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OU Department of English Faculty

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Rilla Askew

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Associate Professor 

Interests: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Oklahoma History, Historical Fiction, Early Modern Women Writers.


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Amit R. Baishya

Amrit Baishya

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies for the English Department

Interests: Postcolonial literature; cultural studies; film.

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Joyce Coleman

Joyce Coleman

Rudolph C. Bambas Professor of Medieval English Literature & Culture 
Director, University of Oklahoma Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies 

Interests: Medieval literary reception, performance, and patronage; 
"the iconography of the book" in medieval manuscripts. 

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Robert Con Davis-Undiano


Professor of English and Neustadt Professor 
Executive Director of World Literature Today

Interests: American studies; Chicano studies; cultural studies; literary and cultural theory.

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Bill Endres

Bill Endres

Assistant Professor 

Interests: Digital Humanities, medieval manuscripts, and visual rhetoric.

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Rachel C. Jackson

Assistant Professor

Interests: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Decolonial Theory, Land-Based Pedagogies, Indigenous Language Revitalization, and Critical Regionalism, Transrhetorical Analysis and Decolonial Methodologies, Community Writing and Digital Storytelling, Kiowa and Cherokee Languages

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Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Honoree Jeffers


Interests: Poetry Writing, Fiction Writing, Creative Nonfiction Writing, Writing for Creative Publication, Early African American Literature, Blues Poetics, and Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century African American Literature.
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Susan Kates

Susan Kates


Interests: History of rhetoric; material rhetorics; women's rhetorics; creative writing, particularly creative nonfiction; Oklahoma cultural studies.

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Rita Keresztesi

Rita Keresztesi


Interests: African Diaspora Literary and Cultural Studies: the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts/Black Power, Anglophone Caribbean Literatures and Music; Postcolonial African Cinema (Francophone West Africa, Nollywood, and Bongo Cinema).

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William C. Kurlinkus

William Kurlinkus

Assistant Professor 
Director, Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Director, Technical Writing

Interests: New media; rhetoric; technical communication; design.


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Joseph Mansky

Assistant Professor

Interests: Early modern literature; libel; theater and social history; rhetoric and poetics; political theory


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William Henry McDonald

William McDonald

Associate Professor

Interests: Nineteenth-century American literature; twentieth-century American literature; literary theory

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Roxanne Mountford

Roxanne Mountford

Chair, Department of English
Director, First-Year Composition

Interests: Rhetorical history, theory, and criticism; writing; women’s rhetoric; African American rhetoric; rhetorical education; religious rhetoric; environmental rhetoric; institutional history.  


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Joshua B. Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Associate Professor 

Interests: American Indian and Indigenous literature, film, and media; Cherokee culture; identity theory; agency; anarchism; pragmatism.

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Ronald Schleifer

George Lynn Cross Research Professor
Adjunct Professor in Medicine

Interests: Twentieth-century literature; literature and medicine; critical theory; semiotics

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Justin A. Sider

Assistant Professor

Interests: Nineteenth-century literature (especially poetry and non-fiction), aestheticism and decadence, Pre-Raphaelite art and poetry, twentieth-century poetry, aesthetic theory, genre theory.

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Jake Skeets

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Assistant Professor

Research and Teaching Interest:
Poetry, Poetics and Aesthetics, Native American Literature, Diné Literature

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Jonathan Stalling

Jonathan Stalling


Interests: Modern to Contemporary American Poetry; Comparative Chinese-Western Poetics,  Literary and Cultural Theory, Translation Studies, Creative Writing (poetry), and EFL.

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Sandra L. Tarabochia

Sandra Tarabochia

Associate Professor 

Interests: Writer development; writing pedagogy;  writing research methods/methodologies; poetic inquiry; feminist rhetoric and research methods; writing through the life span; longitudinal writing research; inclusive publishing.

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Julie-Françoise Tolliver

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Associate Professor 

Interests: World literature (early, 20th-century, and contemporary), world cinema, postcolonial studies, North American studies, translation studies


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Kathleen E. Welch

Kathleen E. Welch

Presidential Professor 

Interests: Writing and literacy; classical rhetorical theory; twentieth- 
century rhetoric and composition theory; current technology and literacy 
studies; feminist theory; historicized rhetoric.

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Kimberly Wieser

Kimberly G. Wieser

Associate Professor 

Interests: American Indian critical theories, literatures, and rhetorics; gender studies.

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James Zeigler

James Zeigler

Associate Professor 

Interests: Twentieth-century American literature; literary theory; rhetoric.

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Affiliated Faculty

Kalenda Eaton

Kalenda Eaton, Affiliate Faculty English

Affiliate Faculty Member
Associate Professor, The Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies



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Todd Fuller, Curator of the Western History Collections

Affiliate Faculty Member
Curator, Western History Collections    



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Affiliate Faculty Member

Assistant Director & Editor in Chief of World Literature Today

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Emeritus Faculty

Eve Tavor Bannet

Professor Emeritus

Interests: The long eighteenth century; trans-Atlantic studies; British and American literature; women; letters; history of reading; secret writing

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Dan Cottom

Professor Emeritus

Interests: Nineteenth-century English literature; cultural studies; literary and cultural theory.

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Geary Hobson

Vincent B. Leitch

Professor Emeritus

Interests: Literary criticism and theory; cultural studies; poetry and poetics.

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Daniel Joseph Ransom

Daniel Ransom

Professor Emeritus of English
Director, Variorum Chaucer Project 

Interests: Medieval literature; the history of English; Chaucer.

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Joanna Rapf

Professor Emeritus of English

Alan Velie

Professor Emeritus

Interests: Shakespeare; American Indian literature; poetry and poetics; the Bible as literature.

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