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Gautam Basu Thakur studio portraitGautam Basu Thakur, Assistant Professor
Director, Hemingway Literary Center
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Interests: Critical theory, Victorian literature, postcolonial studies, British literature of the Empire, psychoanalysis, Thing theory | (208) 426-4261 | LA-225

jenniferblack_smJennifer Black, Lecturer
Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies, Boston University
Interests: Shakespeare, online teaching, Renaissance literature, English composition, higher education | (208) 426-7022 (voicemail only) | LA-211D

anncampbell_smAnn Campbell, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in English, Emory University
Interests: Marriage and family in British eighteenth-century novels, development of the novel from the eighteenth century forward | (208) 426-1956 | LA-205A

kimcartercram_smKim Carter-Cram, Lecturer
Ph.D. in French, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Interests: 20th century literature, women’s autobiography, French language, philosophy | (208) 426-4808

ralphclare_smRalph Clare, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in English Literature, Stony Brook University
Interests: Intersections of literature, culture, economics, and politics, especially in the post-1945 period | (208) 426-4264 | LA-209I

elizabethcook_smElizabeth Marie Cook, Lecturer
M.A. in English, Boise State University
Interests: Medieval literature, art and fashion history | SMTC-103B

matthewhansen_smMatthew C. Hansen, Associate Professor
Director of Literature & Humanities
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Interests: Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, Renaissance poetry and prose, performance theory, scholarship of teaching & learning, scholarship of engagement | (208) 426-1215 | LA-205

samanthaharvey_smSamantha Harvey, Professor
Ph.D. in English Literature, Cambridge University
Dr. Harvey’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century British poetry and prose, transatlantic Romanticism, and the environmental humanities. She is the organizer and host of The Idea of Nature lecture series. | (208) 426-4234 | LA-409G

tomhillard_smTom J. Hillard, Associate Professor
Director of M.A. in English
Ph.D. in English, University of Arizona
Interests: Early American and 19th-century American literature, ecocriticism/literature and the environment, Gothic literature | (208) 426-2991 | LA-233

Cheryl Hindrichs, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in English, The Ohio State University
Interests: Twentieth-century British literature; literary criticism and theory; modernist, gender, film, and disability studies; World War One and the Influenza Pandemic | (208) 426-7072 | LA-232

reshmimukherjee_smReshmi Mukherjee, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Interests: Global Anglophone and Francophone literature of South Asia and Africa, gender studies, postcolonial theory, biopolitics, refugee studies | (208) 426-1145 | LA-226

jacquelineoconnor_smJacqueline O’Connor, Professor
Ph.D. in English, University of California at Davis
Interests: American drama, Tennessee Williams, 20th/21st-century American literature, law and humanities | (208) 426-7090 | LA-209C

stevenolsensmith_smSteven Olsen-Smith, Professor
Ph.D. in English, University of Delaware
Interests: Melville and Whitman, early and 19th-Century American literature, digital applications and approaches in literary studies | (208) 426-7085 | LA-223

tarapenry_smTara Penry, Professor
Ph.D. in English, Fordham University
Interests: Nineteenth-century literary periodicals of the U.S.; literary history of affect in the West; literature of the California Gold Rush; sentimentalism, gender, and popular culture | LA-209E

doraramirez_smDora Ramirez, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Ethnic Literature, New Mexico State University
Interests: Chicana/o literature and rhetoric, 19th Century and contemporary ethnic literature, women’s studies, film studies | (208) 426-7081 | LA-209D

mactest_smEdward “Mac” Test, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
Mac spent 13 years on the high seas as a fisherman, and is known for regaling his students with great sea tales. Now in his second career, Mac is an enthusiastic Renaissance scholar and translator of Spanish. | (208) 426-2138 | LA-222

jeffwestover_new_smJeff Westover, Associate Professor
Internships Coordinator
Ph.D. in English, Boston College
Jeff Westover teaches modern and contemporary American literature, film, graphic novels, and even old-fashioned written texts. Etymology is a subject near to his heart. | (208) 426-1232 | LA-211C

lindamariezaerr_smLinda Marie Zaerr, Professor
Ph.D. in English, University of Washington
Linda Marie Zaerr teaches medieval adventure stories, and games in medieval literature. She plays the medieval vielle as a way of exploring and demonstrating medieval entertainment. | LA-211G