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Faculty & Staff

Meet the faculty and staff of the Rollins Department of English.


Vidhu Aggarwal

Professor of English

Carnegie Hall - Room 102

T. 407.646.2387

B.A. University of Chicago
M.A. University of Southern California
Ph.D. University of Southern California

Professor Aggarwal's field is contemporary and modernist poetry and poetics, with specialties in visual culture and Anglophone literature. Her poetry and photo-text works have appeared in a number of journals.

William Boles

William Boles

Professor of English

Carnegie Hall - Room 106

T. 407.646.2216

B.A. Wake Forest
M.A. University of Maine
Ph.D. University of Tennessee

William Boles is the author of The Argumentative Theatre of Joe Penhall (McFarland, 2011) and Understanding David Henry Hwang (University of South Carolina, 2013). He currently directs the Comparative Drama Conference, an international conference of theatre scholars and professionals across multiple disciplines. In addition, he is a co-founder of the David Henry Hwang Society.

Victoria Brown

Victoria Brown

Assistant Professor of English

Carnegie Hall - Room 115

T. 407.646.2047

Professor Brown teaches fiction and creative nonfiction. In addition to creative writing, she also teaches transnational literature with a focus on contemporary Caribbean writers and post-colonial theory. She is the author of the novel, Minding Ben (Hyperion, 2011), and has published numerous short stories and works of creative nonfiction.
Martha Cheng

Martha Cheng


Carnegie Hall - Room 104

T. 407.646.2603

B.A. Christendom College
M.A. Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Cheng's field is rhetoric. Her areas of teaching and research include rhetorical theory, argumentation, visual rhetoric, discourse studies, and professional writing. She has published and presented papers on practical reasoning, narrative manifestations of ethos, and rhetorical strategies in self-help discourse. 

Matthew Forsythe

Matthew Forsythe

Assistant Professor

Carnegie Hall - Room 135

T. 407.691.1341

B.A. Calvin College
M.A. University of Tennessee
Ph.D. University of Georgia

Dr. Forsythe specializes in writing fiction and creative nonfiction. In addition to writing workshops, he teaches courses on American literature, the wilderness, and reading & writing about sports. His research interests include the fragmentation in early American literature and the elusive narrator in 20th century fiction.

Carol Frost


Carnegie Hall - Room 138

T. 407.646.2839

B.A. SUNY, Oneonta
M.A. Syracuse University

Professor Frost teaches poetry and directs Winter with the Writers. Along with essays in aesthetics, her poetry publications include Honeycomb (2010), The Queen’s Desertion (2006), I Will Say Beauty (2003), Love and Scorn (2000), New and Selected Poems (2000), Venus and Don Juan (1996), and Pure (1993).

Ben Hudson

Ben Hudson

Assistant Professor

Carnegie Hall - Room 101


B.A. New York University
M.A. New York University
Ph.D. University of Georgia

Professor Hudson's research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century British literature; his secondary interests are in aestheticism, sexuality studies, and the intellectual history of amateurism. His current manuscript Exquisite Amateurs explores dilettantism as a crucial intellectual ideal at the fin de siecle. His research has appeared recently in Victorian Poetry and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

Suzanne Jamir

Visiting Professor

Carnegie Hall 115

Jill Jones

Jill Jones

Professor of English

Carneige Hall - Room 103

T. 407.646.2528

B.A. University of New Hampshire
M.A. University of New Hampshire
Ph.D. Tufts University

Jill Colvin Jones is Professor of English at Rollins College where she teaches courses that include American Literature, popular culture, and African-American Literature; also, Monsters in Literature and Film, Mean Girls, and Breaking Bad and the Great American Novel. Jones has published articles and chapters on mystery novels, Zora Neale Hurston, Harriet E. Wilson, Toni Morrison, Majorie Kinnan Rawlings, James Weldon Johnson, Connie May Fowler, and Jerry Springer and the Puritans. She also pops off in the press from time to time, from The New York Times to the Orlando Sentinel, and you can find her on podcasts and local television stations giving her opinions on Hurston, Hemingway, Huckabee, and hair products.

Lucy Littler

Lucy Littler


Orlando Hall - Room 102

T. 407.646.2502

B.A. North Carolina State University
M.A. Appalachian State University
Ph.D. Florida State University

Dr. Littler’s field is twentieth-century American literature. Her research and teaching interests include American exceptionalism and the meanings of race in contemporary American culture.

Jana Mathews

Jana Mathews

Department Chair / Professor

Carnegie Hall - Room 113

T. 407.646.2666

Ph.D. Duke University
M.A. University of Colorado
B.A. Brigham Young University

Dr. Mathews' research and teaching focus on the literature and culture of medieval and early modern England, with concentrations in legal studies, material culture, and kingship. Essays have appeared in numerous collections as well as in Fragments, The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and Notes & Queries. Secondary scholarly and pedagogical interests include career and life planning and collegiate sororities and fraternities.

Paul Reich

Paul Reich

Associate Professor

Carnegie Hall - Room 105

T. 407.691.1273

A.B. Rollins College
M.A. Purdue University
Ph.D. Purdue University

Professor Reich's areas of teaching and research include late 19th and 20th century American literature, African American literature, the American West, interdisciplinary studies and popular culture.

Emily Russell

Emily Russell


Carnegie Hall - Room 114

T. 407.691.1340

B.A. Cornell University
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Russell's field is American literature with an emphasis in 20th and 21st century fiction, the multiethnic novel, and medical humanities. She is the author of Transplant Fictions: A Cultural Study of Organ Exchange (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019) and Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative, and the Body Politic (Rutgers University Press, 2011).

Anne Zimmermann


Orlando Hall - Room 110

T. 407.691.1705

B.A. Westminster College
M.F.A. Purdue University

Emeritus Faculty

Barbara Carson

Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Professor of English (1979-2007)

B.A., Florida State University
M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Ed Cohen


B.A. University of Maryland
M.A. University of Iowa
Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Margaret "Maggie" Dunn

Professor of English, and Coordinator of English Major and Minor in the Hamilton Holt School (1989-2008)

B.A. and M.A. Stetson University
Ph.D. Indiana University at Bloomington

Alan Nordstrom


A.B. Yale University
M.A. University of Michigan
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Maurice O'Sullivan

Professor of English (1975-2020)

A.B. Fairfield University
M.A. Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University

Professor O'Sullivan specialized in 18th-century English literature, minority literature, popular culture, and Florida studies.

Kenneth Curry Professor of Literature

Steve Phelan

Professor of English (1971-2007)

B.A. and M.A., Stetson University
Ph.D., Indiana University at Bloomington.

Thaddeus Seymour

Professor of English and President Emeritus, (1978-1990)

A.B., The Pontifical College Josephinum
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Jean West

Irving Bacheller Chair of Creative Writing (1972-1997)

B.A. University of California at Berkeley
M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lezlie Laws

Professor Emerita of English

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia