Faculty

May 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.

Eurie 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.

Vicki Hoskins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, is a scholar and practitioner whose research focuses on musical theatre, Broadway commercialism, and the history of theatre as business. Her dissertation project, titled, “Playbill Takes the Stage: The Rise of America’s Foremost Theatrical Program,” built upon previous studies in print culture, Broadway history, and American culture, and presented the first scholarly history of Playbill, the largest distributor of theatre programs in the United States. For her dissertation work, Vicki received the Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship and the American Theatre and Drama Society Research Award. Vicki has also published articles in the peer-reviewed journals Coup de Théâtre and Studies in Musical Theatre. Her upcoming book chapter, “This is Not a Moment, It’s a Movement: Why Millennials are Hamiltrash,” is slated to publish with McFarland and Company by the end of 2020. Vicki teaches Theatre Arts, History of Drama, Script Writing, and Acting. She received her M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kathryn Laity (PhD: University of Connecticut) 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 several noir anthologies for Fox Spirit Books. She writes crime fiction as Graham Wynd. Her academic areas of expertise include Medieval British literature and culture, Old Norse, witchcraft in history, film, crime fiction, and digital humanities. Her extensive bibliography can be found here.

Selected academic papers include: “The Unlikely Milliner & The Magician of Threadneedle-Street.” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature 36.2 (2018); “Subtle Hues: Character and Race in Dorothy B. Hughes’ The Expendable Man.” TEXT Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, v20 n2, Oct 2016; “Frenching Mr Ripley.” Clues 33.2: September 2015; “Christina of Markyate.” Heroines of Comic Books and Literature. Eds. Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones and Bob Batchelor. Rowman: Mar 2014; “‘Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?’: The Case for Terry Gilliam’s Tideland.” The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World. Eds. Anna Froula, et. al. Columbia UP: Mar 2013; “A Raven’s Eye View: Teaching Scopophilia with Dario Argento.” Fear and Learning. Eds. Aalya Ahmad and Sean Moreland. McFarland. Mar 2013; “Avast, Land Lubbers! Reading Lost Girls as a Post-Sadeian Text.” Sexual Ideologies in the Works of Alan Moore. Eds. Todd Comer and Joseph Sommers. McFarland (February 2012): 138-149.

Jennifer Marlow, Associate 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.

Photo credit: Kristen Renee.

David 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.

Daniel Nester, Associate Professor of English, is an essayist, freelance writer, poet, editor, reading series curator, podcaster, and Queen superfan. He is the author most recently of the memoir Shader, a coming of age memoir told in 99 short chapters. His other books include How to Be Inappropriatea collection of humorous nonfiction; The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited; The History of My World Tonight, a book of poems; and God Save My Queen: A Tribute and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On, his first two books, which are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen.

As a journalist and essayist, his writing has appeared in a variety of places, such as American Poetry Review, New York TimesBuzzfeed, Electric Literature, The Atlantic onlineand the Poetry Foundation website. His work has been listed among the year’s notable essays in Best American Essays, and anthologized in Lost and FoundThe Best American Poetry, The Best Creative NonfictionThird Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. His poems have appeared in such journals as Love’s Executive Order, ShampooHopkins ReviewCourt GreenSpoon River Poetry Review, and other places. He is the former editor of the online journals Unpleasant Event Schedule and La Petite Zine, and currently the editor of Pine Hills Review, the literary journal of The College of Saint Rose.

Nester earned his M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University. His website is at danielnester.com.

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

Rone Shavers 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.

Eileen Sperry, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, earned her PhD in English from Stony Brook University, where she also completed a graduate certification in Cultural Studies. Her research and teaching concentrations include early modern literature, Shakespeare, poetic theory, and composition. Here at Saint Rose, she has taught courses on early modern lyric theory, English Renaissance sonnet sequences, early modern poetry and the senses, Shakespeare, and expository writing. Her current project explores death and decay in early modern English poetry. Her work has appeared in Shakespeare Bulletin, The Sixteenth Century Journal, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, and The Cambridge Quarterly.

Brian Sweeney, Associate Professor of English, received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2010.  His teaching and research center on early and nineteenth-century American and African American literature and print cultures, periodical studies, and literature and music. He teaches courses on sympathy and the early American novel, race and incarceration in Poe’s America, nineteenth-century literature and the rise of the magazine, the nineteenth-century US novel, critical 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 appeared in the collection The Sentimental Mode (McFarland, 2014), and his article “Throwing Stones Across the Potomac: The Colored American Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Cultural Politics of National Reunion” recently appeared in American Periodicals (Fall 2019). With his colleague Eurie Dahn he is co-director of The Digital Colored American Magazine, a digital humanities project undertaken in partnership with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. Sweeney serves on the Advisory Board of the Research Society for American Periodicals. He is currently Chair of the English Department.

Barbara Ungar has published five full-length poetry collections:Save Our Ship, which won the Richard Snyder Memorial Prize and is forthcoming from Ashland Poetry Press in September 2019; 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.