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Experts List for Media Inquiries

The following is a list of faculty and staff in the Department of English who are easily reachable and willing to serve as experts for purposes of media inquiry. If you seek information about a topic not covered here, please contact the department’s Communications Director Kristen LaRue (480-965-7611) for more information or to reach another member of the faculty not listed here.

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Area(s) of Expertise

Joni Adamson

President's Professor, Environmental Humanities, Department of English

Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Director, Environmental Humanities Initiative, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Inaugural Affiliate, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

Affiliate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


  • Environmental literature and film

  • Climate fiction

  • Climate change

  • Sonoran Desert cultures, literatures and ethnobotany

  • Desert cities and urban humanities

  • Global Indigenous literatures and scientific literacies

  • Stories plants tell

  • Environmental justice movements

  • Food justice/sovereignty

Sally Ball

Professor / Director, Creative Writing, Department of English

Associate Director, Four Way Books (New York City)

sally.ball@asu.edu (pref)

  • Contemporary American poetry (from the avant to the more mainstream)

  • Literary publishing, editing

Lee Bebout

Professor, Department of English

Affiliate Faculty, School of Transborder Studies

Affiliate Faculty, Program in American Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies


  • Race

  • Immigration

  • White supremacy

  • Mexican American literature and culture

James Blasingame

Professor, Department of English

Affiliate Faculty, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Executive Director, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN)


  • Young adult literature

  • Teacher training

  • Indigenous education

  • Secondary writing instruction

  • Cowboy poetry

  • Viennese waltz (dancer)

Ron Broglio

Professor, Department of English

Director, Desert Humanities Initiative, Institute for Humanities Research

Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


  • Animals and culture

  • History of agriculture 1700-present

  • History of livestock 1700-present

  • Continental philosophy from Kant to the present

Jessica Early

Professor / Associate Chair, Personnel, Department of English

Director, Central Arizona Writing Project


  • Secondary (grades 6-12) writing instruction

  • English education

  • College and career-ready writing

  • Professional development

  • Teaching of secondary (grades 6-12) writing

Ed Finn

Associate Professor, Arts, Media and Engineering / Department of English

Director, Center for Science and the Imagination

Affilate Faculty, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes

Affiliate Faculty, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

Affiliate Faculty, Human & Social Dimensions of Science & Technology

Affiliate Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College


  • Contemporary fiction

  • Digital culture

  • Science fiction

  • Imagination

  • Creativity

  • Understanding the imagination

  • Using storytelling to change how we think about the future

  • Future of the book

  • The modern myth of Frankenstein and its relationship to creativity and responsibility 

Sarah Florini

Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of English

Affiliated Faculty, Social Technologies / Critical Data Studies

Affiliated Faculty, The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics


  • Social media

  • Race and technology

  • Critical digital studies

  • Black digital culture

  • Podcasting

  • Twitter

  • TikTok

  • Digital ethnography

  • Online discourse

  • Digital technology and ethics

Melissa Free

Associate Professor, Department of English

Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College

Affiliate Faculty, School of Social Transformation


  • Victorian and Edwardian literature and culture
  • British empire

  • Postcolonial studies

  • Feminism

  • Female action hero

  • Adventure fiction

Brian Goodman

Assistant Professor, Department of English

Affiliate, Jewish Studies

Affiliate, Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies


  • American literature

  • American Jewish literature

  • Czech literature

  • East-West cultural relations during the Cold War

  • History of human rights

  • Cultural dissent

  • Free speech and free expression

  • Beat movement

  • Franz Kafka

  • Philip Roth

Mark Hannah

Associate Professor / Director, Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies, Department of English

Graduate Faculty, Communication

Affiliate, Law and Behavioral Science


  • Rhetoric
  • Legal rhetoric

  • Professional communication

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Public understanding of law

  • Persuasive writing

  • Scientific communication

David Hawkes

Professor, Department of English


  • Usury

  • Debt

  • Money-lending

  • Idolatry

  • Literature and economics

  • Literature and religion

  • Shakespeare

  • Milton

Julia Himberg

Associate Professor / Director, Film and Media Studies, Department of English

Advisory Board, LGBT Studies Certificate


  • LGBT media and politics

  • Television history

  • Gender politics

  • Media and marketing

Kathleen Lamp-Fortuno

Associate Professor, Department of English

Past President, American Society for the History of Rhetoric


  • Classical rhetorical theory and practice

  • History of rhetoric

  • Place, culture, identity

  • Material rhetoric

  • Roman rhetoric (Cicero, Quintilian)
  • Visual communication

  • Monuments and memorials

  • Augustus

  • City Beautiful Movement

  • Rhetoric of cities

Neal A. Lester

Foundation Professor, Department of English

Founding Director, Project Humanities


  • African American literature and culture

  • Race and gender politics of hair

  • Popular culture

  • American race relations

  • African American children’s literature

  • Black women writers

  • The N-word

  • Privilege and anti-bias

  • Cultural appropriation

Joe Lockard

Associate Professor, Department of English

Affiliate, African and African American Studies Program

Affiliate, Jewish Studies


  • American literature

  • African American literature

  • US slavery

  • Antislavery/abolitionist literature

  • Prison education

  • Prison writing

  • Censorship

  • Jewish American Literature

Devoney Looser

Regents Professor, Department of English

Guggenheim Fellow

NEH Public Scholar


  • British literature

  • Women’s writings

  • Jane Austen

  • Feminism

  • History of the novel

  • Aging and old age in history

  • Roller derby

Mark Lussier

Professor Emeritus, Department of English

Dean, Emeritus College

Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


  • Science and literature

  • William Blake

  • European Romanticism

  • Emergence of Buddhism into the West

Paul Kei Matsuda

Professor / Director of Second Language Writing, Department of English

Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics, Nanjing University, China

Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics, Zhengzhou University, China


  • Language and writing issues for international students in U.S. higher education

Bruce Matsunaga

Associate Research Professional / Director of Technology, Department of English


  • Digital humanities

  • Literature

  • Ecocriticism

  • Computers and learning

  • Computation and digital media

Keith Miller

Professor Emeritus, Department of English


  • American Civil Rights Movement

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Malcolm X

  • Fannie Lou Hamer

  • Abolitionist speeches

  • History of African American oratory

Tyler Peterson

Assistant Professor, Department of English

Executive Committee, American Indian Language Development Institute, University of Arizona (Tucson)


  • Linguistics

  • Language and culture

  • Endangered and indigenous languages of the world

  • Tribal languages in North America, with a focus on communities in the Southwest

Krista Ratcliffe

Foundation Professor / Chair, Department of English


  • Rhetorics (political and cultural)

  • Race / whiteness

  • Communication strategies

  • Feminism

Kevin S. Sandler

Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of English


  • Media censorship

  • Animation

  • American film and television history

  • Media branding

  • Media marketing

  • Video streaming

Ayanna Thompson

Regents Professor, Department of English

Director, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


  • Shakespeare

  • Race

  • Early Modern studies

  • Renaissance
  • Medieval studies

  • History

  • Literature

  • Performance studies

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