Faculty & Staff

Current Faculty

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Lydia Joy Allison

Asst Professor - Visiting, English



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Kirsten Ellinor Andersen

Assoc Professor - Educator, English



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Lora L Anderson

Area Director for Rhetoric & Professional Writing, English



Before coming to UC in 2011, I worked for 15 years as a professional writer and editor. I hold MAs in professional writing as well as anthropology, and I received my PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University. 
My research focuses on the phenomenology of the lived body and issues of identity and agency in the rhetoric of health and medicine, particularly in chronic illness and end-of-life practices.
My book, Living Chronic: Agency and Expertise in Diabetes Rhetoric, was published by The Ohio State University Press in 2017, and I’ve been published in journals that include Rhetoric of Health and MedicineTechnical Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. I am also the co-editor of the journal Programmatic Perspectives. 
I teach classes in creating accessible contact, science and health writing, and editing. 
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Chris Bachelder

Professor, Director of Creative Writing, English



Chris Bachelder is the author of four novels, including The Throwback Special, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Paris Review's Terry Southern Prize. Dayswork, a novel written collaboratively with Jennifer Habel, was published in 2023. Bachelder has taught fiction writing at UC since 2011.
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Lisa L J Beckelhimer

Professor Educator, English



Lisa Beckelhimer teaches Composition, Intro. to Copyediting & Publishing, and the capstone research course for the Interdisciplinary Studies program; she is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Dept. of English. Prior to teaching, Lisa was a professional writer and editor in marketing and public relations. Prof. Beckelhimer's professional interests include distance learning and service-learning pedagogy. Her articles on teaching writing online and integrating social justice into service-learning frameworks have been published in journals such as English Journal, CEA Forum, and The Ohio Journal of English Language Arts. Lisa is also interested in the intersections of social expectations and popular culture. She has written book chapters and articles and presented at conferences on heteronormalizing queerness in Hallmark Christmas movies, the impact of the pandemic on digital sports fandoms, the role of parents on The Bachelor/Bachelorette, morality and religion in Hallmark Channel programming, social justice movements in the NFL and NBA, and sexuality and gender roles on Dancing with the Stars. 
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Alecia Dean Beymer

Asst Professor - Educator, English



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Rebecca S. Borah

Associate Professor, English


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RJ Boutelle

Asst Professor, English



RJ Boutelle is assistant professor of English, affiliate faculty in Africana Studies, affiliate faculty in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the author of The Race for America: Black Internationalism in the Age of Manifest Destiny (UNC Press, 2023). He teaches courses on African American literature and 19th-century US literature.
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Beverly Brannan

Educator Assistant Professor, English



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Tyler Branson

Dual Enrollment Coordinator, English



I am a college professor who researches issues in education policy, higher education administration, and writing programs. My book Policy Regimes: College Writing and Public Education Policy in the United States, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2022. I love helping students bridge the divide between secondary and postsecondary learning, as well as working with teachers of all stripes.
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Morgan Elizabeth Buchs

Asst Professor - Educator, English



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Christopher Campagna

Assoc Professor - Educator, English



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Julia S. Carlson

Associate Professor, English



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Christopher Carter

Professor, English



Christopher Carter is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches courses in writing theory, activist rhetoric, and visual culture. He is author of four single-authored books, two collaborative books, and he is previous editor of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor. His latest work, Composing Legacies: Testimonial Rhetoric in Nineteenth-Century Composition was published by Peter Lang in 2021. His essays have appeared in Works and Days, JAC, College English, and Rhetoric Review, and he has written chapters for Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers as well as Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race and Identity, Knowledge. He has also directed the Composition Program at UC and served as Divisional Dean of Humanities.
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Dora C Cheng

