Department Leadership

The Department of English Leadership Team sets the strategic vision for the administrative and academic facets of the department. The Leadership Team is comprised of the Administrative Committee and the Executive Council which contains the Academic Area Leadership and Administrative Leadership. 

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Krista Ratcliffe

Ratcliffe's research focuses on intersections of rhetoric, feminist theory, and critical race studies.

Ross-Blakley Hall 170E PO Box 871401
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.

Ross-Blakley Hall 163 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.

Ross-Blakley Hall 159 PO Box 871401
Bradley Ryner
Director of Graduate Studies (S23), Associate Professor

Ryner's teaching interests include Shakespeare and Renaissance drama; British literature to 1700; drama as a genre; literary theory and cultural studies.

Ross-Blakley Hall 170C PO Box 871401
Lorinda Liggins
Business Operations Manager
Ross-Blakley Hall 156 PO Box 871401
Linda Sullivan
Associate Director, Academic Services

Linda oversees undergraduate advising and student services for the Department of English. She has three degrees from ASU and has worked here for nearly 25 years.

Ross-Blakley Hall 170A PO Box 871401
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.

Ross-Blakley Hall 355 PO Box 871401
Mark Hannah
Director of Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies; Associate Professor

Mark Hannah's research examines intersections of law, rhetoric, and expertise in complex, multi-disciplinary problem-solving contexts.

Ross-Blakley Hall 165 PO Box 871401
Julia Himberg
Director of Film and Media Studies, Associate Professor

Himberg's research interest include television, digital media, gender, sexuality, queer theory, industry studies, consumer culture, advertising, and market research.

Ross-Blakley Hall 167 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.

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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)

Matthew Prior
Director of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Associate Professor

Prior holds a doctorate in second language acquisition. He teaches courses in applied linguistics, qualitative methods, discourse analysis and pragmatics, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL.

Ross-Blakley Hall 161 PO Box 871401
Christina Saidy
Director of English Education, Associate Professor

Saidy's research focuses on writing and writing transitions with secondary students, teachers in professional development groups, and students entering college.

Ross-Blakley Hall 222 PO Box 871401
Kathleen Hicks
Principal Lecturer, Director of Online Programs
Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) 165
Christine Holbo
Director of Assessment, Associate Professor

Holbo studies American literature from the age of sentiment to the modernist era.

Ross-Blakley Hall 253 PO Box 871401
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.

Ross-Blakley Hall 170G PO Box 871401
Ruby Macksoud
Director of Internships, Instructional Professional
Ross-Blakley Hall 129 PO Box 871401
Bruce Matsunaga
Director of Digital Technology, Associate Research Professional

Matsunaga holds a PhD in English Literature with an emphasis in British Romanticism and Digital Humanities. He is the Director of Digital Technology, Graduate Faculty, and an Academic Professional.

Ross-Blakley Hall 138 PO Box 871401

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