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The Department of English faculty is internationally renowned for innovative research and teaching and explores pan-world expression of the English language and its literatures, which span the global yet connect directly to the local. Our active and engaged group of teachers, scholars, and students pursue research in a number of traditional disciplines—such as creative writing, education, film and media studies, linguistics, literature, and rhetoric and composition—and also conduct research and publish work on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary fields—from border studies, digital humanities and material culture to literature and science, sustainability, and women’s studies.

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Expertise
Gabriel Acevedo
Assistant Professor

Acevedo's research focuses on queer young adult literature, pop culture pedagogies, (auto)ethnographical methodologies, and masculinity/machismo in Caribbean/Puerto Rican communities.

480-965-1752
Ross-Blakley Hall Office 122
Heather Ackerman
Instructor

Ackerman teaches composition for the Department of English at ASU

Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Asst Professor

Adams' interests include book history, history of reading, early modern English drama, and premodern critical race and gender studies.

Karen Adams
Professor

Adams research interests are in the study of language in its social and linguistic context. She is the director of English graduate studies.

480-965-3013
Ross-Blakley Hall 156 PO Box 871401
Joni Adamson
President's Professor

Adamson is President's Professor of environmental humanities and Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU.

480-727-3675
Ross-Blakley Hall 210 PO Box 871401
Aaron Agorsor
Graduate Teaching Associate
Danielle Alfandre
Lecturer, Sr

Alfandre has been with ASU since 2012 and leads an annual, faculty-directed study abroad to Costa Rica.

Ross-Blakley Hall 239 PO Box 871401
Nicole Arocho Hernandez
Grad Teaching Assistant
Kira Assad
Program Manager

Kira Assad manages the MTESOL and MAS online graduate programs and assists faculty with requesting and setting up their ASU Online courses in the Department of English.

480-965-7454
Ross-Blakley Hall 124 PO Box 871401
Balbir Backhaus
Instructor
480-965-3535
Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Aaron Baker
Professor
Ross-Blakley Hall 370 PO Box 871401
Demetria Baker
Senior Program Manager
480-965-3853
Ross-Blakley Hall 121 PO Box 871401
Cajsa Baldini
Clinical Associate Professor

Baldini's research interests are concentrated on British and European 19th century literature and culture.

480-965-7755
Ross-Blakley Hall 148 PO Box 871401
Faculty Assoc
Sally Ball
Director of Creative Writing, Professor

Ball is the author of three collections of poems: "Hold Sway," "Wreck Me" and "Annus Mirabilis," all from Barrow Street Press. She's an associate director of Four Way Books.

480-965-5829
Ross-Blakley Hall 355 PO Box 871401
Asst Professor

Barksdale-Shaw's work explores narratives of justice by combining several disciplines including law, literature and medicine.

Shomit Barua
Instructor

Barua is an instructor with the Writing Programs, Barrett Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business.

Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Lee Bebout (he/him/his)
Professor

Bebout has authored two books: "Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies" and "Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the US Racial Imagination in Brown and White."

Ross-Blakley Hall 241 PO Box 871401

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Name
Expertise
Gabriel Acevedo
Assistant Professor

Acevedo's research focuses on queer young adult literature, pop culture pedagogies, (auto)ethnographical methodologies, and masculinity/machismo in Caribbean/Puerto Rican communities.

480-965-1752
Ross-Blakley Hall Office 122
Heather Ackerman
Instructor

Ackerman teaches composition for the Department of English at ASU

Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Asst Professor

Adams' interests include book history, history of reading, early modern English drama, and premodern critical race and gender studies.

Karen Adams
Professor

Adams research interests are in the study of language in its social and linguistic context. She is the director of English graduate studies.

480-965-3013
Ross-Blakley Hall 156 PO Box 871401
Joni Adamson
President's Professor

Adamson is President's Professor of environmental humanities and Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU.

480-727-3675
Ross-Blakley Hall 210 PO Box 871401
Aaron Agorsor
Graduate Teaching Associate
Danielle Alfandre
Lecturer, Sr

Alfandre has been with ASU since 2012 and leads an annual, faculty-directed study abroad to Costa Rica.