Assoc Professor - Educator, English



Dora Cheng is an Associate Professor Educator in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing program. Her research interests include academic literacies, second language writing, writer identity, and writing pedagogy. Her recent research draws on socio-cultural perspectives and discourse socialization frameworks to examine multilingual students’ writing development and writer identity as they transition from general writing courses to writing in the disciplines. Dr. Cheng teaches courses in cross-cultural communication, technical and scientific writing, and writing for international audiences.
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Teresa F. Cook

Educator Assistant Professor, English



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Frank A Davis

Associate Professor, English

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Jennifer Glaser

Associate Professor and Head of Department, English



Jennifer Glaser received her B.A. in English from Columbia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century American literature, comparative ethnicity, diasporic and transnational studies, Jewish studies, gender and sexuality, digital humanities, disability studies, and comics and the graphic novel. Her book, Borrowed Voices: Writing and Racial Ventriloquism in the Jewish American Imagination, is was published by Rutgers University Press in 2016. She publishes work on  race, Jewish studies, viusal culture and disability studies. She is currently finishing a scholarly book on Jews, disability, and modernity. In addition to her scholarly work, she writes essays, short fiction, and cultural criticism, and is working to expand one of her published narrative non-fiction pieces into a full-length manuscript on mourning and technology. She has published or has publications forthcoming in venues such as PMLA, MELUS, Safundi, American Literature, ImageText, Images, Prooftexts, Early American Literature, the LA Review of Books, the New York Times, the Faster Times, the Forward, the UK Telegraph, and an anthology of personal essays from Random House.
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Michele Griegel-McCord

Interim Director of English Composition, English


My area of teaching concentration is English Composition and am currently serving as the Associate Director of the English Composition program.  My pedagogical, service, and scholarly interests include online teaching and learning, writing program administration, multi-modal literacies and composing, and cultural rhetorics. I was the 2004 recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Adjunct Performance, a 2012 recipient of our department's Boyce Award for Teaching Excellence Award, and was named an E-learning Champion in 2016. 
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Michael Griffith

Professor, English



Michael Griffith's books of fiction are Spikes (Arcade, 2001), Bibliophilia (Arcade, 2003), and Trophy (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2011), which was named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books for that year. His book of nonfiction, The Speaking Stone: Stories Cemeteries Tell, appeared from the University of Cincinnati Press in 2021. He is working on a novel tentatively called Grimster & the Cruciverbalist.

Griffith's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Southern Review, Ninth Letter, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, New England Review, Five Points, Oxford American, Pleiades, Salmagundi, Golf World, Shenandoah, and many other periodicals, and his puzzles--crosswords, acrostics, and hink pinks--have appeared in The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, and in other places. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center (2007-08), the National Endowment for the Arts (2004), the Sewanee Writers' Conference (2001), the Louisiana Division of the Arts (2001), and others. Griffith was founding editor of the Yellow Shoe Fiction series for Louisiana State University Press (2005-2021) and Fiction Editor of Cincinnati Review. Griffith was the recipient in 2005 of the English Department's Boyce Award for Outstanding Teaching, and in 2012 he was awarded UC's university-wide Doctoral Mentoring Award. Since 2013 he has been a Fellow of the Graduate School.
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Elijah Alexander Guerra

Asst Professor - Educator, English



My teaching in the composition and rhetoric classroom focuses on the ideas that writing is a process, writing takes practice, and writing happens in community. My comp/rhet pedagogy is project-based and student-centered. My scholarly interests include composition studies, writing pedagogy, and multimodal literacies.
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Allison E. Hammond

