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

contemporary American Literature, literary theory

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 McReynolds

Administrative Secretary

2000 Lee Hall

(662) 325-3644

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

Shalyn Claggett

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

2505 Lee Hall


  • Ph.D.  2005  Vanderbilt University
  • M.A.  2001  Vanderbilt University
  • B.A.  2000  Truman State University

Nineteenth-century British literature, literary theory, science and literature

Shalyn Claggett teaches courses on nineteenth-century British literature and literary theory. Her book Equal Natures: Popular Brain Science and Victorian Women's Writing (... more

Courtney Dueitt


Director of Composition

2512 Lee Hall

  • M.A., Mississippi State University

Loree Rios


Director of the Writing Center

Writing Center (President's Circle)

  • M.A., Mississippi State University