Faculty

English Department faculty
Front row from left to right: Akira Yatshuashi, Daniel Payne, Amie Doughty, Kathryn Finin, Konstantina Karageorgos. Back row from left to right: Suzanne Black (Chair), Roger Hecht, Gwen Crane, George Hovis, Jonathan Sadow
Bob Bensen

Dr. Robert Bensen, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 314
607-436-2493
Robert.Bensen@oneonta.edu

Click here to listen to Robert Bensen's interview with Trish Pearlman on her "Out of Bounds" radio show.

http://outofboundsradioshow.com/exc_audio_post/robert-bensen/

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Suzanne Black

Dr. Suzanne Black

Associate Professor, Department Chair
Netzer 322
607-436-3035
Suzanne.Black@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021)
Courses (Spring 2021):

Suzanne Black, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2000, came to Oneonta in Fall 2008 after several years teaching in Indiana and Minnesota. She teaches courses in modern world literature, professional writing, and composition. In addition to her literature background (a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Michigan), she has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and experience as a grant writer.

She remains interested in popular science writing and in more humanistic aspects of the sciences, such as scientific images and overlaps between literature and the sciences. Her current research focuses on visuals in molecular biology and on the influence of scientific inquiry on the poets W. H. Auden, Fernando Pessoa, Francis Ponge, Muriel Rukeyser, Paul Valery, and William Carlos Williams. She is also revising a translation of Julio Dinis's 1868 novel An English Family, about British wine merchants in Portugal.

Martin Christiansen

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Netzer 319
mart1023@yahoo.com

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 100 - Composition

Martin Christiansen earned an M.A. from Central Michigan University in 1998.

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Gwen Crane

Dr. Gwen Crane

Professor
Netzer 313
607-436-2493
Gwen.Crane@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 200- Advanced Composition
ELIT 240 - Medieval English Literature
ELIT 270 - Shakespeare

Having completed her B.A. at UCLA and her Ph.D. at Princeton, Dr. Crane joined the Oneonta faculty in 1992. She directed the English Department’s Graduate Program from 1993-2001, and served as Department Chair from 1998 to 2005. She teaches courses in British Medieval and Renaissance Literature, early World Literatures, and Composition. Dr. Crane has received Mellon Foundation and NEH grants to support her studies in philology and medieval poetry. Dr. Crane was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006, along with the SUNY Oneonta Outstanding Advisor and Mentor Award for that same year. She is interested in the history of rhetoric, textual iconography, and the literary representation of intellectual and spiritual authority. Before arriving at Oneonta, she worked as an editor for Macmillan, Scribner’s, and the UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Laura Dohner

Dr. Laura Dohner

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 319
607-436-2493
Laura.Dohner@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021:


Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 100 - Composition
LITR 206 - Children's Literature in the Classroom

Laura Dohner earned a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, 2017.

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Amie A. Doughty

Dr. Amie Doughty

Professor
Netzer 322
607-436-2493
Amie.Doughty@oneonta.edu

Amie Doughty's Website

Office Hours (Spring 2021):
MWF 10-11, contact Dr. Doughty to schedule a Teams appointment.


Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 100 - Composition
LING 201 - Language and Society
WLIT 231 - Mythology

Dr. Doughty joined the faculty in Fall 2006 after spending several years teaching at Lake Superior State University in Michigan. She earned her MA from Indiana State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. A generalist, she has taught classes in linguistics, composition, and literature, particularly children's literature, fantasy, and folk literature. She is the author of Folktales Retold: A Critical Overview of Stories Updated for Children (2006) and "Throw the book away": Reading versus Experience in Children's Fantasy (2013). Dr. Doughty's research interests are varied but lean toward the intersection of literature and linguistics, as well as language in popular culture.

Her research includes papers examining magic and technology in the Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and Faerie Wars series; language attitudes about the Junie B. Jones series; environmentalism in children's and YA fantasy; gender in urban fantasy by women; and storytelling, fate, and self-determination in Robin McKinley's folktale revisions. She is the Area Chair of the Children's and YA Literature and Culture area of the Popular Culture Association and the editor of the collection Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture: A Mosaic of Criticism (2016).

Mark S. Ferrara

Dr. Mark Ferrara

Associate Professor
Physical Science 139
607-436-2427
Mark.Ferrara@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):


Courses (Spring 2021)

COMP 275 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop
LITR 100 - Themes in Literature
WLIT 281 - The Chinese Novel

Mark S. Ferrara, Ph.D. University of Denver, 2004, is the author of several books, including Palace of Ashes (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), Sacred Bliss (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), and New Seeds of Profit (Lexington Books, 2019). His new monograph, American Socialism (Rutgers University Press, 2020), tells the oft-forgotten story of four centuries of American communitarianism and highlights a long legacy of homegrown socialism as community building that predates the egalitarian visions of the "utopian socialists," the publication of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto (1848), and the founding of the Socialist Party of America in 1901.