Associate Professor, Educator, English



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Shannon Rose Coogan Hautman

Instructor - Educator, English



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Tamar Heller

Associate Professor, English



Tamar Heller teaches Victorian literature, with an emphasis on gender issues and on the genres of Gothic and sensation fiction; she also teaches a large-enrollment class on the Harry Potter novels. The author of Dead Secrets: Wilkie Collins and the Female Gothic (1992), she has co-edited two essay collections: Approaches to Teaching Gothic Fiction: The British and American Traditions (MLA, 2003) and Scenes of the Apple: Food and the Female Body in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Women’s Writing (SUNY, 2003). The editor of Rhoda Broughton’s 1867 sensation novel Cometh Up as a Flower for Pickering and Chatto’s Varieties of Women’s Sensation Fiction series (2004), she is currently preparing an edition of Broughton’s Not Wisely but Too Well for Valancourt Press, and is working on a book-length study of Broughton’s fiction entitled A Plot of Her Own: Rhoda Broughton and English Fiction.
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Michael S. Hennessey

Educator Instructor, English



Michael S. Hennessey is the editor of PennSound (a web archive of more than 22,000 poetry recordings, boasting more than 25 million annual downloads) and Jacket2 (archives and continues the mission of John Tranter's Jacket Magazine, one of the web's first and best venues for poetry and poetics), as well as the faculty advisor for Short Vine, UC's undergraduate literary journal.

Recent scholarly publications include essays on Charles Bernstein's "1-100" (in English Studies in Canada's special "Sound and Event" issue, for which he also served as audio editor) and Ted Berrigan and Harris Schiff's Yo-Yo's with Money (in Inverval[le]s) as well as forthcoming pieces in The Journal of Electronic Publishing and Jacket2, along with book chapters in Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies (Routledge, 2011) and The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein (Salt Publishing, 2011). 

His poetry has appeared in Jacket, EOAGH, Cross Cultural Poetics, Elective Affinities and Horse Less Review, as well as in the chapbooks Last Days in the Bomb Shelter (17 Narrower Poems) (2008) and [ static ] (2009).  You can listen to several archived readings on his PennSound author page.
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Lisa M Hogeland

Associate Professor, English and WGSS, English



Lisa Maria Hogeland holds a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. She previously served as Acting Director and Acting Associate/Graduate Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and now holds a joint appointment in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature and Women's Studies. She is the author of Feminism and Its Fictions: The Consciousness-Raising Novel and the Women's Liberation Movement. She is co-General Editor of The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume I: 17th through 19th Centuries, and of the forthcoming Volume II: 20th Century. She is working on a book on American women’s sentimental novels and their relevance to contemporary fiction. An award winning teacher, she prepares graduate students to teach the undergraduate Introduction to Women’s Studies and serves on M.A. committees, teaches such core graduate courses as Feminist Theory: Current Issues, and offers such cross-listed English/Women’s Studies courses as American Women Writers and Feminist Literary Criticism.
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Michelle A Holley

Educator Assistant Professor, English



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Joanna Seung Ah Huh

Asst Professor, English



Joanna Huh is an Assistant Professor of early modern literature and culture and an affiliate faculty member of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She received her dual B.A. in English and Biology from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, where her dissertation earned the Robert Manson Myers Award for best dissertation in English in 2020. Her work and teaching focus on early modern English drama, queer and anti-racist approaches to Shakespeare, and (early) modern theories of community and selfhood.
Her current project, Damaging Intimacy: Reimagining Communities in Shakespeare and Marlowe, explores the portrayal, in Renaissance texts as well as in early modern and current political theory, of how radical risk-taking and vulnerability can form the basis for community. Damaging Intimacy works to disrupt the narrative that as the subject becomes more modern, the subject becomes more bounded and then joins a community in order to protect those bounds. As an alternative, she envisions communities that are dependent on selves willing to embrace experiences, both costly and pleasurable, offered by unprotected existence. At a juncture consumed with security, protection, and boundaries, her work rethinks radical ways of being and belonging that reimagines new visions of how to ethically share life with others.
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Ronald Hundemer

Educator Associate Professor, English



I have been teaching all levels for over 42 years, and, in my next life, I plan to continue teaching. I am pursuing an additional doctorate in Administration and Curriculum/Instruction. Upon my retirement from the University of Cincinnati, I plan to re-enter the public/Catholic system as an administrator.

