Graduate Faculty

Thomas Anderson

Professor

Director, Office of Prestigious External Scholarships,
Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College

Interim Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs,
College of Arts & Sciences

2002 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 2002 Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. 2000 Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. 1998 Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. 1990 English Literature, History, Vanderbilt University

Shakespeare, Critical Theory, Early Modern British Literature

Thomas Anderson specializes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature, especially drama from Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He teaches undergraduate and... more

Ted Atkinson

Associate Professor

Editor of the Mississippi Quarterly

2010 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 2001 Louisiana State University
  • M.A. 1996 Mississippi College
  • B.A. 1990 University of Mississippi

Southern studies; U.S. literature, 1900-present

Ted Atkinson joined the MSU faculty in 2009 and has served as editor of Mississippi Quarterly since 2012. His areas of research and teaching interest include southern studies... more

Greg Bentley

Associate Professor

2506 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. University of California at Davis
  • M.A. California State University, Fresno
  • B.A. California State University, Fresno

Renaissance literature, drama

Greg Bentley received his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Fresno, and he earned his Ph.D at the University of California at Davis. He joined the English... more

Shalyn Claggett

Associate Professor

2502 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. She is the co-editor (with Lara Karpenko) of Strange Science: Investigating the... more

Peter DeGabriele

Associate Professor

2003 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 2009 The University at Buffalo-SUNY
  • M.A. 2006 The University at Buffalo-SUNY
  • B.A. 2002 The Australian National University

Eighteenth-Century British Literature; Literary Theory

Peter DeGabriele specialises in the study of eighteenth century literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the relation between literary texts and the political... more

Lara Dodds

Professor

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

Katherine Flowers

Assistant Professor

2012 Lee Hall

  • PhD  2017  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA  2013  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BA  2010  University of Washington
  • BS  2010  University of Washington

Academic, digital, public, and professional writing

Katherine Flowers specializes in writing studies and teaches courses in academic, digital, public, and professional writing. Her research interests include language policy,... more

Becky Hagenston

Professor

2006 Lee Hall

  • M.A., New Mexico State University, 2000
  • M.F.A., University of Arizona, 1997
  • B.A., Elizabethtown College, 1989

Creative writing, fiction

Becky Hagenston grew up in Maryland and received her MFA from the University of Arizona and her MA from New Mexico State. She is the author of three award-winning story... more

Wendy Herd

Associate Professor

TESOL Director

Dr. Herd coordinates the TESOL Study Abroad opportunity.

Dr. Herd is able to sometimes offer undergraduate research assistantships. Contact her for details.

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  • Ph.D.   2011    University of Kansas
  • M.A.    2007    University of Kansas
  • M.A.    2004    Missouri State University
  • B.A.    1995    University of Missouri

Linguistics, phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, research methods in linguistics

Wendy Herd is a linguist with research interests in phonetics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and second language acquisition. She uses experimental methods to... more

Holly Johnson

Professor

2005 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 2001 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A. 1989 The University of Maryland
  • B.A. 1987 The University of Maryland

Old and Middle English Literature

Holly Johnson teaches courses in medieval English literature and specializes in late medieval sermons. Her recent volume, The Grammar of Good Friday: Macaronic Sermons of... more

Michael Kardos

Associate Professor

Co-Director of Creative Writing

Editor of Jabberwock Review

2308 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 2003 University of Missouri
  • M.F.A. 2000 The Ohio State University
  • B.A. 1992 Princeton University

Creative writing, fiction, 20th/21st century American literature

Michael Kardos co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State. He is the author of the novels Before He Finds Her (Grove Atlantic/Mysterious Press, 2015) and... more

Matthew Little

Associate Professor

2510 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 1975 University of Chicago
  • M.A. 1972 University of Chicago
  • B.A. 1971 University of California at Berkeley

American literature, Legal writing

Matthew Little received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971, his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1972, and his Ph.D. from the University of... more

