Full Time Faculty

Mairéad 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


Tom Doran teaches courses on comics art, natural history, poetics, transnational and multiethnic American Studies, and the history of science and ecology. His courses often…

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Mike 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


Avishek Ganguly is the Concentration Coordinator and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literary Arts and Studies at Rhode Island School of Design. He…

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Sandy 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


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


Joon Oluchi Lee is the author of three books of fiction: Neotenica (Nightboat, 2020), 94 (Publication Studio Portland, 2015) and Lace Sick Bag (Publication Studio Portland, 2013). His essays, including “The…

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Nicole M. Merola


Nicole M. Merola is Associate Professor of Ecocriticism & American Literature. She came to RISD in Fall 2005 from the University of Washington in Seattle, where…

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Mark Sherman


Mark Sherman is the Head of the Department of Literary Arts & Studies. He received his Ph.D. in English in 1991 from the University of…

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Senior Lecturers

Douglas Brown


Doug Brown was director of the Writing Center at Brown University from 2000–14 and has taught classes at Brown, RISD, Providence College and Rhode Island…

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Karen 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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Alexia 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


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

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Greta 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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Fred Sullivan


Fred Sullivan, Jr. is a resident actor/director with the Trinity Rep Company in Providence, RI. Invited to join the company in 1984 by founding artistic…

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Part Time Faculty

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