“And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.”
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Bob Newton Hyland

Associate Professor Educator, English



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Kristen Iversen

Professor, English



Kristen Iversen holds a Ph.D in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver (1996). She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literary nonfiction and fiction, and also serves as Literary Nonfiction Editor of The Cincinnati Review and faculty editor of the undergraduate journal Short Vine. Her work includes the books Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats (2012, paperback/audio 2013; selected by universities around the country for their First Year Experience/Common Read programs); Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth (1999, third edition 2018)Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction (2004); and two edited anthologies, Doom with a View (2020) and Don’t Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen (2020). Essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The American Scholar, Fourth Genre, Beloit Fiction Journal, and others. Several documentaries have been based on her work, including a new documentary Full Body Burden (forthcoming 2023) and an option for a tv series. In 2020-2021, she was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar for the University of Bergen, Norway (temporarily postponed due to Covid). Forthcoming books are Friend and Faithful Stranger: Nikola Tesla in the Gilded Age and Wide and Generous World: New and Published Essays. See www.kristeniversen.com
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Mariah Kemp

Asst Professor - Educator (F2), English



Mariah Kemp has been teaching college writing and public speaking since 2015, but joined the Professional Writing track at UC in 2023. She received both her MA in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication and her PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from Iowa State University. While her research and scholastic interests have prioritized identity, belonging, and marginality, she is looking forward to expanding her interests to include the rhetoric of cookbooks and their design, as well as rural sign design.
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Aaron Michael Kerley

Educator Instructor, English


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Christina Marie LaVecchia

Asst Professor, English

Christina M. LaVecchia is Assistant Professor of English and faculty in discipine-based education research (DBER). Her research spans multiple disciplines. In rhetoric and composition, her work focuses on contemporary composing theories, writing pedagogies (with particular interest in at-risk student populations), invention, digital literacies, and professional practices. Currently she is co-editing a volume on revision practices (Revising Moves: Writing Stories of (Re)Making, Utah State University Press) in which contributors tell stories about revising and its impacts on thier work, identities, and everyday lives. Her published work in rhetoric and composition appears in College EnglishComposition ForumPeitho, and JAEPL, among others.

She is a former Research Fellow and current Research Collaborator in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research (KER) Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There she uses her training rhetoric and writing to researched patient-clinician communication and care (shared decision-making) that is individualized to meet patients’ values and preferences and fits their lives. Her collaborations appear in Patient Education and Counseling, Health ExpectationsBMJ Open, and Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality, & Outcomes. She also has several works in progress with KER, most notably a study on patients’ experiences with contested, medically unexplained illnesses and conditions, an experience she terms undercared-for chronic suffering. While at Mayo Clinic she has also taught a workshop series on scientific writing to biomedical sciences postdocs and graduate students.

From 2019 to 2021 she supported faculty and programs from across disciplines with writing pedagogy as the founding Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program and Assistant Professor of English at Neumann University in Aston, PA.

In 2012 she was the UC English department’s William C. Boyce Excellence in Teaching Award recipient and is the UC College of Arts and Sciences 2014 recipient of a university-wide teaching award.

For more on her research and teaching, visit her website: http://www.christinamlavecchia.org
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Mary Leech

Educator Assistant Professor, English



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Rebecca K Lindenberg

Area Director of Creative Writing, Assistant Professor, English


Rebecca Lindenberg is a poet, essayist, translator, and literary editor.  She is the author of Love, an Index (McSweeney's) and The Logan Notebooks (Mountain West Poetry Series), winner of the 2015 Utah Book Award. Her third poetry collection, Our Splendid Failure to Do the Impossible, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in Fall 2024. Her work also appears in many national magazines and literary journals including POETRY, The Believer, McSweeney's Quarterly, American Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Seneca Review, Iowa Review, and many more.  She is the recipient of several grants and awards including an Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Grant, a seven-month fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and residencies at the MacDowell Arts Colony, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and elsewhere.  In addition to her work as a writer, she is the Poetry Editor of the Cincinnati Review.  
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Sharrell D Luckett

