The graduate program in English is a focused, collaborative environment between faculty and students that is both rigorous and supportive.

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Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

Ph.D. in English

The English department serves the interests of students who plan to become teachers or writers of literature, as well as those preparing for other professions that put a high premium on cultural analysis, effective writing, symbolic interpretation, or media studies. The program is not designed to grant a terminal M.A. degree. Instead, it is expected that students will proceed beyond the M.A. degree to Ph.D. study.

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John M. Fyler
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Chaucer and Medieval literature
Sonia Hofkosh
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
British romantic literature and Material cultural studies
Jay Cantor
Professor and Director of Creative Writing
Ph.D. , University of California, Santa Cruz
History of consciousness and Modernism
Elizabeth Ammons
Professor and Graduate Director
Ph.D. , University of Illinois
American literature and Literature and environmental justice
Linda Bamber
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Women and literature and Shakespeare
Kevin Dunn
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Yale University
Renaissance literature
Lee Edelman
Ph.D. , Yale University
Literary theory and Film studies
Judith Haber
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Early modern literature and culture and Renaissance dramatic and non-dramatic literature
Joseph Litvak
Professor and Chair (on leave Fall 2015)
Ph.D. , Yale University
Nineteenth-century British literature and Jewish cultural studies
Lisa Lowe
Ph.D. , University of California, Santa Cruz
Modern European and American studies and Critical theory
John Lurz
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Twentieth-century British literature and Media studies and the history book
Modhumita Roy
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , SUNY, Stony Brook
World literature in English and Feminist theory
Christina Sharpe
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Cornell University
Twentieth-century American literature and Multiethnic literature.
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
Jonathan Wilson
Ph.D. , Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
American literature and Creative writing
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
> Official GRE scores

- GRE subject test

> TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation

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

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