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Faculty & Staff

The English Department's faculty members specialize in a broad range of topics, and each of us holds a Ph.D. or M.F.A. Through a gift of Davidson alumnus John McGee, the college hosts a writer in residence for one semester of each academic year. The McGee Professor is an outstanding writer of national stature, whether a poet, fiction writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, or filmmaker. While on campus, McGee Professors teach writing classes, help direct senior honor theses, and contribute to the life of the college through readings and other appearances.

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Garry Bertholf
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

My research and teaching focus on Africana literature and black critical theory. I am particularly interested in late-19th and early- to mid-20th-century African American literature and literary criticism, as well as the intellectual and cultural history of the African diaspora.

Shireen Campbell

Shireen Campbell (Chair)
Ph.D. Tulane University

My teaching interests include young adult fiction, multicultural children's literature, and contemporary women writers, and I teach several writing courses, including creative nonfiction, memoir, professional writing, and writing with the community. I founded the Writing Center in 1995 and serve as co-director.

Suzanne Churchill

Suzanne Churchill
Ph.D. Princeton University

I specialize in modern British and American poetry, modernism, periodical studies, gender and sexuality, and literature and the visual arts.

Maria Fackler

Maria Fackler
Ph.D. Yale University

I specialize in 20th and 21st-century British literature.

Brenda Flanagan

Brenda Flanagan
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Known internationally for dramatic presentations of my stories and poems, I teach creative writing, Caribbean and African-American literature, as well as literary analysis. 

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Ann M. Fox
Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington

I specialize in modern and contemporary drama, disability studies in literature and art, and graphic medicine. My scholarship on disability, drama, and art has been published widely, and I have co-curated three disability-related visual arts exhibitions.

Randy Ingram

Randy Ingram
Ph.D. Emory University

I specialize in early modern English literature. 

Zoran Kuzmanovich

Zoran Kuzmanovich
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

I teach courses in American and comparative literature, literary criticism, and film.

Cynthia Lewis

Cynthia Lewis
Ph.D. Harvard University

I've been teaching at Davidson for more than 30 years, and my fields are early modern British literature and creative nonfiction.

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Annie Merrill
Ph.D. Emory University

I'm an Americanist who specializes in 19th-century literature and rambles over more extensive interdisciplinary territory, including ecocriticism, environmental literature, American studies, ethnic American literatures, and gender studies.

Paul Miller

Paul Miller
Ph.D. Ohio State University

I specialize in nonfiction writing, film, and literary theory. I'm also co-director of the Writing Center.

Alan Parker

Alan Michael Parker
M.F.A. Columbia University School of the Arts

I'm a poet, novelist, and cultural critic. I teach creative writing, contemporary literature, world literatures, and literature & social change.   

Onita Vaz-Hooper

Onita Vaz
Ph.D. University of Southern California

I specialize in 18th and 19th-century British Literature, particularly Romanticism. My teaching interests also include colonial/postcolonial literature, textual criticism, canon-formation, and literature and medicine.


Kathy Barton

Kathy Barton
Administrative Assistant
A.A. Central Piedmont Community College

I provide administrative support to English Department faculty and their classroom needs, special projects, and management of work study students. I provide planning for multiple guest speakers and events, budget management, calendaring, and room reservations.