Graduate Community

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The English Department fosters a graduate community that is mutually supportive and collaborative. Rather than creating a competitive atmosphere where students battle each other for recognition, UO English Department seminars encourage students to be inquisitive scholars who listen to and learn from one another as well as from the books, archives, and visual media they study together.  

While grounded in literature, culture, and media, many of the professors and graduate students in English, bring transdisciplinary approaches to their research. Graduate student advising is a central part of the graduate student experience, from the Introduction to Graduate Studies course students take in their first term through the final stages of the dissertation and the job search process. 

Current Graduate Faculty*

Stacy Alaimo, Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of English

Michael Aronson, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies

Faith Barter, Assistant Professor of English

Elizabeth Bohls, Associate Head of English, Professor of English

Lara Bovilsky, Associate Professor of English

Kirby Brown, Associate Professor of English

Mattie Burkert, Assistant Professor of English

Mai-Lin Cheng, Professor of English

Stephanie Clark, Associate Professor of English

Ashley Cordes, Assistant Professor of English, Environmental Studies

Jose Cortez, Assistant Professor of English

James Crosswhite, Professor of English

Brent Dawson, Assistant Professor

Sangita Gopal, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies

Kate Kelp-Stebbins, Assistant Professor of English

C. Anne Laskaya, Associate Professor of English

Stephanie LeMenager, Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English

Priscilla Pena Ovalle, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies

Paul Peppis, Professor of English

Forest Pyle, Professor of English

Mark Quigley, Associate Professor

Ben Saunders, Professor of English

Gordon Sayre, Professor of English

Helen Southworth, Professor of English

Courtney Thorsson, Associate Professor of English

Sarah D. Wald, Associate Professor of English, Environmental Studies

Mark Whalan, Head of English, Horn Professor of English

Elizabeth Wheeler, Associate Professor of English

Daniel Wojcik, Professor of English

Mary Wood, Professor of English

*Special note for applicants interested in specializing in film, television, and/or media: MA and PhD students working in these fields take courses and work with faculty in both the English and Cinema Studies departments. MAs and PhDs in film or television are administratively housed in English, but faculty in field are found in both departments – see the many Cinema Studies faculty here. Film and television studies PhD students will receive teacher training in both units but will do much of their teaching in Cinema Studies. Also check out University of Oregon’s graduate certificate in New Media and Culture!

English Graduate Organization

The EGO is run by and for graduate students. They plan events throughout the year, match new graduate students with more advanced mentors, and put on an annual fund-raising book sale open to the entire UO community. English graduate students also organize and lead a number of ongoing reading groups for both graduate students and faculty.

Graduate Student Resource Materials

Graduate Student Handbooks

For prior years please see the Department Resources Page (listed under Graduate Student Materials and Forms section)

Graduate Student Materials and Forms

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"The UO English department offered me deep training in the environmental humanities and Indigenous studies in a time when work at that intersection was hard to find. I found enthusiastic and clarifying support for my work, even from faculty who did not serve on my committees but still offered time and expertise grounded in profound ethical commitments to environmental and social justice. Additionally, through reading groups like English's Mesa Verde and others in philosophy, political theory, and American studies, I built a broad foundation for my interdisciplinary research while also honing my skills as a literary critic. These skills serve me today in my role as an assistant professor in Classics and Humanities at San Diego State University.”

—April Anson, Environmental Studies and English PhD, 2019