Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Joe CoulombeDr. Joe Coulombe
Professor and Department Chair
coulombe@rowan.edu
856-256-4832

Joe Coulombe earned his B.A. in English and Economics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in 1989 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1994 and 1998 respectively. He has published two books-Mark Twain and the American West (U of Missouri Press 2003) and Reading Native American Literature (Routledge 2011)-as well as several articles on authors ranging from Walt Whitman to Edith Wharton to Sherman Alexie. He is currently working on a series of articles on the function of humor in U.S. fiction. He teaches U.S. literature from the colonial period to the present, and his specialties include Realism and Naturalism and twentieth-century American novels.

Marci CarrasquilloDr. Marci Carrasquillo
Associate Professor
carrasquillo@rowan.edu
856-256-4500 x53473

Marci L. Carrasquillo received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. A two-time Ford Foundation Fellowship recipient, she is currently at work on a book project titled Chueco Roads: Remapping the American Road Trip, which traces the figure of the road in Latina/o literature since the liberation movements of the 1960s. She has published articles on the novels of Oscar "Zeta" Acosta and the coquÌ as a critical symbol of Puerto Rican nationalism. She teaches U.S. Latina/o literature as well as all periods of U.S. literature.

Dustin CrowleyDr. Dustin Crowley
Assistant Professor
crowleyd@rowan.edu
856-256-4500 x53493

Dustin Crowley studied English Writing and Literature at Graceland University, receiving his B.A. in 2004. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in literature and literary theory from the University of Kansas (2008, 2013). His scholarship brings an emphasis on geography and environment to the study of African and postcolonial literature. This work, which is helping to establish the field of geocriticism, has been published in articles for Research in African Literatures and Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, as well as in his book entitled Africa's Narrative Geographies: Charting the Intersections of Geocriticism and Postcolonial Studies. He teaches Literary Studies for English Majors, as well as courses in non-Western world literature.

Claire FalckDr. Claire Falck
Assistant Professor
falck@rowan.edu
856-256-4500 x53492

Claire Falck received her B.A. in English, Art, History, and Visual Art from Bowdoin College (2005), and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006, 2012). Her research focuses on the intersection of visual culture, religious practice, and literary form in early modern English literature. She has articles published in the John Donne Journal and Studies in English Literature, and is currently working on a book project entitled "Radiant Shrines," that analyzes images of God and generic innovation in early modern English Protestant poetry. She teaches the early British literature survey, Shakespeare, and courses on early modern and Renaissance literature.

Bill FriendDr. Bill Freind
Associate Professor
freind@rowan.edu
856-256-4500 ext. 53489

Bill Freind earned his A.B. in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. He has edited the collection Scubadivers and Chrysanthemums: Essays on the Poetry of Araki Yasusada (Shearsman 2011), and has published two collections of poetry: American Field Couches (BlazeVox 2008) and An Anthology (housepress 2000). He teaches courses on U.S. literature and twentieth and twenty-first-century poetry.

Emily HydeDr. Emily Hyde
Assistant Professor
hyde@rowan.edu
856-256-4500 x53487

Emily Hyde graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University, taught for two years in the English Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2013. Her book project, A Way of Seeing: Postcolonial Modernism at Midcentury, examines the global forms of mid-20th-century literature through the vexed status of the visual. An article from this project on Chinua Achebe and illustration has appeared in PMLA. Other work has appeared in Literature Compass, Public Books and in the collections Around 1945 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), Auden at Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and The Pocket Instructor: Literature (Princeton University Press, 2015). Her research interests include comparative modernisms, postcolonial literature and theory, and the intersection of photography and literature. She teaches “Modern Times,” an Honors course on modernism and the science of time, as well as “Critical Methods for English Majors,” Seminar 1: “Travelling Fictions,” and Special Topics: “What is World Literature?”

Zena MeadowsongDr. Zena Meadowsong
Associate Professor
meadowsong@rowan.edu 
856-256-4483

Zena Meadowsong received her B.A. in English from Princeton University (1999) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Stanford University (2004, 2006). Her research focuses on the relationship between the historical process of mechanization and narrative innovation in nineteenth and twentieth-century fiction. She has essays published in Studies in American Naturalism, Nineteenth-Century Literature, the Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism, and the James Joyce Quarterly, and is currently at work on a book project entitled Mechanization and the Making of the Modern Novel: Naturalism, Modernism, Postmodernism. She teaches the British literature surveys, Literary Studies for English Majors, and courses on modernism and modern fiction.

Catherine ParrishDr. Catherine Parrish
Associate Professor
parrish@rowan.edu
856-256-4324

Catherine Parrish received her B.A. from Chatham College in 1982 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1984 and 1992. She is working on a biography of nineteenth-century New England poet Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and teaches literature of the American Renaissance as well as environmental literature. She regularly teaches Literary Studies for English Majors, surveys in U.S. literature, and Seminars.

Bruce PlourdeDr. Bruce Plourde
Instructor
plourde@rowan.edu
856-256-4500 x64067

Bruce Plourde received his A.B. from Davidson College, his M.A. from Wake Forest University, and his Ph.D. from Temple University. A recent Fulbright lecturer in China, he continues to combine his background in American literature and culture with his interest in Asia. He has published articles on popular culture as well as American literature and history. He teaches courses on U.S. and international literature, literary theory, and grammar.

Kate SlaterDr. Kate Slater
Assistant Professor
Bunce Hall, Rm 346
slaterk@rowan.edu
856-256-4500 ext. 53091

Kate Slater received her B.A. in English from Sonoma State University (2006) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego (2010, 2013). Her research and teaching focuses primarily on twentieth- and twenty-first century children’s and young adult literature. She’s published academic articles in Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, The Lion and the Unicorn, and the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, as well as chapters in edited book collections. Currently, she’s at work on a book project titled Sights and Sites: The Geographies of Image-texts for Children. She teaches Children’s Literature: Texts and Contexts, Honors Children’s Literature, Literary Studies for English Majors, and a capstone seminar on queer young adult literature.

Timothy ViatorDr. Timothy Viator
Professor
viator@rowan.edu
856-256-4066

Timothy J. Viator earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from The University of Louisiana and his Ph.D. from Auburn University. He has published twenty-five essays and articles focusing on theatre history, bibliography, critical analyses of drama and poetry, as well as pedagogy. His current projects include a book manuscript, Teaching Romeo and Juliet, and editing the four-volume critical edition of The Plays of Colley Cibber, under contract with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. He teaches a range of courses, from surveys of British literature to British and American drama, courses in Shakespeare, and classes in humor and cultural studies.

Cindy VittoDr. Cindy Vitto
Professor
vitto@rowan.edu
856-256-4500 x53494

Cindy Vitto received her B.A. from Susquehanna University, her M.A. from Duke University, and her Ph.D. from Rice University. She is the author of Grammar by Diagram, a college-level textbook; The Virtuous Pagan in Medieval Literature, a monograph; and several articles dealing with medieval and Renaissance literature. She has also co-edited two volumes of collected essays, The Rusted Hauberk: Feudal Ideals of Order and Their Decline and New Perspectives on Criseyde. She teaches American English Grammar and British literature from Beowulf to 1800, specializing in medieval literature.

3/4 time and Staff

Melinda Distafano
distefano@rowan.edu 

Jacqueline Garlitos, MFA
garlitos@rowan.edu

Dana Harrison
harrisond@rowan.edu

Nissa Lee
leen@rowan.edu


Christina SampsonChristina Sampson
Office Manager
856-256-4065
sampson@rowan.edu