Search Google Appliance

Bridgewater State University - logo

Department of English

The English department at Bridgewater offers a rich array of courses and programs that give our students broad introductions to the craft of writing and the exploration of literature, along with many opportunities for in-depth study.

English is a diverse and dynamic field, and our faculty bring their expertise and enthusiasm to everything from Beowulf to the Beat poets; from creative nonfiction to the teaching of writing; and from contemporary film to writings from around the world.

Benjamin Carson
Associate Professor and Chairperson of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 339
Areas of Expertise

Research and Teaching Interests:
Native American literature
African American literature
American literature
Literary Theory
Multi-ethnic literature


BA, University of South Dakota
MA, PhD, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Stuart Allen
Assistant Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 323

Selected Publications:
Wordsworth and the Passions of Critical Poetics (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010)
Thinking strictly prohibited: Music, Language and Thought in [Joyce's] "Sirens", Twentieth-Century Literature 53: 4 (2007)
Metropolitan Wordsworth: Allegory as Affirmation and Critique in The Prelude, Romanticism on the Net 40 (2005)
Wordsworth and the Thought of Affection, European Romantic Review 16.4 (2005) (co-authored with Jon Roberts)
Wordsworth's Ear and the Politics of Aesthetic Autonomy, Romanticism 9.1 (2003)

Areas of Expertise

Romanticism (especially Wordsworth and Shelley)
The Frankfurt School
Feeling, attention, distraction
Joyce and Beckett


BA, University of Leeds
MA, University of Sussex
MSt, PhD, University of Oxford

Joyce Rain Anderson
Associate Professor of English; Faculty Associate for Institutional Diversity
Tillinghast Hall, Room 320
Areas of Expertise

First-year composition
Personal and Public Writing
Writing about Others
English Language Learners
Cultural Rhetorics
Indigenous and Survivance Rhetorics
American Indian Boarding Schools
(Re)presentations of Indigenous Peoples
Vernacular Literacies


BA, MA, University of Massachusetts at Boston
PhD,University of New Hampshire at Durham, 2005, Composition And Rhetoric

Heidi Bean
Assistant Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 214

Research and Teaching Interests:
Modern and Contemporary Drama
American Literature
Performance Studies
American Studies

Recent Publications:
Poetry after Cultural Studies (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2011): 241 pages. A collection of ten critical essays, co-edited with Mike Chasar, on the future of poetry studies in the wake of cultural studies, this volume includes contributions by Edward Brunner, Maria Damon, Cary Nelson, Carrie Noland, Barrett Watten, and others. Introductory essay co-authored with Mike Chasar.

Edited Journal Issues
Poet's Theater. Postmodern Culture 20.1 (Sept. 2009). The first collection of critical essays devoted to an analysis of American poets' theater, co-edited with Laura Hinton, frames the critical strategies of poets' theater since the 1960s by focusing on the theater and performance work of Ron Silliman Carla Harryman, Fiona Templeton, and Mac Wellman. Introductory essay co-authored with Laura Hinton.

Poetries. Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 8/9 (Spring/Fall, 2006): 159 pages. A collection of essays on the intersection of poetry and cultural studies, co-edited with Adalaide Morris and Mike Chasar, this double issue includes essays by Ed Brunner, Alan Ramon Clinton, Cary Nelson, Susan Somers-Willett, and Daniel Tiffany, with additional commentary by Michael Davidson, Heather DuBrow, Meta Duwa-Jones, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Walter Lew, Jerome McGann, Marjorie Perloff, Mark W. Van Wienan, and others. Introductory essay co-authored with Adalaide Morris and Mike Chasar.

Journal Articles
"Carla Harryman's Non/Narrative and the Ethics of Dispersive Theater." Postmodern Culture 20.1 (Sept. 2009):

Repeating Gertrude Stein: Language, Performativity, and Hypermediated Theater," Text and Performance Quarterly 27.3 (July 2007): 168-194.

Areas of Expertise

Twentieth-Century Drama, Theater, and Performance
Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture Performance Studies


BA, Indiana University
MA, University of Iowa
PhD, University of Iowa, English (American Literature and Drama)

Matt Bell
Associate Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 311

Research and Teaching Interests:
Queer Studies
Twentieth-Century American Literature
Critical Theory

Recent Publications:
"Inhuman Temporality: Koyaanisqatsi." The Bridgewater Review 32.1 (2013): 19-22.

"When Harry Met Harry." Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Ed. Madhavi Menon. Duke University Press, 2011. 106-113.

Black Ground, Gay Figure: Working through Another Country, Black Power, and Gay Liberation." American Literature 79.3 (2007): 577-603.

"'Your worst fears made flesh': The Manchurian Candidate's Paranoid Delusion and Gay Liberation." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 12.1 (2006): 85-116.


BA, University of California at Riverside 
MA, PhD, Tufts University

Ann Brunjes
Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 316

Research and Teaching Interests:
American Literature: Beginnings through the Nineteenth Century
Poetry and Prose of Timothy Dwight
Constructions of Authorship in Early America

Recent Publications:
Co-authored with Michelle Cox. "Supporting Faculty as Writers at a Teaching-Mission Institution," chapter in Working with Faculty Writers, eds. Anne Ellen Geller and Michele Eodice. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2013.

