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

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Office of Graduate Admissions
Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

MA./Ph.D., 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