ELC Faculty

dept 2013


Beverly Almond.  Adjunct Instructor in English.  B.A., Lyon College;  M.A., University of Texas-San Antonio;  Philosophy & Christian Ethics certificate,University of Cambridge;  DRS, Trinity-Newburgh. Non fiction genres (political pamphlets, sermons, spiritual autobiography) of 17th century English women; Appalachian literature and folklore.

Antonio Barrenechea. Associate Professor of English. B.A., Fordham University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University. Comparative literature; literature of the Americas; film studies; literary theory.

Adrienne Brovero Director of DebateB.A., M.A. Wake Forest University.  Debate; argumentation; political communication.

Paul D. Fallon. Associate Professor of Linguistics. B.S., M.S., Georgetown University; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University. Linguistics; phonology; morphology; historical linguistics; writing systems; Cushitic linguistics.

Richard Finkelstein.  Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., University of Chicago.  Shakespeare; Renaissance drama; 16th- and 17th-century lyric poetry.

Chris Foss. Professor of English.  B.A., Concordia College (Moorhead, MN); M.A., Northeastern University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison. 19th-century British literature; disability studies. ON SABBATICAL SPRING 2015.

Kate Haffey. Assistant Professor of English.  B.S., Ohio University; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 20th- century British literature; queer theory; narrative theory; women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Luke Johnson. Adjunct Instructor in English.  B.A., Elon University; M.F.A., Hollins University. Creative writing; poetry; creative nonfiction. Website.

Teresa A. Kennedy. Professor of EnglishDirector, Simpson Program in Medieval Studies. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Catholic University of America. Medieval literature; Renaissance literature.

Steve KleinAdjunct Instructor in English. B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A., Michigan State University. Cross-platform journalism (print, online, mobile); sports writing; opinion writing; long-form journalism; journalism history.

Benjamin J. LaBreche. Assistant Professor of English.  B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Yale University. English literature and history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; related continental and classical literatures; politics; gender.

Janie Lee.  Assistant Professor of Linguistics.  B.A., Ewha Women’s University; M.A, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara.  Sociolinguistics; discourse analysis; linguistic anthropology; Asian American Studies.  Website.

Jonathan Levin.  Professor of English and University of Mary Washington ProvostA.B., University of Michigan; M.A., UCLA; Ph.D., Rutgers University.  American Literature, 19th century to the present; modernism and postmodernism; environmental studies and environmental writing; higher education.

Eric G. Lorentzen. Associate Professor of English.  B.A., Rowan University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. 19th-century British literature; British novel; cultural studies; critical pedagogy/literacy studies; narrative/literary theory; Dickens; the short story.

Maya Mathur. Associate Professor of English and Associate Department Chair.  B.A., St. Stephen’s College, India. M.A., Ph.D., The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Renaissance literature; cultural studies; comedy and genre theory; gender studies.

Marie E. McAllister. Professor of English. B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Princeton University. Restoration and eighteenth-century literature; travel literature; literature and medicine.

John T. Morello. Professor of Communication and UMW Associate Provost. A.B., College of William and Mary; M.A., Northern Illinois University; Ph.D., Wayne State University. Public speaking; argumentation and debate; political communication; rhetoric; small group communication.

Timothy M. O’Donnell. Professor of Communication and UMW Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Success.   B.A., M.A., Wake Forest University; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Public argument; debate; rhetoric of science; rhetorical theory and criticism.

Jessy J. Ohl. Lecturer in Communication.  B.S., Kansas State University; M.A., The University of Alabama; Ph.D., The University of Nebraska. Political communication; the rhetoric of war; rhetorical theory; democratic deliberation and facilitation.  Website.

Araceli “Shelly” Palomino. Adjunct Instructor in Communication.  B.A., M.A., California State University San Bernardino. Public speaking; intercultural communication; interpersonal communication.

Judith A. Parker. Professor of Linguistics.  B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University. Linguistics, especially psycholinguistics; acoustic phonetics; speech processing; dyslexia; women’s studies.

Jon Pineda. Assistant Professor of English.  B.A., James Madison University; M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University. Creative writing, fiction and poetry.

P. Anand Rao. Associate Professor of Communication.  Director of the Speaking Intensive Program and the Speaking Center.   B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Rhetorical theory and criticism; visual rhetoric; public argument; rhetoric of science.

Colin Rafferty. Associate Professor of English.  B.A., Kansas State University; M.A., Iowa State University; M.F.A., The University of Alabama. Creative writing; creative nonfiction.

Gary Richards.  Associate Professor of English and Department Chair.  B.A., Trinity University (San Antonio); M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. U.S. literature; twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. fiction and drama; southern literature; African American literature; gender and sexuality studies. ON SABBATICAL  2014-2015.

Mary B. Rigsby. Professor of English and Interim Department Chair. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Temple University. Early American literature; literary theory; women’s studies.

Warren G. Rochelle. Professor of English.  B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S., Columbia University; M.F.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Rhetoric and composition (theory, history, pedagogy); science fiction and fantasy; 20th-century American literature; creative writing.  Website.

Amanda Rutstein.  Adjunct Instructor in English.  B.A., University of Mary Washington; M.F.A, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Creative writing; poetry.

Mara N. Scanlon. Professor of English.  B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison. Modern and contemporary poetry and poetics; Asian American literature; genre theory; women’s literature; ethics and literature; digital humanities.  Website. 

Constance F. Smith. Senior Lecturer in English.  B.A., University of Maryland; M.A., University of Pennsylvania. Short fiction; Shakespeare; poetry; women’s studies.

Clarence (Danny) W. Tweedy III. Associate Professor of English.  B.A., Virginia Military Institute; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kentucky. African American literature.

Elizabeth Wade. Adjunct Instructor in English.  B.A., Davidson College; M.A., Ph.D. University of Alabama.  American Literature; creative writing; editing.

Duncan Warner. Adjunct Instructor in English.  B.A., McGill University; M.A., University of Toronto; A.B.D., University of Sussex; A.B.D., University of Toronto; TESL Cert., Concordia University.  Modernism; Shakespeare; Wittgenstein; 18th-Century British novel.

Zach Whalen. Associate Professor of English and Director of the Minor Program in Digital Studies.  B.A., Carson-Newman College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida. New media studies; digital textual studies; comics/graphic narrative; narratology.  Website.