Emeritus Faculty

Joseph Alkana Joseph Alkana, Ph.D. (Texas, 1990)
Professor Emeritus 

Fields: 19th-century American literature, Jewish literature.

Author, The Social Self: Nineteenth-Century Psychology and the Writings of Hawthorne, Howells, and William James (1996). Co-editor, Cohesion and Dissent in America (1994).

Ronald B. Newman, Ph.D. (Michigan, 1972) Ronald B. Newman, Ph.D. (Michigan, 1972)
Professor Emeritus 

Fields: Composition, rhetorical theory, Victorian literature.

Author, The Prentice-Hall Diagnostic Test for Writers (1980), The Rinehart Workbook(1988, 2nd ed. 1990), The HBJ Composition Workbook (1992).

Editor, The Life: The Folk Poetry of the Black Hustler (1976).

Frank Palmeri

Frank Palmeri, Ph.D. (Columbia, 1981)
Professor of English and Cooper Fellow in the Humanities, Emeritus


Frank Palmeri has published on comparative literary studies of the 18th and 19th centuries; satire in narrative and graphic forms; conjectural history and the history of social thought; animal studies; and the novels of Thomas Pynchon. In addition to being comparative (primarily involving British, French, German, and American), his work is interdisciplinary—calling on the critical methods of history, visual studies, and philosophy. At the University of Miami, he held courtesy appointments in the departments of Art History, Philosophy, and Classics. 

His most recent book, State of Nature, Stages of Society: Enlightenment Conjectural History and the Origins of Modern Social Thought (2016), is included in Columbia University Press’s Series in Political Thought/Political History: https://cup.columbia.edu/book/state-of-nature-stages-of-society/9780231175166

He has published two other authored books—Satire in Narrative: Petronius, Swift, Gibbon, Melville, Pynchon (1990)  and Satire, History, Novel: Narrative Forms 1665-1815 (2003). He has edited two volumes: Critical Essays on Jonathan Swift (1993) and Humans and Other Animals in 18th Century Britain: Hybridity, Representation, Ethics(2006). His essays have appeared in journals such as ELH: English Literary History, Comparative Literature, Criticism, Postmodern Studies,  SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, and Journal of Critical Animal Studies, as well as numerous edited volumes.

He is currently working on two book projects: Disciplining Radical Satire: Narrative, Caricature, and the Political Imaginary in Nineteenth-Century England; and Animals, Violence ,and Metamorphosis in Early Modern Visual Culture. He is a regular contributor to History News Network.

Sandra P. Paquet, Ph.D. (Connecticut, 1977) Sandra P. Paquet, Ph.D. (Connecticut, 1977)
Professor Emerita 

Professor Sandra Pouchet Paquet teaches Caribbean literature and African-American literature. She is the author of The Novels of George Lamming (1982); Caribbean Autobiography (2002), andco-editor of Music, Memory, Resistance: Calypso and the Caribbean Literary Imagination (2007). She has published widely in Caribbean literature in the leading journals in the field and is the editor of Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal. Dr. Paquet's active research interests include the areas of women's studies, diaspora studies, and autobiography.  

Professor Mihoko Suzuki

Mihoko Suzuki, Ph.D
Professor Emerita

Professor Mihoko Suzuki earned her A.B. in an interdisciplinary major, History and Literature, in the College Scholar Program at Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale University. Her scholarship focuses on Renaissance and early modern literature and culture, English and European, with an emphasis on gender and authorship. She is the author of two books. Metamorphoses of Helen: Authority, Difference, and the Epic examines the figure of Helen of Troy as a figure of difference for literary and political authority in classical and Renaissance epic. Subordinate Subjects: Gender, the Political Nation, and Literary Form in England, 1588-1688, argues for the importance of the contribution of non-aristocratic men and women to the political conversation leading up to, during, and after the tumultuous years of the English Revolution. In addition, she has edited or coedited six books, mostly on gender in the early modern period (Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1700The Rule of Women in Early Modern Europe), but also on contemporary feminist criticism (Diversifying the Discourse). She has also edited the writings of and about Mary Carleton and Elizabeth Cellier, notable (and notorious) women writers in seventeenth-century England, as well as coedited a 4-volume collection of printed and manuscript texts, Women’s Political Writings, 1610-1725. Her most recent book is volume 3 of the 10-volume Palgrave History of British Women’s Writing (1610-90). She has published articles in journals such as Classical and Modern Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Literature Compass, The Seventeenth Century, Theatre Journal, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Women's Writing, among others, and in essay collections, most recently in History of Early Modern Women's Writing (2017). 

Her current research aims to revise the history of political thought, which has heretofore focused almost exclusively on formal treatises written by such thinkers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke, by examining the works of early modern women writing in various genres. She is now completing Antigone’s Example: Women's Political Writings in Times of Civil War, centering on the seventeenth-century civil wars in England (1640-1660) and France (1648-53), but also extending forward to the early fifteenth century (Christine de Pizan) and the early nineteenth century (Helen Maria Williams). She has been awarded research fellowships for this project by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the New York Public Library; during fall 2016 presented three public lectures drawn from this project at Smith College as Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor of Renaissance Studies.

Suzuki coedited along with her University of Miami colleagues, Anne J. Cruz (MLL) and Mary Lindemann (History), six volumes of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2011-17). With Ann Rosalind Jones and Jyotsna Singh, she coedited Transculturalisms, 1400-1700, a book series for Ashgate/Routledge.  She now coedits New Transculturalisms, 1400-1800 for Palgrave Macmillan. She served for many years as review editor for Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History.

She has been an active member of various professional organizations. She is currently the Vice President and President-elect of the International Margaret Cavendish Society (from which she received the 2017 Sylvia Bowerbank Award). She served on the Modern Language Association's Executive Committee of the division on Seventeenth-Century English Literature. She has served on the Advisory Committee of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association and has been the Chair of the selection committee for the William Riley Parker Prize (for the best article in PMLA). She has also been a member of the Executive Council of the Sixteenth Century Studies Society, an association of scholars from all disciplines in early modern studies, including history, art history, religion, history of science, musicology, and literary and cultural studies in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. She has served as President of the interdisciplinary Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, which includes scholars in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish literature, history, history of science, art history, and music, and has served as President of the Women’s Caucus of the Modern Language Association, the professional association of scholars and teachers in English and modern languages. 

At the University of Miami, before she was appointed the inaugural Director of the Center for the Humanities, she served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English, as well as Director of the Program in Women’s Studies.

To view selected articles by Mihoko Suzuki, please visit her Scholarly Repository:   http://works.bepress.com/mihoko_suzuki/

Lindsey Tucker, Ph.D. (Delaware, 1981) Lindsey Tucker, Ph.D. (Delaware, 1981)
Professor Emerita

Fields: Contemporary American, African American and British literature,  postmodern theory, women’s and gender studies, film theory, African New World cultures.

Publications:  Stephen and Bloom and Life’s Feast: Alimentary Symbolism in James Joyce’s “Ulysses”  (1984;  Textual Escap(e)ades: Mobility, Maternity and Textuality in Contemporary Fiction by Women  (1994); editor,  Critical Essays on Iris Murdoch  (1994); editor,  Critical Essays on Angela Carter (1998)

Recently Completed  Project:  The Spaces of Conjure: Fiction, Ethnography and  Diaspora Time