carleton, B.A.; Harvard, M.A.