Administrative Staff

Daniel Punday


Head of the Department of English

2004 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 1995 The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. 1990 The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. 1988 University of Pittsburgh

Post-Doctoral Institutes

  • School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Summer 1998
  • Summer Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies, West Virginia University, Summer 1997

Literary theory and aesthetics , American Literature.

Dan Punday began his service as Head of the Department of English at Mississippi State University in July, 2016. He has previously served as Head of the Department of English... more

Diana Brown

Business Manager

2015 Lee Hall

(662) 325-2317

Lisa McReyonlds

Administrative Secretary

2000 Lee Hall

(662) 325-3644

Ann Spurlock


Director of the Composition Program, Co-Director of the Mississippi State QEP initiative

2306 Lee Hall

  • M.A., Mississippi State University

Ann Spurlock serves as Co-Director of the Mississippi State University Quality Enhancedment Plan (QEP) focusing on Writing Across the Curriculum. She has served as director... more

Ginger Pizer

Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies

2305 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 2008 University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. 2002 University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. 1994 Brown University

Linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology

Ginger Pizer teaches courses in linguistics and linguistic anthropology. Her research combines approaches from sociolinguistics and first language acquisition to investigate... more

Lara Dodds


Director of Graduate Studies

2304 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 2004 Brown University
  • A.M. 1999 Brown University
  • B.A. 1997 DePauw University

Milton, Early Modern British Literature, Early Modern Women’s Writing, Research Methods

Lara Dodds specializes in seventeenth-century literature, with a particular focus on Milton and on early modern women’s writing. She teaches undergraduate and graduate... more

Kayleigh Few


Director, the Writing Center

Writing Center (President's Circle)

  • M.A., Mississippi State University