English Department Faculty

MChan photoMay Chan: I received my B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. I later received my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I did my dissertation on British Victorian travel narratives about China. Since then, I have presented conference papers and published critical essays on Rudyard Kipling and Isabella Bird, two of the four travel writers from this dissertation project. Currently I am working on a critical edition of Anna Leonowens’s narrative, The English Governess at the Siamese Court, and a biography of Isabella Bird in addition to peer reviewing critical essays related to travel writing for national literary journals.

My classes at Saint Rose cover nineteenth century British literature, ranging from my “Jane Austen: Originals and Adaptations” course to upper-level Victorian literature courses, such as my mixed undergrad/grad course, “Victorian Literature and Culture: Bad Girls and Patriarchal Proprieties.” Sometimes I mix it up with something different, for instance, an “Introduction to Asian-American Literature” course comes into the picture, as well as other introductory courses.

Headshot1Eurie Dahn, Associate Professor, has research and teaching areas of specialization in African American literature, Anglo-American modernism, periodical studies, and the digital humanities.  Recently she has taught courses on walking, modernist parties, Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, and the Harlem Renaissance.  Her work has been published in MELUS and the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, and she is currently completing a book on African American periodical networks during the Jim Crow era.  She also co-directs a digital humanities project on The Colored American Magazine, in partnership with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2009.

MF_picMegan Fulwiler is Associate Professor of English and teaches courses in writing, autobiography, and the art of the essay. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, multimodal composition, and the evolving demands of 21st century literacies. Her work has appeared in Computers and Composition, NCTE’s FORUM, The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as the edited collection The Promise and Perils of Writing Program Administration. She is co-director, with Jennifer Marlow, of the documentary film, Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Labor, which received the Computers and Composition Michelle Kendrick Outstanding Digital Production/Scholarship award in 2015.

KenKenneth Krauss has written three critical studies: Private Readings/Public Texts (Fairleigh Dickinson, 1993) and The Drama of Fallen France (2004) and Male Beauty (2014), both published by SUNY Press.  He has edited versions of Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis and The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde for Barnes & Noble Classics and also co-edited a collection of essays on Maxwell Anderson.  His play, There’s a War Going On, produced at Wings in 1993, was published in 1996 (Dialogus).  His produced playscripts include translations of Euripides’ Electra and Seneca’s Medea; Out of Nowhere, at Raw Space in 2000; and Don’t Stand in the Doorway, which ran (1977-78) at The Provincetown Playhouse.  In addition to a children’s TV musical (Stone Soup) and the screenplay for Killer Nurse, he has had five plays performed as readings.  He is currently working on a book about theatricalization and sexual identity in Giacomo Casanova’s Histoire de ma Vie.  He has numerous directing credits.

2014-glasses-bw-squareKathryn Laity is director of the Digital Humanities Initiative, a Fulbright Scholar, and author of novels like White Rabbit, Knight of the White Hart, A Cut-Throat Business, Lush Situation, Chastity Flame, Owl Stretching, and Pelzmantel, as well as editor of noir anthologies for Fox Spirit Books. Her academic areas of expertise include Medieval English literature and culture, Old Norse, witchcraft in history, film, popular culture and digital humanities. Her extensive bibliography can be found here.

Jennifer Marlow, Assistant Professor of English, received her Ph.D. from University at Albany, SUNY.  She teaches courses in composition and digital media. Her research focuses on educational technology and digital pedagogies for the writing classroom. Her work has been published in Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. With colleague, Megan Fulwiler, she co-produced the documentary film, Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Labor, published by Computers and Composition Digital Press.  She is currently working on an eBook about the past twenty years in the field of Computers and Writing.


IMG_3082David Morrow works primarily on intersections between ideology and form in early modern English literature—focused especially on questions around social relations, the land, and literary history. He is completing an essay on land tenure in Shakespearean romance and beginning another on seventeenth-century farming manuals and present-day ecocriticism. He has published essays on the prose fictions of Thomas Deloney, on the ideology of seventeenth-century European merchants, and on Shakespeare’s Pericles. His recent courses have included Shakespeare, (Non-Shakespearean) Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare on Film, Introduction to Literary Studies, and the Senior Seminar.

An Associate Professor, Morrow earned his Ph.D from The University of California, San Diego in 2005 and is currently Chair of the English department.


Daniel Nester, Associate Professor of English, is the author most recently of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press 2015)Previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), God Save My Queen I and II (Soft Skull, 2003 and 2004), and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2014), which he edited. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Morning NewsThe Rumpus, Best American Poetry, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction.

vaneetapalecandaVaneeta Palecanda, Associate Professor of English. Specializations: Literary Theory, Postcolonial and Contemporary Literature and Film. Current Research: Body Politics, English in Bollywood Cinema, 1950-2010.
Published in Meridians: Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism and Manushi: A Journal about Women and Society


David Rice, Associate Professor of English. Specializations: Twentieth Century American Literature, Native American Literature, Digital Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies.


Rone Shavershead shot publishes in multiple genres. His fiction appeared in various journals known for showcasing innovative work, including ACM: Another Chicago Magazine, www.identitytheory.com, Longform.org, Nth Word, Pank magazine, Thought Catalog, and Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. His non-fiction essays and essay-length reviews have appeared in BOMB Magazine, EBR: Electronic Book Review, Fiction Writers Review, the Los Angeles Reader, and The Quarterly Conversation. Dr. Shavers teaches fiction and contemporary literature.  

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Brian Sweeney, Assistant Professor of English, received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2010.  His teaching and research center on early and
nineteenth-century American and transatlantic literature and print culture.  He has recently offered courses on the sentimental novel, crime and punishment in Poe’s America, nineteenth-century literature and the rise of the magazine, literary theory, and Melville.  He is currently at work on a book-length study of occupational affect and professionalism in American fiction from 1830 to 1910, a chapter from which recently appeared in the collection The Sentimental Mode (McFarland, 2014).   With his colleague Eurie Dahn he is co-director of “The Digital Colored American,” a digital humanities project undertaken in partnership with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

BLU headshot smilingBarbara Ungar has published four full-length poetry collections: Immortal Medusa and Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life, both from The Word Works; Thrift (Word Tech); and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Press Poetry Award, an Independent Press Silver Medal Award for poetry, the Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Award, and a Hoffer award. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Rattle, Salmagundi, The Minnesota Review, Cream City Review, Atticus Review, Literal Latté, and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of Haiku in English and several poetry chapbooks. www.barbaraungar.net.