Professor, English



Sharrell D. Luckett, PhD, is a Charles P. Taft Distinguished Professor of Drama and Performance Studies and the Director of the Helen Weinberger Center for Drama & Playwriting. You can learn more about her dynamic career at www.sdluckett.com and www.BlackActingMethods.com.
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Aditi P Machado

Assoc Professor, English



I am a poet, translator, and scholar whose work draws on translation and transnational literatures; experimental writing methods; historical prosodies and theories of the sentence. While I read across time periods, my research tends to focus on twentieth- and twenty-first century US and transnational poetries with particular emphases on global avant-gardes; the poetry of philosophy; literatures of migration and displacement; ecocriticism; serial/longform poetics; literatures of witness and documentary poetics; and the haptic.


Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Cincinnati, 2023-
          Affiliate Faculty, Department of Romance and Arabic Languages & LIteratures, 2020-
Assisant Professor, Department of English, University of Cincinnati, 2020-2023
Visiting Writer-in-Residence, Department of English, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2018-2020


PhD, University of Denver, 2019
MFA, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2012 


Emporium. Nightboat Books, 2020. James Laughlin Award 2019 from the Academy of American Poets. 
          Emporio. Slimbook Editorial [Argentina], 2022. (translation into Spanish by Guadalupe Alfaro and Tomás Fadel)
Some Beheadings. Nightboat Books, 2017. The Believer Poetry Award 2018.
Prosopopoeia by Farid Tali. Action Books, 2016. (novel translated from the French)


now. Sputnik & Fizzle, 2022. (poetry)
The End. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020. (essay)
Rhapsody. Albion Books, 2020. (poetry)
Prologue | EmporiumGarden-Door Press, 2018. (poetry)
This TouchBelladonna*, 2018. (essay)
Route: Marienbad. Further Other Book Works, 2016. (poetry)
The Robing of the BrideDzanc Books, 2013. The Collagist Chapbook Contest, 2012. (poetry)

Selected journal publications are listed on my personal website.
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Laura R. Micciche

Area Director of Rhetoric and Composition, Professor, English



Laura R. Micciche teaches a wide variety of writing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as interdisciplinary workshops for faculty and students. Her research focuses on the collaborative, material realities that encompass writing, teaching, administrative, and editorial practices. She has published two monographs and three edited collections on writing-related themes: revision, writing pedagogy, collaboration and materiality, and rhetorics of emotion. In addition, she has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, many with collaborators, demonstrating her commitment to shared authorship. She has served in a variety of administrative roles while at UC, including Director of Composition, Assistant Director of Composition, Area Director of the Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Program, and Co-Director of the Copyediting & Publishing Certificate program. For six years, she served as editor of Composition Studies, an independent journal in rhetoric and composition, and is currently co-editor, with Chris Carter, of the WPA Book Series for Parlor Press. See complete CV for more info.
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Maia Emeraude Morgan

Asst Professor - Visiting, English



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Samantha Hope NeCamp

Composition Director, Assistant Professor, English



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Carolyn Kelley Patterson

Asst Professor - Visiting, English

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Michael Christopher Peterson

Asst Professor - Research, English


(513) 556-5924

Michael C. Peterson curently serves as the Curator of the George Elliston Poetry Room and Archive, located in Langsam Library on the Uptown Campus. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Vermont Studio Center, the Kenyon Summer Writer's Institute, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His poems have appeared in journals such as the Boston Review Online, Kenyon Review Online, Southern Review, Blackbird, Fence, Bat City Review, Laurel Review, american letters & commentary, New American Writing, and in the anthologies They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (eds. Muench, Simone and Dean Rader; Black Lawrence Press, 2018) and Of Rivers: Poems After Langston Hughes (eds. Brown, Jericho and Sandra Lim, et al; Southern Humanities Review, 2015). He's been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, The Berkshire Prize, and Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Since 2021 he has been working on an edition of poems by Black American poet Tom Postell, forthcoming under the title Tom Postell: On the Life and Work of an Unsung Master (Pleiades Press/Unsung Masters, forthcoming 2024).

