Faculty & Staff

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Nancy Cho
Nancy Cho Profile
Chair of English
Professor of English
Off Campus: Winter 2020 through Spring 2020

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.

Peter Balaam
Peter Balaam Profile
Associate Professor of English

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, April 2014
Arnab Chakladar Profile
Associate Professor of English
Director of Asian Studies
Off Campus: Winter 2020

Arnab Chakladar teaches and writes on South Asian literature and film, and postcolonial studies. He has published on the idea and marketing of Indian literature, the novels of Shashi Deshpande and R.K Narayan, 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 co-parents two dogs and two boys. Degrees: Delhi University (Hindu College), BA; University of Southern California, Ph.D.

Adriana Estill
Adriana Estill Profile
Professor of English and American Studies

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
Pierre Hecker Profile
Associate Professor of English
Off Campus: Winter 2020

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
Gregory Hewett Profile
Professor of English
Off Campus: Spring 2019

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
Susan Jaret McKinstry Profile
Helen F. Lewis Professor of English
Off Campus: Spring 2019

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 Profile
Lloyd McBride Professor of English and Environmental Studies
P.E.A.R. Announcer for Football
Off Campus: Spring 2020

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
Jessica Leiman Profile
Associate Professor of English

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
Elizabeth McKinsey Profile
Maxine H. and Winston R. Wallin Professor of American Studies and English

Elizabeth McKinsey teaches in both English 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 also teaches courses on the Midwest in literature and art, Writing about America & Globalization, and James & Wharton.  She was Dean of the College at Carleton from 1989 to 2002, and taught previously at Harvard University and Bryn Mawr College.  Degrees:  Harvard-Radcliffe A.B., Harvard Ph.D.

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Kofi Owusu Profile
Professor 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.  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.

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Timothy Raylor Profile
Professor of English

Timothy Raylor teaches English literature with a focus on Renaissance poetry and drama, rhetoric, and intellectual history. Degrees: Newcastle upon Tyne, B.A.; Oxford, D.Phil.

George Shuffelton
George Shuffelton Profile
Professor of English

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
Gregory Smith Profile
Lloyd P. Johnson-Norwest Professor of English and the Liberal Arts

Gregory Blake Smith teaches classes in American literature and creative writing. He is the author of four novels, The Maze at Windermere, 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.

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Constance Walker Profile
Professor of English

Constance Walker teaches courses on rhetoric, Romanticism, and Jane Austen. Her current research involves the literary culture of the Austen family. Degrees: Allegheny, B.A.; Pennsylvania, M.A., Ph.D.

Dennis Cass
Dennis Cass ’90 Profile
Visiting Instructor in English
Chris Martin
Chris Martin ’00 Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Emeriti Faculty

Keith Harrison
Keith Harrison Profile
Professor of English & Writer in Residence, Emeritus

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.

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Jim McDonnell Profile
Class of 1941 Professor of English and the Liberal Arts, Emeritus

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.

Frank Morral
Frank Morral Profile
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, Emeritus
Carol Rutz
Carol Rutz Profile
Senior Lecturer in English, Emerita

Carol Rutz directed the College Writing Program from 1997-2017.  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.

Edward Sostek
Edward Sostek Profile
Professor of English and Theater Arts, Emeritus
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Robert Tisdale Profile
Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of English and the Liberal Arts, Emeritus
Elizabeth Ciner
Elizabeth Ciner Profile
Senior Lecturer in English, Emerita
Ruth Weiner
Ruth Weiner Profile
Class of 1944 Professor of English, Theater and the Liberal Arts, Emerita


Meggan Clapp
Meggan Clapp Profile
Administrative Assistant in English
George Cusack
George Cusack Profile
Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
Senior Lecturer in English
Carolyn Nelson
Carolyn Nelson ’63
Visiting Scholar in English