Department of English

Faculty & Staff

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

Faculty

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 literatures. 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 (www.comparativedramaconference.org). 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

Associate Professor

Orlando 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. 

James Driggers

James Driggers

Lecturer

Orlando Hall - Room 106

T: 407.646.2629

BA, University of Georgia
MFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Before coming to Rollins, Mr. Driggers taught writing and humanities at UNC Asheville from 2001-2012; he also served as director of creative writing in his final year there. He has also authored two plays, numerous short stories, some of which have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Rapid River Review, and in the 2010 Saints and Sinners Festival Anthology of new fiction. His collection of Southern Gothic novellas, Lovesick, published in 2015, was nominated for the Lambda Literary award.

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

Professor

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).

Curriculum Vitae

Ben Hudson

Ben Hudson

Assistant Professor

Carnegie Hall - Room 137

407-646-2605

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.

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

Lecturer

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

Associate Professor of English

Carnegie Hall - Room 113

T. 407.646.2666

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

Dr. Mathew's research and teaching focus on the literature and culture of medieval and early modern England, with concentrations in alliterative poetry, 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.

Maurice O'Sullivan

Maurice O'Sullivan

Professor of English

Carnegie Hall - Room 105

T. 407.646.2662

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

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

In addition to articles on literature and pedagogy, he has published The Florida Reader (1991); Florida in Poetry (1995); Smith's Book of Job (1996); Crime Fiction and Films in the Sunshine State (1997); Shakespeare's Other Lives (1997); Elizabeth and Orange Pulp (2000); Shakespeare Plays the Classroom (2003).

Amy Parziale

Visiting Professor

Carnegie Hall - Room 110

T. 407.646.2719

B.A. Roanoke College
M.A. University of Colorado-Boulder
Ph.D. University of Arizona

Dr. Parz's teaching and research interests include 20th/21st century multi-ethnic American literature; film, visual, and cultural studies; women's and gender studies; and the representation of trauma, disaster, and diaspora.

Paul Reich

Paul Reich

Associate Professor

Carnegie Hall - Room 101

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

Associate Professor

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 theories of embodiment. Her book, Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative, and the Body Politic (Rutgers University Press, 2011), is part of the Mellon Foundation's American Literatures Initiative

Kristin Winet

Kristin Winet

Assistant Professor

Carnegie Hall - Room 136

T. 407.646.1931

Ryan Winet

Lecturer

Orlando Hall - Room 112

Anne Zimmermann

Lecturer

Orlando Hall - Room 110

T. 407.691.1705

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

Staff

Jessica Love McKown

Jessica Love McKown

Administrative Assistant

Carnegie Hall - Room 201

T. 407.646.2666

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

Ed Cohen

Professor

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

Professor Cohen's primary field is Victorian studies. His major publications include Works of Criticism of Ferard Manley Hopkins (1969), The Henley-Stevenson Quarrel (1974), Ebenezer Cooke: The Sotweed Canon (1975), and A Song of Glasgow Town: The Collected Poems of Marion Bernstein (2013). He has held research fellowships at the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinbergh University, and the National Humanities Center.

Curriculum Vitae

Phillip Deaver

Professor

B.A. St. Joseph's College
M.A. Ball State University
Ph.D. University of Virginia

Professor Deaver teaches Creative Writing and Contemporary American Short Fiction. His publications include the story collection Silent Retreats (winner, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction), which includes "Arcola Girls" (O. Henry Prize Stories, 1988), and a poetry collection, How Men Pray. He has edited an anthology of baseball essays, Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball and co-edited an anthology of the work of nationally significant local writers, The Orlando Group and Friends.

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

Professor

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

Professor Nordstrom's area of specialty is the English Renaissance, and his teaching includes Shakespearean and Renaissance literature, major English writings, and personal essay writing.

His publications include The Good Life, According to Me; Come, Spirit; Ped-Antics and Soul Search Sonnets.

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.

Twila Papay

M.F.A., Cornell University

Lezlie Laws

Professor Emerita of English

B.A., Clarion University of Pennsylvania
M.A.. Purdue University
Ph.D. Purdue University

Professor Papay specializes in composition and rhetorical analysis, personal and travel writing, journal studies, science fiction, and romantic literature. She has widely published on rhetoric, pedagogy, science fiction, and eighteenth and nineteenth century literature.

Department of English
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave. – 2766
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2666
jlove@rollins.edu