"Timothy Dwight's Surprising Encounters with the Land in Greenfield Hill and Travels in New England and New York." Chapter in Sovereignty, Separatism, and Survivance: Ideological Encounters in the Literature of Native North America, ed. Benjamin Carson. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

Timothy Dwight's Travels in New England and New York, Samson Occom's A Short Narrative of My Life, and the Rhetoric of Race." Chapter in Assimilation and Subversion in Earlier American Literature, ed. Robin DeRosa. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.

"Hugh Henry Brackenridge,"  "David Humphreys," and "Royall Tyler." Entries in The Greenwood Encylopedia of American Poets and Poetry [Seven Volumes] edited by Jeffrey H. Gray, James McCorkel, and Mary Balkun. Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 2005.


BA, Colgate University
MA, New York University
PhD, Colgate University

Greg Chaplin
Associate Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 306
Areas of Expertise

Sixteenth- Century British Literature and Culture
Seventeenth- Century British Literature and Culture


BA, Albright College
PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

James Crowley
Associate Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 315

BA, College of the Holy Cross
MA, PhD, University of Delaware

Kimberly Chabot Davis
Associate Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 328
Areas of Expertise

20th-century American literature
Film studies
Ethnic and African American literature
Reception studies
Whiteness studies
Women's studies

Courses Taught

Publications (Books):
Postmodern Texts and Emotional Audiences (Purdue UP, 2007)
Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading (University of Illinois Press, 2014)


BA, History and Literature, Harvard University
MA, PhD, English, University of Virginia

Anne Doyle
Associate Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 333
Areas of Expertise

Composition theory
Business writing
The teaching of writing
Voice and authority in texts
Reading/writing connection
Discourse analysis


BA, Emmanuel College
MA, Boston College
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Kathryn Evans
Associate Professor of English; Director of Writing Studio
Tillinghast Hall, Room 302
Areas of Expertise

Composition theory, including response to student writing
Qualitative research methods
Sociohistoric theory
Writing centers


BA, University of Chicago
MA, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kevin Kalish
Assistant Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 204

Research and Teaching Interests:
Literature of the Ancient World; Classical Tradition in English Literature; Bible as Literature; Religion and Literature

Recent Publications:
Review of "The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature" in Religion and Literature 42.3 (2010)

"The Presence of Hades in the Codex of Visions" in Proceedings of the 26th Annual Congress of Papyrology (2012)

"Imagining what Eve would have said after Cain's murder of Abel: rhetorical practice and Biblical interpretation in an early Byzantine homily" in Bridgewater Review, 31.2 (2012).


BA, Boston University
MA, Washington University
PhD, Princeton University

John Kucich
Associate Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 314

In my dozen years of teaching at the college and secondary school level, and I've been continually fascinated watching how literature opens up the world for me and for my students. Literature jolts us out of our familiar assumptions and understandings, forcing us to confront the world anew. As a teacher, my focus has always been on giving my students the tools to refashion their understanding of the world, helping them attend to the nuances of language and the complicated cultural forces in which literature takes shape. My research in American literature has focused on how people have used writing to reshape their own environments, both natural and social, particularly across cultural lines, and I've brought the same perspective to the classroom. I use literature to challenge students (and teachers of students) to confront the limits of their assumptions and to wrestle with worlds of difference literature embodies.

Areas of Expertise

19th century American literature
Teaching English
American spiritualism
Literature and the Environment
Multi-ethnic literature


BA, Williams College
MAT, Brown University
PhD, Tufts University

Lisa Litterio
Tillinghast Hall, Room 309

Research and Teaching Interests:
Technical Communication
Rhetorical Theory
Digital Pedagogies
Multimodal Composing

Dr. Litterio's work appears in journals such as The Journal of Business and Technical Communication and Rhetoric Review. She has a forthcoming book chapter entitled, "Multimodal Composers, Digital Curators: Examining Standards for Nonprint Texts through the Digital Expository Writing (DEW) Program" in James Purdy's and Randall McClure's Next Digital Scholar. She has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, including: Columbia University's Teacher's College Educational Technology Conference, the National Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the National Communication Association Conference (NCA), and the International Writing Center Association's (IWCA) Conference.


BA, College of the Holy Cross, Classics
MA, University of New Hampshire, Literature with concentration in Composition and Rhetoric
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Communication and Rhetoric

Bruce Machart
Assistant Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 208

Research and Teaching Interests:
Fiction Writing
Narrative Craft
History of Short Fiction
Contemporary American Literature

Recent Publications:
Until Daylight Delivers Me (a novel): Forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015.
Men in the Making (a collection of short stories): Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2011).
The Wake of Forgiveness (a novel): Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2010).


