Full Time Faculty

Patricia Felisa Barbeito

Barbeito

Patricia Felisa Barbeito (Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Harvard University) is Professor of American Literatures. She teaches courses on race and ethnicity in American literature; the African…

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Mairéad Byrne

Byrne

Mairéad Byrne emigrated from Ireland to the US in 1994, for poetry. On the plane over, she read about the Internet for the first time….

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Thomas Doran

Doran

In both his teaching and research, Thomas Doran focuses on the literatures of the early Americas, the history of science and ecology, animal studies, the…

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Mike Fink

Fink

I came to RISD in 1957 out of Yale with an AMT from Harvard as a Brown graduate student. The English department had an established…

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Avishek Ganguly

Ganguly

Avishek Ganguly is on sabbatical for the 2017-18 academic year.

Avishek Ganguly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Literary Arts and Studies at Rhode Island…

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Sandy Gourlay

Gourlay

Alexander (Sandy) Gourlay went to Reed College to study physics, but was waylaid by courses in paleography, drawing and English literature; he finished as an…

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Jonathan Highfield

Highfield

Jonathan Bishop Highfield is the author of Food and Foodways in African Narratives: Community, Culture, and Heritage (Routledge, 2017) and Imagined Topographies: From Colonial Resource to Postcolonial Homeland(Peter…

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Joon Lee

Lee

Joon Oluchi Lee was educated in South Korea, Iowa, Virginia, and Northern California. He is the author of “The Joy of the Castrated Boy.” He…

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Nicole M. Merola

Merola

Nicole M. Merola is the Head of the Department of Literary Arts & Studies and Associate Professor of Ecocriticism & American Literature. She came to…

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Mark Sherman

Sherman

Mark Sherman received his Ph.D. in English in 1991 from the University of Rhode Island. His dissertation is titled “Reading Allegory in the Old Poet…

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Susan Vander Closter

Vander Closter

Although she started out in English and comparative literature, there was a moment when she considered focusing her attention on film studies.

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Senior Lecturers

Karen Carr

Carr

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Karen L. Carr earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island in 1993, and started teaching…

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Elinor Celuzza

Celuzza

Teaches Fundamentals of Writing and Literature Seminar: Design in Words

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Alexia Kosmider

Kosmider

Alexia Kosmider’s academic interests are wide ranging from Native American Studies, American Literature, Queer Theory & Literature to Queer Cinema. She spent one year teaching Native Studies…

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Gloria-Jean Masciarotte

Masciarotte

Teaches Analysis of Film Narrative, Neo-Realism, and Politics and Film

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Greta Methot

Methot

Greta Methot earned her M.A. from Simmons College and her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island.  She joined RISD’s English department in 2004.  Greta’s…

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Zenon Raabe

Raabe

Teaches Design in Words

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Part Time Faculty

For an LAS faculty list that includes part time faculty members, please visit: http://www.risd.edu/academics/las/faculty/