Faculty

**ASU has moved to a new directory service. As a result of this change, these results are from Spring 22.**

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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Name
Expertise
Jessica Early
Associate Chair (Personnel), Professor

Early is a scholar of English education and secondary literacy. She is the director of English education and the Central Arizona Writing Project at ASU.

480-965-0742
Ross-Blakley Hall 163 PO Box 871401
David Hawkes
Professor

Hawkes’ academic specialty is the poetry of John Milton. However, his publications span a variety of fields ranging from Darwinism, zombies and torture to, Chomsky, magic, and McCarthyism.

Ross-Blakley Hall 204 PO Box 871401
Jonathan Hope
Director of Literature, Professor

Hope's work lives at the intersection of language and literature: using techniques from linguistics to explore literary texts, and literary texts as evidence for the linguistic history of English.

480-965-3168
RBHL 355 Arizona State University
Elizabeth Horan
Professor

A dedicated teacher, Horan has published nine books and more than thirty essays on Latin American and U.S. literature at the intersections of letters and biography, gender, digital humanities and literary translation.

480-965-7300
Ross-Blakley Hall 358 PO Box 871401
Tara Ison
Professor

Ison is the author of three novels ("The List," "A Child out of Alcatraz," and "Rockaway"), Ball, a short story collection, and a collection of essays, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies.

Ross-Blakley Hall 216 PO Box 871401
Mitchell Jackson
Professor

Recipient of a 2021 Guggenheim fellowship, Jackson won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing for his article about the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

Kyle Jensen
Director of Writing Programs, Professor

Jensen authored “Reimagining Process: Online Writing Archives and The Future of Writing Studies” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014)

Elenore Long
Professor

Long's scholarship draws on a wide array of rhetorical methods to test the limits and potential of day-to-day democracy under contemporary conditions

480-965-3197
Ross-Blakley Hall 243 PO Box 871401
Aya Matsuda
Associate Chair, Professor

Matsuda is Professor of Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include the use of English as an international language and the pedagogical implications of the global spread of English.

480-965-7504
Ross-Blakley Hall 159 PO Box 871401
Paul Matsuda
Professor

Matsuda's research centers around second language writing, a transdisciplinary field of inquiry that integrate theoretical and methodological insights from both language studies and writing studies.

480-965-6356
Ross-Blakley Hall 153 PO Box 871401
T. McNally
Professor

T. M. McNally is the author of six works of fiction. His most recent book, finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, is a collection of stories—"The Gateway."

480-965-6251
Ross-Blakley Hall 157 PO Box 871401
Richard Newhauser
Professor

Newhauser has a doctorate in English, with an emphasis on Medieval studies. His areas of research interest include the moral tradition in intellectual history and sensory studies (sensology).

480-965-8139
Ross-Blakley Hall 251 PO Box 871401
Shirley Rose
Professor

Shirley Rose's research focuses on writing program administration, archival research methods, and writing across the lifespan. She directed ASU Writing Programs in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2009 to 2019.

480-727-9866
Ross-Blakley Hall 255 PO Box 871401
Claudia Sadowski-Smith
Professor

Sadowski-Smith works in border and migration studies. She has published "The New Immigrant Whiteness: Race, Neoliberalism, and Post-Soviet Migration to the United States," "Border Fictions," and "Globalization on the Line."

480-965-7660
Ross-Blakley Hall 206 PO Box 871401
Bryan Smith
Professor

Smith teaches a wide selection of courses in areas within applied linguistics. His research focuses on computer-assisted language learning.

Ross-Blakley Hall 351 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
Natalie Diaz
Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Associate Professor

Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection was "When My Brother Was an Aztec."

Ross-Blakley Hall 341 PO Box 871401
Ruben Espinosa
Assoc Professor

Espinosa is the associate director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and specializes in Shakespeare and early modern literature.

Sarah Florini
Associate Professor

Florini holds a doctorate in communication and culture from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the intersection of emerging media, Black American cultural production, and racial politics.

Ross-Blakley Hall 247 PO Box 871401
Cora Fox
Associate Professor

Fox's current work focuses on the histories of positive emotions and well-being, as well as the role of fictional and cultural narratives in shaping emotion.

480-965-2482
Ross-Blakley Hall 178 PO Box 871401

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Expertise
hannah benefiel
Grad Teaching Assistant
Linda Bergquist
Instructor
480-965-3535
Ross-Blakley Hall 203AA PO Box 871401
Shavawn Berry
Instructor

Berry's research interests include creative writing, professional and technical writing, editing, and branding/social media. She holds an MPW in Creative Nonfiction and Memoir.

809-653-1686
Ross-Blakley Hall 202AC PO Box 871401
Dan Bivona
Emeritus Professor

Bivona has published three books on 19th and 20th century British literature and culture as well as a co-edited collection and a number of essays.

480-965-2789
Ross-Blakley Hall 212 PO Box 871401
Patrick Bixby
Affiliated Faculty

Bixby's research falls primarily under the heading of Irish studies, but also addresses British modernism, postcolonial theory and criticism, Continental philosophy, and issues of travel, mobility, and the body.

602-543-3010
FAB S329C
Robert Bjork
Foundation Professor

Bjork specializes in Old English language and literature as well as Old Norse, modern Swedish, and modern medical writing. He was educated at Pomona College and UCLA.

480-965-4659
Ross-Blakley Hall 249
James Blasingame
Professor

Blasingame focuses on young adult literature, Indigenous education, secondary writing instruction, preparing pre-service teachers, and cowboy poetry.

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Ross-Blakley Hall 349 PO Box 871401
Thomas Bonfiglio
Instructor

Bonfiglio teaches composition for the Department of English.

480-965-3535
Ross-Blakley Hall 202AA PO Box 871401
Colin Bonini
Grad Teaching Assistant
Jessica Boykin
Instructor
Ross-Blakley Hall 202AA PO Box 871401
David Boyles
Instructor

Boyles specializes in popular culture, digital literacy, visual rhetoric, and the rhetoric of higher education.

Ross-Blakley Hall 205AA PO Box 871401
Christopher Bradley
Senior Lecturer MY

Professor Bradley teaches Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Screenwriting in Film and Media Studies, as well as Hollywood Film History.

Ross-Blakley Hall 328 PO Box 871401
Jacqueline Brady
Instructor
Ross-Blakley Hall 203AB PO Box 871401
Bryan Brayboy
Affiliated Faculty

Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee) is President’s Professor and Senior Advisor to the President at ASU. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a Member of the National Academy

480-965-5327
Daniel Brendza
Emeritus Instructor
480-965-3535
Ross-Blakley Hall 205AB PO Box 871401
Ron Broglio
Professor

Broglio's research focuses on how philosophy and aesthetics can help us rethink the relationship between humans and the environment.

Ross-Blakley Hall Room 178 PO Box 871401
Faculty Associate
Lois Brown
Center Dir & Foundation Professor

Brown is a public historian and a scholar of African American literature and culture.

Center for the Study of Race and Democracy Durham Hall - Office 625
Alana Brussin
Instructor

Brussin is an Instructor teaching composition for the Department of English.

480-965-3535
Ross-Blakley Hall 202AA PO Box 871401

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