Dr. Michael Antonucci teaches courses in the English Department and American Studies Program. His training in African American literature and culture serves as the foundation for his research on Space, Place and Race in the United States. His scholarship has appeared in African American Review, American Studies Journal, Arkansas Review, Callaloo, COIN, and Obsidian III, as well as in several edited volumes and anthologies. Other recent research projects include a recovery of Frank J. Basloe’s I Grew Up with Basketball published by University of Nebraska Press, in 2012.
Dr. Brinda Charry teaches Shakespeare, intercultural encounters in the 16th and 17th centuries, constructions of race and religious difference in the time period, and fiction writing. She is also interested in “world Englishes” and in post-colonial cultures and literatures, especially writing from the Indian sub-continent, both in English and in translation. She is the author of three books: The Tempest – Language and Writing (2013), The Arden Guide to Renaissance Drama (2017), and Emissaries in Early Modern Literature and Culture , 1500-1700 (co-edited with Gitanjali Shahani) (2009). Dr. Charry has published two novels, The Hottest Day of the Year and Naked in the Wind, and a collection of short-stories, First Love.teaches a range of courses on medieval literature.
Dr. Anna Schur teaches courses in nineteenth-century British and Russian literature and culture, Dickens, Dostoevsky, representations of criminality in Russian and British literature, law and literature. Her recent publications include the book Wages of Evil: Dostoevsky and Punishment (Northwestern University Press, 2012) and articles “‘Maria Ivanovna Was Reclining on a Settee’: Gleb Uspensky’s Search for a New Optics” in the Slavic Review and “Punishment and Crime” in Dostoevsky in Context, eds. Deborah Martinsen and Olga Maiorova. (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Web site
Dr. Mark C. Long teaches courses in American literary and cultural studies, poetry and poetics, the environmental humanities, writing and the teaching of writing, and literary criticism and theory. A fourth-generation Californian, Dr. Long grew up in the north county of San Diego, where he spent his childhood riding waves along the coastline of California and Mexico and as a professional skateboard rider. Following a decade living and working on the Eastern slope of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains—as a professional athlete, teacher, amateur naturalist, and mountaineer—Dr. Long received a BA from Ithaca College and an MA and PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Long’s most recent publication is Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. You can learn more about his professional work at The Far Field as well as his classroom and student work at The Far Field Learning Lab
Dr. Meriem Pagès teaches a range of courses on medieval literature, including Chaucer, Medieval literature, history, and iconography, Medieval and modern images of Islam, Nineteenth- and twentieth-century medievalism, and Irish literature. She specializes in the image of Islam in medieval Europe, the depiction of women in medieval literature, and the representation of the Middle Ages in popular culture, and pedagogy.
Dr. Christopher Parsons teaches courses on the methods of teaching English in secondary schools, descriptive grammar, and field instruction for teacher candidates. His research interests include critical literacy studies, English language ideologies, critical gender / masculinities studies, composition practice and theory. Dr. Parsons is a co-author of Textual Complexity: Supporting Student Readers and was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Laurel School for Girls Symposium. Prior to doctoral study, Chris taught high school English in North Las Vegas, NV.
Dr. Emily Robins Sharpe current research focuses on international and multi-ethnic depictions of the Spanish Civil War. Courses emphasize transnational Anglophone modernism, postcolonial and cosmopolitan theory, Jewish literatures, gender and sexuality, and the digital humanities. Web site
Dr. Kirsti Sandy currently serves as Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. She teaches courses in creative nonfiction, memoir writing, and grammar/style. Her essay collection, She Lived and the Other Girls Died, was awarded the Bauhan Press Monadnock Essay Collection Prize for 2017 and will be published in Fall 2018. Her essay “I Have Come for What Belongs to Me” won the Northern New England Review’s Raven Nonfiction Prize for 2017. Two of her pieces, “Man on the Floor” and “I Have Come for What Belongs to Me” have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. And “Voodoo Economics” was nominated for a 2013 Best of the Net Award by the editors of the Boiler magazine. Web site
Dr. William Stroup has taught in the English Department since 2000. He teaches a range of courses, including his area of scholarly focus in the British Romantic period, as well as Victorian literature and a broadly comparative approach to traditions of environmental literature from the ancient world to our contemporary climate crisis. He grew up in Lansing, Michigan where he learned from excellent teachers in the public schools, then went to the University of Michigan where he fell in love with contemporary poetry. Reading the writers who inspired his new favorites led him back to the Romantic period, and the teaching and study of the Wordsworths, the Shelleys, Jane Austen, and John Keats remain a continuous thread in his teaching and scholarship. His PhD is from the University of New Hampshire, and his most recent published works connect literature and visual arts in the volume Wordsworth and the Green Romantics (UPNE, 2016) and Romanticism and Childhood in the volume Romantic Sustainability: Endurance and the Natural World, 1780-1830 (Lexington, 2016). He is an active member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment as well as scholarly groups dedicated to the study of Romantic literature, and regularly serves as a judge in “Poetry Out Loud” competitions. In the Keene community he serves as a Thayer Trustee of the Keene Public Library, as the College’s liaison to the Horatio Colony House Museum and Nature Preserve, and with his family is a dedicated member of the “Salamander Crossing Brigades” organized by the Harris Center each spring to help breeding amphibians whose site fidelity to vernal pools takes them across new and busy roads.
Dr. Katherine Tirabassi is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing. She teaches creative nonfiction, professional writing, the training program for new Center for Writing tutors, and she coordinates the writing/publishing internship for English majors and writing minors. She has published articles on archival research, composition pedagogy, writing center theory/practice, and sixteenth-century French writer and editor Marie de Gournay, and she has co-written a book on civic engagement with Dr. Darrell Hucks and Dr. Tanya Sturtz. Dr. Tirabassi earned her PhD at the University of New Hampshire in 2007.
Jeff Friedman (MFA Creative Writing): teaches poetry writing, creative writing, contemporary poetry, contemporary Jewish poetry, fabulism, prose poetry, and flash fiction. He has published six poetry collections, five with Carnegie Mellon University Press, including Pretenders (2014), Working in Flour (2011) and Black Threads (2008). His poems, mini stories and translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, New England Review, The Antioch Review, Poetry International, Hotel Amerika, Flash Fiction Funny, Plume, Agni Online, The New Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poets, Smokelong Quarterly, and The New Republic and many other literary magazines. Friedman’s seventh book, Floating Tales—a collection of prose poems, fables and mini tales—is forthcoming from Plume Editions/MadHat Press in fall 2017.Web site