BA, University of Houston
MFA, Ohio State University, English/Fiction Writing

Michael McClintock
Associate Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 329

BA, MA, PhD, University of Toronto

John Mulrooney
Assistant Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 313

AA, Dean College
BA, Suffolk University
MFA, New York University

Ellen Scheible
Assistant Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 210

Research and Teaching Interests:

Dr. Ellen Scheible teaches and researches in the areas of fin de siecle and twentieth-century British and Irish fiction, modern gothic fiction, the domestic interior, and the postcolonial body. She is revising a book manuscript, "The Sublime Moment: Confrontation, Colonization, and the Modern Irish Novel," where she traces the role of Edmund Burke's eighteenth-century notion of the sublime in critiques of colonization present in Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett. She recently worked as an advisor for the publication of a collection of essays on Neil Jordan in Short Story Criticism and published "Reanimating the Nation: Patrick McCabe, Neil Jordan, and the Bog Gothic" in Bridgewater Review. In 2011 she hosted the New England branch of the American Conference for Irish Studies at Bridgewater State University, where she brought undergraduate and graduate students together with faculty to think about what Roy Foster termed "the death of the Celtic Tiger." Her current research project focuses on the role of the female body as a textual motif for national partition in twentieth-century Irish texts.

Recent Publications:

2013 Review: Quigley, Mark. Empire's Wake: Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form in New Hibernia Review. 17.4

2103 Advisor for "Neil Jordan" in Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers. Ed. Laurie Lanzen Harris and Sheila Fitzgerald. Detroit: Gale.

2012 "Reanimating the Nation: Neil Jordan, Patrick McCabe, and the Bog Gothic" in Bridgewater Review. Bridgewater: Bridgewater State University. 31(1).

2010 "The Bog Gothic" in The Cracked Lookingglass: Highlights from the Milberg Collection of Irish Prose Writers. Princeton: Princeton University Library.


BA, St. Mary's College of Maryland, English
MA, PhD, Claremont Graduate University

John P. Sexton
Associate Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 305

When time allows, Dr. Sexton is a regular contributor to MassMedieval, the Massachusetts State Universities Medieval Studies Blog. He is also the co-President of the New England Saga Society (NESS), an academic society dedicated to promoting the study of medieval Icelandic literature and culture in North American academe.

Areas of Expertise

Anglo-Saxon Literature
British Literature of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, 600-1649AD
Chaucer and the 14th century
Church History to 1600
Icelandic Sagas
Medieval Disability Studies


BA, Goddard College, 1996, Liberal Arts
MA, University of Connecticut, 2000,  Medieval Studies
PhD, University of Connecticut, 2007, Medieval Studies

Jadwiga Smith
Professor of English
Tillinghast, Room 304

Member of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas
Member of the Society of Phenomenology and Literature
Member of the Society of Phenomenology, Aesthetics and Fine Arts
Member of the World Institute of Phenomenology


MS, Jagellonion University in Cracow Poland, Compararive European Literature
MA, Jagellonian University, English Phillology
PhD, Duquesne University in Pittsburg Pennsyvania, English


Julia Stakhnevich
Assistant Professor of English; Director of English as a Second Language Services
Tillinghast Hall, Room 307
Areas of Expertise

Language, identity construction, and power relations in multilingual contexts
Language contact, cross-linguistic influence, and word borrowing
ESL/TESL methodology


MA, Lenin Moscow Teaching Training University
PhD, University of Mississippi

Lee Torda
Assistant Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 310

BS, Ohio University
MA, University of Maine
PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Elizabeth Veisz
Assistant Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 211
Areas of Expertise

18th-century British literature
Gender studies
Postcolonial theory


BA, Stanford University
MA, PhD, University of Maryland

Kathleen Vejvoda
Associate Professor of English
Tillinghast Hall, Room 308

Professor Vejvoda has published articles on nineteenth-century British fiction and poetry, Irish folklore, and Irish cinema in peer-reviewed journals such as Victorian Literature and Culture and Irish Studies Review.  Her essay on race and gender in Irish cinema was reprinted in Screening Irish-America (ed. Ruth Barton; Irish Academic Press, 2009).  Her current book-length project is entitled Children in Irish Cinema.

Her poetry and creative nonfiction appear in Irish Feminist Review, Southword, and New England Review.

Areas of Expertise

Irish Cinema and Folklore
Victorian Fiction with an emphasis on the Brontes, George Eliot, and Dickens
The Ghost Story and Horror Film
Religion and Literature
Disability Studies


BA, University of Massachusetts at Boston
MA, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Lori A. LeComte
Administrative Assistant I
Department Chair
Benjamin Carson
Administrative Assistant
Lori A. LeComte


The department offers BA and MA degrees in English as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching (English). Majors can concentrate in secondary education or writing, and are encouraged to take advantage of internships and opportunities for independent study. Through exposure to culturally diverse and significant literary works, our students develop strong critical analysis and writing skills and an appreciation and knowledge of literature and the writing process.

Whether your goal is a career in teaching, writing or business, further graduate study, or a deeper understanding of the texts that shape our culture, we offer the flexibility to design a program of study that meets your individual needs.


Department of English
Tillinghast Hall
Room 340