Ferrara has taught for universities in the United States, South Korea, China, and on a Fulbright scholarship in Turkey. His courses are internationally focused, interdisciplinary, and aim to raise critical insight of other cultures through their literatures.

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Racheal Fest

Dr. Racheal Fest

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 319
607-436-2493
Racheal.Fest@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

Courses (Spring 2021):
ALIT 250 - African-American Literature
COMP 290 - Writing About Literature
WLIT 270 - Postcolonial Lit & Cult: Africa

Racheal Fest completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Her teaching and research focus on US literature, culture, and politics from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Broadly, her work considers the ways US traditions understand the nature and function of creative human activity. Recent projects do so by putting contemporary and modernist artists in conversation with neoliberal economists. General areas of interest include poetry and poetics, modernism, contemporary popular culture, new media, and the history of literary theory and criticism.

Dr. Fest’s essays and interviews (peer-reviewed and public) have appeared in boundary 2and b2o: an online journal, Politics/Letters, and elsewhere. Find her at www.rachealfest.com.

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Dr. Kathryn Finin

Associate Professor
Fitzelle 358
607-436-3036
Kathryn.Finin@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

Bb Collaborate


Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 200 - Advanced Composition
ELIT 371 - Shakespeare and Culture
LITR 247 - Environmental Humanities

Dr. Finin joined the English Department in 2003, after teaching Shakespeare and Literary/Critical Theory for several years as a part-time instructor at SUNY-Oneonta.In 2001, she received the college’s Simphiwe Hlatswayo Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching. Dr. Finin received her doctorate from Binghamton University in 1997, earning the Distinguished Research Award for her work on English Renaissance Drama. She has presented many scholarly papers at The Shakespeare Association of America, as well as other conferences, and published several essays on plays by Shakespeare, Webster, and Middleton.

Dr. Finin's teaching interests include courses on Shakespeare, Early Modern English literature, literary and critical theory, and various introductory survey courses. Currently, Dr. Finin is involved in two major research projects: one on Shakespeare’s female icons and a second on early modern English writers’ representations of Ireland and its people in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. She is developing courses on Spenser's The Faerie Queene and the notoriously fluid genre of Romance in English Literature. In addition to her teaching and scholarly interests, Dr. Finin is a trained labyrinth facilitator who offers various community labyrinth walks, lectures and workshops.

J. Michael Green

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 322
607-436-2493

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Roger Hecht

Dr. Roger Hecht

Associate Professor
Netzer 321
607-436-3033
Roger.Hecht@oneonta.edu

Office hours (Spring 2021):
On Sabbatical

Courses

Dr. Hecht joined the English Department as an Assistant Professor in 2006, after teaching literature and creative writing as a full-time lecturer at SUNY, Oneonta for several years. Dr. Hecht earned his MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona (1990) and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University (2002). His dissertation addressed the intersection of politics and landscape representation in early American literature. He has published essays on James Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

His books include two edited anthologies: The Erie Canal Reader: 1790-1950 (Syracuse University Press, 2004)-literary writings about the Erie Canal-and Freemen Awake!: Rally Songs and Poems from New York's Anti-Rent Movement (Delaware County Historical Association (2017). His poetry has been published widely in literary journals and websites, such as Denver Quarterly, Prick of the Spindle, Sheila-Na-Gig on-line, and Yes Poetry. His first poetry collection is Talking Pictures (Cervena Barva Press, 2012). Dr. Hecht is currently researching a book on environmental themes in the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. He teaches courses in American literature, Literary/Critical Theory, and Creative Writing.

George Hovis

Dr. George Hovis

Professor
Fitzelle 362
607-436-2571
George.Hovis@oneonta.edu

“George Hovis publishes debut novel.” See article from “Carolina Weekly”

"Thomas Wolfe and the Lost Generation" lecture
at Boston Athenaeum

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

Online

Courses (Spring 2021):
ALIT 201 - American Literature 1865 - Present
COMP 371 - Advanced Fiction Workshop
LITR 100 - Themes in Literature

George Hovis earned a PhD from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and was on the faculty at Murray State University before coming to SUNY Oneonta in 2006, where he is currently a professor of English. His teaching and research interests lie in the areas of American literature, fiction writing, creative writing, and literature of the American South, especially as it addresses issues of race in America.

