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American Studies 050
Behavioral and Neural Sciences 112
Biology 120
Business and Science 137
Chemistry 160
Creative Writing 200
Criminal Justice 202
Economics 220
English 350 (Includes American Literature 352)
Graduate Courses (350) and (352)
Environmental Science 375
Environmental Geology 380
Global Affairs 478
History 510
Jazz History and Research 561
Liberal Studies 606
Management 620
Mathematical Sciences 645
Nursing 705
Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Physics, Applied 755
Political Science 790
Psychology 830
Public Administration 834
Urban Environmental Analysis and Management
Urban Systems 977 (Joint Ph.D. with NJIT)
Women's and Gender Studies 988
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Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Graduate School–Newark 2015–2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses English 350 (Includes American Literature 352)  

English 350 (Includes American Literature 352)

Degree Program Offered: Master of Arts

Director of Graduate Program: Janet Larson, Room 529, Hill Hall (973-353-5193; email:


Members of the Graduate Faculty


Frances Bartkowski, FAS-N; Ph.D., Iowa
Feminist theory and cultural studies; American studies

Belinda Edmondson, FAS-N; Ph.D., Northwestern
Caribbean literature; Afro-American literature; literary theory

Barbara Foley, FAS-N; Ph.D., Chicago
American literature; Marxist theory; theory of the novel; Afro-American literature; American studies

H. Bruce Franklin, FAS-N; Ph.D., Stanford
American cultural history; the Vietnam War; science fiction; crime and punishment in American literature; literature and the environment

Rigoberto Gonzalez, FAS-N; M.A., California (Davis); M.F.A., Arizona State
Poetry; poetics; Latino literature; LGBT literature; 20th-century ethnic American literature

Rachel Hadas, FAS-N; Ph.D., Princeton
Creative writing (poetry); 20th- and 21st-century American and English poetry;
mythology in literature; children's literature; literature and medicine

Carol F. Heffernan, FAS-N; Ph.D., New York
Medieval English literature, especially Chaucer

A. Van Jordan, FAS-N; M. A., Howard; M.F.A., Warren Wilson College
Novelist, short story writer

Jack Lynch, FAS-N; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Eighteenth-century literature; the history of criticism, satire, and humanities; computing

Gabriel Miller, FAS-N; Ph.D., Brown
Modern drama; film; modern American fiction

Jayne Anne Phillips, Board of Governors Professor, FAS-N; M.F.A., Iowa
Novelist, short story writer

Associate Professors:

Sadia Abbas, FAS-N; Ph.D., Brown
Postcolonial studies; literature and culture of South Asia and South Asian diaspora; religion and literature; Islam and imperialism; Islam and feminism; theories of literacy form; history and literary criticism; contemporary British fiction

David Baker, FAS-N; Ph.D., Columbia
Renaissance nondramatic literature

Sterling Bland, FAS-N; Ph.D., New York
Afro-American literature; American studies 

Stuart Hirschberg, FAS-N; Ph.D., New York
Twentieth-century contemporary British/Irish poetry

David Hoddeson, FAS-N; Ph.D., New York
Semiotics of voices in speech and written texts and their metacritical implications; English modernism and Ford Madox Ford; psychoanalytic approaches to literary criticism and interpretation; the relations among fact, history, journalism, the nonfiction novel, and imaginative literature; American studies

Tayari Jones, FAS-N; M.A., Iowa; M.F.A., Arizona State
Novelist, short story writer

John Keene, FASN-N, M.F.A., New York University
Creative writing (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction); African-American and African diasporic studies; 20th- and 21st-century American studies; LGBTQ studies; poetics and narratology; aesthetic theory

Malcolm Kiniry, FAS-N; Ph.D., Rutgers
Rhetoric and teaching of writing; literature of the American Revolution; American studies

Janet L. Larson, FAS-N; Ph.D., Northwestern
Narrative theory; women's studies; literature of war; Victorian literature and culture; religion and literature

Laura A. Lomas, FAS-N; Ph.D., Columbia
Literature of the Americas; Latino/a literature and culture; feminist cultural studies; American studies 

Assistant Professors:

Patricia Akhimie, FAS-N; Ph.D, Columbia
Renaissance drama; Shakespeare; race and gender studies; early modern literature; early modern women's writing; travel writing; colonial discourse; conduct literature; textual editing; comics and graphic novels

Manu Samriti Chander, FAS-N; Ph.D, Brown; M.F.A, Michigan
Romanticism; postcolonial and world literature; literary theory

Alice Elliott Dark, FAS-N; M.F.A., Antioch
Novelist, short story writer

Akhil Sharma, FAS-N; J.D., Harvard
Creative writing--fiction; 19th-century Russian fiction; Hemingway; V.S. Naipaul; travel writing; publishing and editing; fantastic fictions

Brenda Shaughnessy, FAS-N; M.F.A, Columbia

Ameer Sohrawardy, FAS-N; Ph.D., Rutgers
Shakespeare and early modern drama; travel writing; postcolonial theory; East/West interactions, particularly between the Ottoman Empire and Tudor-Stuart England; hypertext theory

Professors Emeriti:

Heyward Bruce Ehrlich, FAS-N; Ph.D., New York
James Joyce and modernism; Edgar Allen Poe; Melville; Lowell; literary computing

Kristian Kahn, FAS-N; Ph.D., Warwick
Victorian literature and culture; modernism and Bloomsbury; LGBT literature; feminist and queer theories; film studies; psychoanalysis and cultural studies

Charles Russell, FAS-N; Ph.D., Cornell
History and theory of the avant-garde, modernism, and postmodernism; contemporary American fiction; American studies

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