English Literature and Creative Writing Faculty

English Literature Faculty

A. J. Bermudez

Visiting Asst. Professor


A. J. BERMUDEZ is an award-winning writer, director, and educator. Her first book, Stories No One Hopes Are About Them (University of Iowa Press, 2022), won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a Lambda Award Finalist. Her work has recently appeared in The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, LitHub, Columbia Journal, and...

Robert Casillo, Ph.D.



(305) 284-5592
Author, The Genealogy of Demons: Anti-Semitism, Fascism, and the Myths of Ezra Pound (1988), The Empire of Stereotypes: Germaine de Stael and the Idea of Italy (2006); Gangster Priest: The Italian American Cinema of Martin Scorsese (2006).

Donette Francis

Assoc. Professor
Director for the Center for Global Black Studies


(305) 284-5608
Donette Francis is director for the Center for Global Black Studies and past director the American Studies Program at the University of Miami. An Associate Professor of English and founding member of the Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Collective, her research and writing investigate place, aesthetics and cultural politics in the African...

Kathryn S Freeman



(305) 284-3986
Kathryn Freeman, whose fields are British Romanticism, Orientalism, Blake studies, and women’s literature, received her PhD from Yale in 1990.  She is the author of Blake’s Nostos: Fragmentation and Nondualism in The Four Zoas (SUNY 1997); Women Writers and the Asiatic Society of Bengal,...

John R. Funchion

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-5607
Personal Web Page John Funchion’s essays have appeared in Early American Literature, Modern Language Quarterly, Modernist Cultures, and The Henry James Review. He recently completed a series of final revisions on his first book, States of Nostalgia: the Aesthetics of Antagonism in the Nineteenth-Century...

Tassie K Gwilliam

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-4468
Author: Samuel Richardson’s Fictions of Gender (Stanford 1993); articles in Novel, Journal of the History of Sexuality, ELH, Representations, and Body and Text in the Eighteenth Century. Dr. Gwilliam’s teaching focuses on the encounters between popular culture and...

Pamela S Hammons



(305) 284-5612
Dr. Hammons specializes in early modern English and medieval literature, manuscript culture, poetry, women’s writing, and theories of gender and sexuality. She is the author of Gender, Sexuality, and Material Objects in English Renaissance Verse (Ashgate 2010), Poetic Resistance: English Women Writers and the...

Kelly Baker Josephs



(305) 284-2183
Kelly Baker Josephs specializes in Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Digital Humanities. She is author of Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Lit­erature(University of Virginia Press, 2013), co-editor of The Digital Black Atlantic (University of...

Catherine Anne Judd

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-2182
Catherine Judd received her masters in Comparative Literature in '86 and her PhD in English Literature in '91 both from UC Berkeley, and is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida. She has written a book on Victorian nursing and articles on various nineteenth-century topics...

Patrick A. McCarthy



(305) 284-2920
Pat McCarthy teaches a wide range of courses, from introductory surveys of European literary masterpieces and British literature to upper division and graduate courses on modern British and Irish writers. Although he is best known as a scholar for his many publications on James Joyce and Malcolm Lowry, he has wide research interests in the areas...

Marlon Moore

Assoc. Professor
Director, Africana Studies Program


(305) 284-4076
Marlon Moore is interested in African American literary and popular culture of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries with special concern for how black LGBTQ identities intersect with other experiences and identifications, including (religious and secular) spirituality, disability, and the black south. Her work has appeared in...

Brenna M Munro

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-5574
Brenna Munro specializes in queer and postcolonial studies, Anglophone African literature, and queer global writing and cinema. Her first book, South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in LGBT...

Joel T Nickels

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-5614
Joel Nickels focuses on world literature and American and British Literature since 1900. His current book project is entitled Poetic Depth: Literature and the Philosophy of Life, and he has published two other literary theory books.

Elizabeth Oldman

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-5366
Elizabeth Oldman is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A., English), Yale University (M.A., English), and New York University (Ph.D., English), and has studied at Leiden University and The Hague. Her research interests include Renaissance literature, the history of law and political thought, the literature and philosophy of war, gender studies,...

Charlotte D. Rogers

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-4071
Dr. Charlotte Rogers has published in journals and periodicals in three disciplines: literature (including prose and poetry in the English Journal, Jewish Spectator, Classical Outlook, and Explicator), reading and learning disabilities (including in the Journal of Reading, Reading Improvement, and Journal of Learning Disabilities), and law...

John Paul Russo

Chair of Classics Department


(786) 200-0803

Patricia J. Saunders

Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Faculty Lead - UMIA


(305) 284-3829
Prof. Saunders is an associate professor of English at the University of Miami and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Faculty Lead at the Miami Insitutite for the Advanced Study of the Americas. Her research and scholarship focus largely on the relationship between sexual identity and national identity in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her...

Peter Schmitt

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-2175
Peter Schmitt is the author of four full-length collections of poems: Goodbye, Apostrophe (Regal House); Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books); Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press).  He has also published two chapbooks: Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear, both from Pudding...

Frank H. Stringfellow, Jr.

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-4073

Timothy P Watson

Director of Undergraduate Studies


(305) 284-3818
Tim Watson teaches first-year writing about literature and the environment, as well as 19th- to 21st-century literatures in English. He is currently writing Mango: A Florida Cultural History, a trade book about mango trees and the people who grew them in the early twentieth century, under contract with the University Press of Florida. He is the...

Creative Writing Faculty

Chantel Acevedo

Advisor of Sinking City Literary Journal
Director of Graduate Studies


Called "a master storyteller" by Kirkus Reviews, Chantel Acevedo is the author of the novels Love and Ghost Letters, winner of the Latino International Book Award, A Falling Star, winner of the Doris Bakwin Prize, The Distant Marvels, which was a finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in...

Jaswinder Bolina

Associate Professor
Chair of English Department
Chair of Creative Writing Department


(305) 284-2113
Personal Site Jaswinder Bolina’s English as a Second Language and Other Poems is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in October 2023.  His debut collection of essays Of Color (2020) is available now from McSweeney’s.  His previous books include The 44th...

Patricia A Engel

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-2182 x2182
Patricia Engel is the author of five works of fiction. Her most recent book, a short story collection titled The Faraway World, was published in January 2023 and named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Washington Post Notable Book, and a Boston Globe Best Book of the...

M. Evelina Galang



(305) 284-5573
M. Evelina Galang is the author of the story collection Her Wild American Self (Coffee House Press, 1996), novels One Tribe (New Issues Press, 2006) and Angel De La Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery (Coffee House Press, 2013), the nonfiction work Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War (Curbstone Books, 2017), and the editor of...

Amina Gautier, Ph.D.



(305) 284-2561
Amina Gautier is the 2021-2022 Arthur E. and Alice F. Adams Charitable Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation, the 2022-2023 Letras Boricuas Fellow, and the 2021-2024 University of Miami Gabelli Senior Scholar. Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things (2016), which won the Elixir Press Award...

Mia Angela Leonin

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-2114
Mia Leonin is the author of four poetry collections: Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child (BkMk Press), Braid, Unraveling the Bed, and Chance Born (Anhinga Press), and a memoir, Havana and Other Missing Fathers (University of Arizona Press). Leonin has published poetry and creative nonfiction in New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, Indiana Review,...

Kei Miller



Kei Miller is the author of 11 books that range across genres – fiction, nonfiction and poetry. He is interested both in that movement between genres and between creative writing and literary scholarship.  In 2014 he won the Forward Prize for Poetry for The Cartographer Tries to Map A Way To Zion. His Novel Augustown won the...