The graduate program in English provides rigorous academics and a supportive environment for students to achieve their goals as thinkers and scholars. 

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Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

Ph.D. in English

The English Department at Tufts University provides a supportive, collaborative environment for rigorous graduate study and professional development. Faculty and students work together to ensure all students achieve their goals as thinkers and scholars. The collective expertise of our distinguished faculty covers a wide range of historical periods, authors, literary and aesthetic movements, and critical discourses. Special interests among our faculty include black cultural studies; Marxist, feminist, and queer perspectives on literature and culture; postcolonial and multicultural studies; visual and material culture; poststructuralist theory; affect theory; science studies; and environmental humanities. 

After undergoing supervised training to help them master the necessary skills, our students gain valuable teaching experience by designing and offering their own courses as Graduate Instructors in Tufts' First-Year Writing Program. The strong training that the department provides and the experience students acquire as independent classroom teachers prepares our Ph.D. candidates for a competitive job market. Our recent Ph.D. recipients have secured faculty positions, including on the tenure-track, as well as other academic positions as teachers, program directors, and administrators. Our students have also been successful in winning prestigious post-doctoral fellowships, including multi-year teaching fellowships.


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Sonia Hofkosh
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
British Romanticism, Feminist Theory, Visual and Material Culture
Modhumita Roy
Associate Professor and Interim Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. , SUNY, Stony Brook
World literature in English and Feminist theory
Elizabeth Ammons
Professor and Graduate Director
Ph.D. , University of Illinois
American literature and Literature and environmental justice
Kevin Dunn
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Yale University
Renaissance literature
Lee Edelman
Ph.D. , Yale University
Literary theory and Film studies
John M. Fyler
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Chaucer and Medieval literature
Judith Haber
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Early modern literature and culture and Renaissance dramatic and non-dramatic literature
Assistant Professor of English
Jess Keiser
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Cornell University
Eighteenth-century British literature, science and literature
Joseph Litvak
Ph.D. , Yale University
Nineteenth-century British literature and Jewish cultural studies
John Lurz
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Twentieth-century British literature and Media studies and the history book
Ichiro Takayoshi
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Columbia University
American literature and American culture
Greg Thomas
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
African American literature and Philosophy and critical theory
Nathan Wolff
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Nineteenth-century American literature and Affect/emotion

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15

Application Requirements:

> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Writing sample
> GRE no longer required
> TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Associate Professor Modhumita Roy.

Department of English

6 The Green
210 East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Phone: 617.627.3459
Fax: 617.627.3606
E-mail: english@tufts.edu