Richard Lyons

Professor

2505 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. University of Houston
  • M.F.A. University of Arizona
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts

Creative writing, poetry

A former winner of the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, Richard Lyons received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.F.A.... more

Kelly Marsh

Professor

Faculty Associate, Center for Teaching and Learning Mississippi State University

2504 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 1997 The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. 1993 The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. 1990 Dartmouth College

Contemporary literature, the British and Irish novel since 1900, women and literature, narrative theory

Kelly Marsh teaches courses on British and Irish literature since 1900, contemporary literature, women’s literature, and narrative theory.  She is a Faculty Associate with... more

Elizabeth Miller

Assistant Professor

2312 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park. 2016.
  • M.A. University of Alabama. 2011.
  • B.A. Mississippi College. 2009.

Rhetorical history and theory, digital rhetoric, and academic writing.

Elizabeth Miller’s research interests include rhetorical history and theory, public writing, and genre studies. Her current book project examines civil rights mass meetings,... more

Bonnie O'Neill

Associate Professor

2508 Lee Hall

  • BA, 1995, Hamilton College
  • MA, 1997, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ph. D., 2003, Washington University in St. Louis

Literary celebrity and the history of authorship, early American literature, nineteenth-century American literature, American women writers, American culture studies

Bonnie Carr O’Neill (B.A. Hamilton College, M.A. and Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis) teaches American literature before 1900. Her research focuses on nineteenth-... more

Catherine Pierce

Associate Professor

Co-Director of Creative Writing

2310 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2007
  • M.F.A., The Ohio State University, 2003
  • B.A., Susquehanna University, 2000

Creative Writing, poetry, 20th and 21st Century American literature

Catherine Pierce co-directs MSU's creative writing program, and teaches classes in creative writing and American literature. She is the author of three books of poems: The... 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, including Introduction to Linguistics, Language & Society, Descriptive English Grammar, and the History of the English... more

Daniel Punday

Professor

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

Donald Shaffer

Associate Professor

Mentor, Shackouls Honors College Presidential Scholars

2311 Lee Hall

African American literature

Dr. Donald Shaffer holds a joint appointment to the English Department and the African American Studies Program. more

Megan Smith

Assistant Professor

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  • Ph.D. Second Language Studies, Michigan State University, 2016
  • M.A. Applied Linguistics, Texas Tech University, 2012
  • B.A. New York University, Linguistics and East Asian Studies, 2007

Second language acquisition, linguistics, psycholinguistics, language teaching methods

Megan Smith is a linguist with an interest in second language (L2) acquisition, and particularly in L2 syntax and psycholinguistics. Her research focuses on whether non-... more

Andrea Spain

Associate Professor

2515 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 2009 University at Buffalo, Comparative Literature
  • M.A. 2004 University at Buffalo, Comparative Literature
  • M.A. 2000 Colorado State University, English
  • B.A. 1994 Colorado State University, English

Postcolonial Literature, World Literature, Critical Theory, Film

Andrea Spain specializes in late twentieth-century and contemporary postcolonial literature, with a focus on post-apartheid South African Literature and culture. She teaches... more

Eric Vivier

Assistant Professor

Faculty Fellow, Shackouls Honors College

2011 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA 2007 University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • AB 2005 Duke University

Sixteenth Century Literature, Shakespeare, Satire, Cultural Studies

Eric Vivier specializes in sixteenth and seventeenth century drama, satire, and religious history, with a particular interest in Shakespeare’s contemporaries. He teaches... more

Jervette Ward

Associate Professor

  • PhD    University of Memphis

African-American Literature, Contemporary Cultural Studies

Professor Ward received her PhD from the University of Memphis in Literary and Cultural Studies. She did her dissertation on Zora Neale Hurston, and has published most... more

Robert West

Professor

2008 Lee Hall

  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. Wake Forest University

American, British, and Irish literature after 1900

Robert West is the editor of The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons, published by Norton.Robert West (B.A., Wake Forest; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill... more