His debut novel, The Skin Artist (SFK Press, 2019), was nominated for the 2019 Sir Walter Raleigh Award. His short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has been honored as a 2018 prize winner in The Carolina Quarterly’s national contest “Wake and Dream Again,” selected by Daniel Wallace. His nonfiction has received the 2007 Denny C. Plattner Award from Appalachian Heritage magazine. His stories, essays, and poetry have appeared widely, in anthologies and in journals such as Southern Cultures, The North Carolina Literary Review, The Mississippi Quarterly, The Fourth River, Stone Canoe, The Southern Literary Journal, The Thomas Wolfe Review, New Madrid, Appalachian Heritage, and The Carolina Quarterly. His book of literary scholarship Vale of Humility: Plain Folk in Contemporary North Carolina Fiction was published in 2007 by the University of South Carolina Press. George has served as President of the Thomas Wolfe Society and has attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. In 2017 he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. More information available at www.georgehovis.net

George Hovis CV

Richard Lee

Dr. Richard Lee

Professor
Fitzelle 367
607-436-3332
Richard.Lee@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

in Teams

Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 390 - Capstone in English
LITR 100 - Themes in Literature
WLIT 250 - European Literature & Culture

An alumnus of SUNY Oneonta for his B.A. in 1980 and M.A. in 1990, Professor Lee completed his doctoral work in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University in 2000. He has lectured and taught in China, South Africa, and throughout the United States, and was the first recipient of the Simphiwe Hlatswayo Teaching Award at Oneonta in 1998. He received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, and the SUNY Oneonta Outstanding Advisor Award in 2003. He teaches courses in world literatures and literary theory as well as composition. His recent publications include an introductory text for advanced high-school students, Globalization, Language, and Culture, articles on short fiction, theoretical issues, and cross-cultural concerns.

Dr. Joshua Lewis

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 314
607-436-3446
Joshua.Lewis@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):
MW 3-3:50 or by appointment (Zoom)

Courses: (Fall 2020):
COMP 100 - Composition

Joshua Lewis has taught composition at various institutions, such as SUNY Broome Community College, Hartwick College, and SUNY Oneonta. He received his Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University, and he has been part of the Greater Binghamton Community for over 13 years. In his spare time, he writes poetry and fiction along with facilitating poetry workshops at the Broome County Arts Council, an organization dedicated to serving the arts.

Quinn Lewis

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 322
607-436-2493

Office Hours (Spring 2021):
(Microsoft Teams)


Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 150 - Intro to Creative Writing (2 sections)

Dr. Bambi Lobdell

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Netzer 314
607-436-3446
Bambi.Lobdell@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

Courses (Spring 2021):
LITR 308 - Queer Literature

Dr. Lobdell earned her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2007.

Arielle Ortiz

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 322
607-436-3033

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

via Blackboard, or by appointment


Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 100 - Composition (2 sections)

Daniel Payne

Dr. Daniel Payne

Distinguished Teaching Professor
Netzer 322
607-436-2493
Daniel.Payne@oneonta.edu

Daniel Payne's Website

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

Courses (Spring 2021):
ALIT 374 - Hawthorne and Melville
COMP 150 - Intro to Creative Writing
LITR 150 - Intro to Literary Studies

Since Dr. Payne began teaching at SUNY Oneonta in the fall 2001 semester, he has created several new courses including creative writing workshops in screenwriting and creative nonfiction, and courses in American and environmental literature such as Hawthorne and Melville, Environmental Literature, Rachel Carson, and The River as Metaphor and Reality. Prior to teaching at SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Payne earned a J.D. at Albany Law School, and his experience as a practicing attorney included service as Counsel to the New York State Senate Transportation Committee. He then completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo, where his dissertation was a multidisciplinary study of American Nature Writing and Environmental Politics.

His book-length works include Voices in the Wilderness: American Nature Writing and Environmental Politics (1996); The Palgrave Environmental Reader (2005); Writing the Land: John Burroughs and His Legacy (2008); Why Read Thoreau’s Walden? (2013); and Orion on the Dunes: A Biography of Henry Beston (2016). Dr. Payne also directs the biannual John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar, commonly referred to as the “Sharp Eyes” Conference, at SUNY Oneonta. In 2012, Dr. Payne was honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Michael Peters

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 314
607-436-2493

Office Hours (Spring 2021):


Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 100 - Composition
COMP 239 - Technical and Professional Writing

Stephen Rice

Adjunct Lecturer
Milne Library 234
607-436-3156
Stephen.Rice@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

Courses (Spring 2021):