Research interests include twentieth century avant garde poetries, postwar mimeograph and print culture, lyric acoustics and psychoacoustics, alignments of audio technologies, recording techniques, and lyric innovation in the twentieth century, archival praxis, participatory curation, and oral history.
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Katie Wilson Powell

Asst Professor - Educator, English



I am an Assistant Professor Educator in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing Program. I received my Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Arkansas, where I had the privilege to confront community history as part of an interracial community group. My research interests, therefore, include storying and narrativization as they work with instances and genres of technical communication and in my own and my students' lives. I draw from public memory, racial reconciliation, and feminist approaches in my work with communities, my scholarship, and my teaching. I teach courses in social media and social justice, technical and scientific writing, and courses that engage with community partners!
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Cheli M Reutter

Associate Professor, Educator, English



My specializations are African American literature and medical humanities.  Many of my courses include a service learning component and community engagement.
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Cynthia Ris

Interim Head, Department of English, English



Cynthia Nitz Ris, Professor Educator in the Department of English and Comparative Language, teaches primarily in the field of Composition Studies. Her scholarship and coursework are in the areas of first-year experience, online education, legal rhetoric, and the rhetoric of civil discourse. Service interests focus on promotion of shared governance through work on the University Faculty Senate and the UC AAUP Chapter, and on eLearning through work on unit and university-level IT-related committees. Her composition reader, Law and Order, provides insight into the breadth and complexity of law and the usefulness of studying its rhetorical complexity; readings include law-related and legal texts including a closing argument in the murder trial of Medgar Evers, legal briefs on federal case considering music piracy, and Supreme Court oral arguments on free speech in educational settings. Conference presentations include best practices in online teaching, structural equity within universities, and the use of legal issues and popular culture in composition pedagogy to foster understanding and analysis of complex civic issues.
Select Disciplinary Publications
Griegel-McCord, Michele, Cynthia Ris, and Lisa Beckelhimer, “Lessons Learned: Navigating Online Teaching and Learning in English Studies.” Eds. Susan Spangler and Will Banks, English Studies Online: Programs, Practices, Possibilities. Parlor Press, 2021. 

Malek, Joyce, Cynthia Ris, Catherine O’Shea, and Christina LaVecchia, Eds. Student Guide to English Composition, 1001, 2012-2014. Hayden McNeil, 2012
Ris, Cynthia. Law and Order, A Longman Topics Reader. Longman/Pearson Publishers.  Oct. 2012
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Leah Rubinsky

Asst Professor - Educator, English



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Simone Nicole Savannah

Asst Professor - Visiting (F6), English



Simone Savannah, Ph.D. is a Black feminist writer and teacher born and raised in Columbus Ohio. She is the author of Uses of My Body (Barrow Street 2020) and Like Kansas (Big Lucks 2018). She is the winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Book Prize chosen by Jericho Brown.
Her work has been published in Apogee, The Fem, Powder Keg, GlitterMob, Shade Journal, BreakBeat Poets, and several other journals and anthologies. She earned her M.Ed and B.A. from Ohio University. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. 

