Full Time Faculty

Patricia Felisa Barbeito


Patricia Barbeito is currently serving as Interim Dean of Faculty and will be on sabbatical for Spring 2019.

Patricia Felisa Barbeito (Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Harvard…

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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


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


Mike Fink is on sabbatical for the Fall 2018 semester and Wintersession 2019.

I came to RISD in 1957 out of Yale with an AMT from Harvard…

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Avishek Ganguly


Avishek Ganguly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Literary Arts and Studies at Rhode Island School of Design. He received his MA, M.Phil and…

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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 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


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


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


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


Teaches Fundamentals of Writing and Literature Seminar: Design in Words

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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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Zenon 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/