English Department Statement on Anti-AAPI Violence

On behalf of the English Department at UConn

In the aftermath of the horrific Atlanta killings and the dramatic rise in the number of hate crimes against Asian and Asian Americans nationally, and especially against women of Asian descent, we call on all faculty and students in our department to fight against Anti-Asian racism, hatred, sexism, misogyny, and violence in all its forms, ones that have a long and terrifying history in the U.S and a long history at our own institution as well. This violence must stop. We stand with Asian and Asian American students and faculty at UConn and Asian and Asian Americans communities across the country and world to condemn this violence and dismantle the racism and sexism that produce it. In so doing, we will be guided by our colleagues and students who have dedicated their scholarly careers to studying and advocating for racial justice and gender equity.

To attend the event below, contact fred.lee@uconn.edu



How Racism and Sexism Intertwine to Torment Asian-American Women - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

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Why Study English?


"Perhaps the most powerful argument for why students (and their parents) might want to think twice about abandoning humanities is the data. The National Center for Education Statistics also keeps track of pay and unemployment rates by major.

There’s no denying that the typical computer science major makes more money shortly after graduation than the typical English major.

Contrary to popular belief, English majors ages 25 to 29 had a lower unemployment rate in 2017 than math and computer science majors."

Read the rest of this article and see more arguments for studying English.


The Department of English is hiring for a non-tenure track faculty position on the UConn Waterbury campus! Details on the position and how to apply are available through the job posting now.

Reopening Campus: ON, TOGETHER

Welcome Back, Huskies: The Plan to Reopen UConn for 2020-21

The University of Connecticut is actively planning to welcome our new and returning students, faculty, and staff back to our campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to working together with public health experts and our state to maintain a quality UConn educational experience while keeping our community healthy.

You can find more information about the University's plans here.

To contact the English Department, please email english@uconn.edu or call 860-486-2141.

Upcoming Events

  1. May 8 Northeast National Writing Project Virtual Conference9:00am
  2. May 13 CWP Leadership Council5:30pm
  3. May 14 Connecticut Student Writers Recognition Night5:00pm
  4. May 15 CWP Summer Institute Orientation9:00am
  5. May 15 CWP Teacher-as-Writer10:00am
  6. May 22 Connecticut Council of Teachers of English Virtual Conference8:15am
  7. Jun 10 CWP Leadership Council5:30pm


  • Professor Greg Pierrot wins UCHI’s Sharon Harris Book Award
    Professor Greg Pierrot was recently awarded the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute’s Sharon Harris Annual Book Award, which is given to a UConn faculty member whose monograph best demonstrates scholarly depth, intellectual acuity, and the importance of humanities scholarship. The awarded book, The Black Avenger in Atlantic Culture, analyzes the black avenger archetype and what meaning it […]
  • Professor Sarkar featured in The Sundial
    Professor Debapriya Sarkar was recently published in The Sundial, Arizona State University’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies’ publication. Professor Sarkar is an Assistant Professor of English and Maritime Studies at the Avery Point campus. Congratulations!
  • Professor Brenda Brueggemann named SDS 2020 Senior Scholar
    Professor Brenda Jo Brueggemann was recognized as the Society for Disability Studies’ 2020 Senior Scholar. Creating an intersection between Rhetoric & Composition and Deaf Studies in her works, Brueggemann has contributed greatly to the breadth of Disability Studies and its interdisciplinary nature. Her mentorship and encouragement of future Disability Studies and Rhetoric scholars only further […]
  • Matthew Jones (PhD ’20) to University of Florida
    Matthew Jones (PhD ’20) has accepted a permanent Lecturer position at the University of Florida’s University Writing Program. In addition to teaching advanced writing courses for the department, he will be working with universities across the globe to establish deeper international partnerships between various academic institutions. Congratulations, Matthew!
  • Mia Yanosy, ’21 (CLAS), Wins National Award for Fiction Writing
    The Department of English would like to give a big congratulations to Mia Yanosy, ’21 (CLAS), a senior English major who recently won a 2021 AWP Intro Journals Award in Fiction for her story, titled “The Most Ordinary Thing.” The Intro Journals Project, run by the Association of Writers & Writer Programs (or AWP), is […]
  • Professor Anna Mae Duane featured in Smithsonian Magazine article for James McCune Smith
    Professor Anna Mae Duane was featured in Smithsonian Magazine for her work on James McCune Smith and others. The article touches on the inspiring relationship between Smith and his classmate, which the professor outlines in her book Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys who Grew Up to Change a Nation. Congratulations, Anna!

Connecticut Student Writers Recognition Night

On May 14, please visit the website of the Connecticut Writing Project for the 33rd annual Recognition Night for Connecticut Student Writers magazine. The event is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Neag School of Education, the Early College Experience program, and the Dodd Center for Human Rights. This year's keynote speaker will be Veera Hiranandani, the author of the award winning The Night Diaries.