Full Time Faculty

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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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Fred Sullivan

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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