Simone is also a certified personal trainer. 
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James A Schiff

Professor, English



Born and raised in Cincinnati, Jim Schiff received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. He is the author or editor of five books on contemporary American fiction, including John Updike Revisited, Understanding Reynolds PriceUpdike's Version: Rewriting The Scarlet Letter, and Updike in Cincinnati. He was named by the John H. Updike Literary Trust to edit a volume of Updike's letters, which will be published in 2022. His essays and interviews have appeared in American Literature, Critique, Missouri Review, Southern Review, South Atlantic Review, Studies in American Fiction, Tin House, and elsewhere. He reviews books for newspapers, magazines and journals, and serves as the editor of the John Updike Review as well as a consulting editor of Critique and Philip Roth Studies. He has served on various boards, including the Duke University Trinity Board of Visitors, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, The Seven Hills School, the Community Learning Center Institute (CLCI), WCET-TV, and the Mercantile Library.
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Leah Stewart

Professor, English



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Laverne Summerlin

Professor, English



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Jay Twomey

Professor, English



Primary areas of interest include the (literary/theoretical/cultural/political) reception of biblical texts.  He is the author two books, The Pastoral Epistles Through the Centuries (2009) and 2 Corinthians: Crisis and Conflict (2013), and the co-editor of Borges and the Bible (2015).  His current work focuses on St. Paul in and around recent American cultural and political contexts.  He teaches courses on the Bible and literature, and the Bible in literary theory.
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Gary Lee Vaughn

Associate Professor, English



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Gary Weissman

Undergraduate Director of Film and Media Studies • School of Communication, Film, and Media Studies, English



Gary Weissman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literary studies (e.g., Ways of Reading Literature; Theories of Authorship; Theorizing the Short Story), film studies (e.g., Horror Films; History of Animation; Introduction to Film Theory), and critical theory (Introduction to Critical Theory; Narrative Theory). He is an associate professor of English, an associate professor in the School of Communication, Film, and Media Studies, and an affiliate faculty member of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of Fantasies of Witnessing: Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust (Cornell University Press, 2004), which examines contestation between scholars, survivors, and filmmakers over which representations of the Holocaust get it "right"; and The Writer in the Well: On Misreading and Rewriting Literature (The Ohio State University Press, 2016), which examines literary interpretation as a collaborative, writing-based practice by exploring student responses to a single short story; and articles and book chapters on Holocaust scholarship, literature, film, and photography, as well as articles on literary analysis and pedagogy.
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Laura Wilson

Professor - Educator, English



I'm both the Director of Undergraduate Studies for English and a Professor in the English: Rhetoric and Professional Writing (RPW) track. I prepare students for writing in their chosen fields. I teach courses in social media, web authoring, multimedia writing, technical and scientific writing, as well as the introductory and capstone courses for the RPW track. Students will experience projects focused on client-based needs and leave my classroom with an idea of how they'll apply the skills they learned to their future careers. These skills include writing in a myriad of genres, document design, website development, social media management, and project management.
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Felicia Marie Zamora

Assoc Professor, English



Felicia Zamora (she/her) is a poet, educator, and editor. She is the author of six full-length poetry collections and two chapbooks including, Quotient (Tinderbox Editions, 2022), I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize (University of Iowa Press, 2021) and the 2022 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, Body of Render, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award (Red Hen Press, 2020), Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press),and Of Form & Gather, winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press). She’s received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, and Tin House. She won the 2022 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize from The Georgia Review, the 2020 C.P. Cavafy Prize from Poetry International, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and a 2022 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2022, Boston Review, Georgia Review, Guernica, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, Orion, Poetry Magazine, The Nation, West Branch, and others. She is an associate professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and poetry editor for the Colorado Review.


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Beth S. Ash

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Michael Atkinson

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Yashdip S Bains

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Don Bogen

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John G Bryan

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Philip Terry Clayton

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Sharon G Dean

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Russel K Durst

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Billie Dziech


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Grace A. Epstein

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James M Hall

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Wayne E. Hall


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Nancy Harvey

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Patricia J. Houston

Educator Associate Professor

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Jon Christopher Hughes


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Lowanne Elizabeth Jones

Associate Professor Emerita & Former Head, Romance Languages & Literatures; Former Director, School for World Languages & Cultures


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Leland S. Person

Professor of English

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Maria Romagnoli

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