Stephen Rice earned an M.A. at SUNY Oneonta

Jonathan Sadow

Dr. Jonathan Sadow

Associate Professor
Fitzelle 173
607-436-2459
jonathan.sadow@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

on Zoom


Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 290 - Writing About Literature
ELIT 243 - 18th Century English Literature
LITR 250 - Approaches to Literature

Jonathan Sadow is a specialist in eighteenth-century British literature who received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He teaches classes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature that emphasize shifting conceptions of fiction, poetry, theater, gender, print culture, philosophy, and empire, as well as courses on literary theory, postmodernism, and irony. He has published articles and book chapters on genre, gender, puppets, and bagels. His recent chapter "Moral and Generic Corruption in Fenwick's Secresy" is part of the book collection Didactic Novels and British Women's Writing, 1790-1820, ed. Hilary Havens (Routledge 2017). He is affiliated with the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and his current research interests primarily involve eighteenth-century women writers like Eliza Fenwick, Charlotte Smith, and Eliza Haywood.

Bianca Tredennick

Dr. Bianca Tredennick

Associate Professor
Fitzelle 360
607-436-2395
Bianca.Tredennick@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):

MW 9:30-11 by appointment on Blackboard site.


Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 100 - Composition
ELIT 245 - British Writers - Romantic Age
LITR 100 - Themes in Literature

Dr. Tredennick is a specialist in nineteenth-century British literature, especially the novel. Her dissertation explores a materialist metaphorics of death prevalent in this era. She continues to like texts with corpses in them. Prior to coming to SUNY, Oneonta, Dr. Tredennick taught at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. In addition to creepy Victorian stuff, her interests include composition (no, really), the Seattle Mariners, and Grand Theft Auto. She is the author of the predictably morbid "'A Labor of Death and a Labor against Death': Scott's Cenotaphic Paratexts" (European Romantic Review) and "Some Collections of Mortality: Dickens, the Paris Morgue, and the Material Corpse" (Victorian Review), and she is the editor of the less cadaverous Victorian Transformations, 2011.

Simone Tucker

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 322
607-436-2493

Office Hours (Spring 2021):
(or by appointment) Zoom and/or Microsoft Teams


Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 100 - Composition (2 sections)

Andrew Tully

Adjunct Lecturer
Netzer 314
607-436-3116
AndrewTully@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):
or by appointment (email to set up appointment)

Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 100 - Composition (2 sections)

Andrew Tully earned an M.F.A. from Emerson College, 1994.

Emily Vogel

Emily Vogel

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Netzer 314
607-436-3116
Emily.Vogel@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):
by appointment Online

Courses (Spring 2021):
COMP 100 -Composition (2 sections)

Emily Vogel is an adjunct lecturer of creative writing. Her poetry has been published widely, most recently in Omniverse, The Paterson Literary Review, Lips, City Lit Rag, Luna Luna, Maggy, Lyre Lyre, The Comstock Review, The Broome Review, Tiferet, The San Pedro River Review, and 2 Bridges Review, among several others. She is the author of five chapbooks, and a full-length collection, The Philosopher's Wife, published in 2011 by Chester River Press, a collaborative book of poetry, West of Home, with her husband Joe Weil (Blast Press), and a recently released collection, First Words (NYQ Books). She has work forthcoming in The Boston Review and Omniverse. She teaches writing at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College, and lives with her husband, the poet Joe Weil, and their two children, Clare and Gabriel.

Akira Yatsuhashi

Dr. Akira Yatsuhashi

Associate Professor
Fitzelle 359
607-436-3900
Akira.Yatsuhashi@oneonta.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2021):
email for an appointment

Courses (Spring 2021):
AGRK 102 - Intro to Ancient Greek II
COMP 100 - Composition
WLIT 394 - SpTp: Odysseys Ancient & Modern

Akira Yatsuhashi joined the English Department in 2011 after teaching Classics in the Upper Midwest. He earned his Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Duke University (2010) and also holds MAs in Classics (Tufts, 2003) and Comparative Literature and Japanese Poetics (Dartmouth, 2001). He teaches courses in Greek and Roman literature, Greek and Latin language, and composition. His research focuses on the uses of literature and scholarly writing in shaping and defining cultural and ethnic identity in colonial and imperial contexts. He is currently researching the role the Library of Alexandria and its literary products played in allowing elites reimagine and reorder their cultural pasts in the wake of the conquests of Alexander of the Great.

Department Chair

Dr. Suzanne Black
Professor, Department Chair
Netzer 322
607-436-3035
suzanne.black@oneonta.edu

Secretary

Ruth Carr

Ruth.Carr@oneonta.edu
322 Netzer Administration Building
(607) 436-3446

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