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Our Mission

The Department of English creates and teaches knowledge about literature, poetics, writing, media, language and cultures in the English-speaking world. The Department serves constituents both inside and outside the university — including interdisciplinary programs, service-learning projects and the discipline at large — and prepares students for careers inside and outside of academia. We believe that the analytical study of our sub-disciplines helps develop logical thought, awareness of the complexity of texts and of value judgments, apprehension of others’ points of view, and imagination. English studies can expand creative, communicative and cognitive capacities; can sharpen the ability to make difficult judgments; and can help us understand societies, times and cultures different from our own.

What We Care About

  • Human connection: community and communication
  • Finding meaning(s) in life
  • Making a difference in the world
  • Active, participatory learning
  • Textual production, creation and expression
  • Artifacts of language: books, media, writing, comics, talk
  • The arts of persuasion
  • The pleasures of analysis
  • The ways language structures the world and the self
  • Structural change for social justice
  • The history and future of English(es)
  • The interdependency of form and content



Upcoming Events

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Recent News

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Rebecca Roth

As Ohio gets ready to mark a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, the Department of English…

The Department of English is excited to congratulate PhD student Elise Robbins, who was awarded a 2023-24 Graduate Associate Teaching Award! Robbins is one…

By Anushka Mukherjee

In April of 2023, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 171 outstanding individuals the Guggenheim Fellowship to help them pursue their work in any field of work. The department’s…

By Anushka Mukherjee

In the spring of 2021, Amrita Dhar and Dr. Amrita Sen of the University of Calcutta co-led a seminar, “Shakespeare in the ‘Post’Colonies,” at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual…

People Directory

Seth Demmel
Department Ambassador/Student Administrative Assistant
Theodore B.  Jasper
Front Desk Student Staff/Department Ambassador
Seonoh  Kim
PhD in English Student
Michael Grifka
PhD in English Student