Ross-Blakley Hall 239 PO Box 871401
Nicole Arocho Hernandez
Grad Teaching Assistant
Balbir Backhaus
Instructor
480-965-3535
Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Aaron Baker
Professor
Ross-Blakley Hall 370 PO Box 871401
Cajsa Baldini
Clinical Associate Professor

Baldini's research interests are concentrated on British and European 19th century literature and culture.

480-965-7755
Ross-Blakley Hall 148 PO Box 871401
Faculty Assoc
Sally Ball
Director of Creative Writing, Professor

Ball is the author of three collections of poems: "Hold Sway," "Wreck Me" and "Annus Mirabilis," all from Barrow Street Press. She's an associate director of Four Way Books.

480-965-5829
Ross-Blakley Hall 355 PO Box 871401
Asst Professor

Barksdale-Shaw's work explores narratives of justice by combining several disciplines including law, literature and medicine.

Shomit Barua
Instructor

Barua is an instructor with the Writing Programs, Barrett Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business.

Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Lee Bebout (he/him/his)
Professor

Bebout has authored two books: "Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies" and "Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the US Racial Imagination in Brown and White."

Ross-Blakley Hall 241 PO Box 871401
Matt Bell
Associate Professor

Matt Bell’s next novel, Appleseed, is forthcoming from Custom House/William Morrow in 2021. He is the author of seven other books, including the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods.

480-965-1208
Ross-Blakley Hall 214 PO Box 871401
hannah benefiel
Grad Teaching Assistant

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Name
Expertise
Kira Assad
Program Manager

Kira Assad manages the MTESOL and MAS online graduate programs and assists faculty with requesting and setting up their ASU Online courses in the Department of English.

480-965-7454
Ross-Blakley Hall 124 PO Box 871401
Demetria Baker
Senior Program Manager
480-965-3853
Ross-Blakley Hall 121 PO Box 871401
Jocelyn Booker Ohl
Coordinator, Project Humanities
480-727-7030
Discovery Hall 250 E. Lemon St.
Program Manager
480-727-6327
Mollie Connelly-MacNeill
Academic Success Coordinator

Mollie graduated summa cum laude from ASU with both a BA and an MA in English. She has returned to the Department of English as of July 2016 to work as an Academic Success Specialist.

480-965-3168
Ross-Blakley Hall 162 PO Box 871401
Natalie Cortez
Academic Success Advisor

Natalie Cortez is an Academic Success Advisor for the Department of English. Natalie earned her B.A in English with a concentration in Literature and her M.A. in English, both from Arizona State University.

Educational Program Coordinator, Center for Public Humanities
Academic Success Advisor
480-727-3133
Shauna Dranetz
Program Manager

Shauna advises undergraduate students in the Department of English and teaches first year success courses. She has a BA English Literature and BA History from ASU, and an MA English Literature from Colorado State University.

480-965-3168
Ross-Blakley Hall 160 PO Box 871401
Mary Fergus
Academic Success Advisor
Samantha Franze
Academic Success Advisor
480-727-3135
1102 S McAllister Avenue Ross-Blakley Hall
Grant + Contract Officer
Richelle Hubbell-Hudson
Dept HR Manager

Hubbell-Hudson handles the HR fucntions, Payroll reconciliation, Recruitment, DTA, Academic Personnel and Leaves Management for Department of English faculty, staff and students.

480-965-3770
Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL)
LaMonte Key
Program Manager, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
P.O. Box 875402
Mustafa Khaleel
Program Manager, WRL and English Ed
Kristen Larue
Director of Communications, Marketing/Communications Specialist Sr.

LaRue-Sandler manages public relations and outreach for the ASU Department of English. Current responsibilities include strategic communications, event publicity and logistics support, and development and alumni relations.

480-965-7611
Ross-Blakley Hall 170G PO Box 871401
Lorinda Liggins
Business Operations Manager
480-727-3445
Ross-Blakley Hall 156 PO Box 871401
Sheila Luna
Senior Program Manager
480-965-3194
Ross-Blakley Hall 125 PO Box 871401
Ruby Macksoud
Director of Internships, Instructional Professional
480-965-7659
Ross-Blakley Hall 129 PO Box 871401

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