Graduate Program in English

Welcome to our Community of Scholars! We hope that this website will welcome and inform prospective and new members of our community, and continue to engage and update our current students, faculty, and staff.

We are proud to be among the nation’s highest-ranked doctoral programs and to be the top public doctoral program in the Northeast, according to the National Research Council rankings.

We value our sense of community because we believe that a convergence of expert, caring, and interesting scholars at every level, from undergraduates to emeriti faculty, will promote the holistic development of our graduate students. We stress professional development in scholarship, teaching, and career preparation. Our approximately sixty faculty members provide intellectual excitement as they share their expertise and enthusiasm through their seminars and their supervision of independent work and dissertations. In addition, we stress the development of future college teachers through a seminar on pedagogy and through the mentored teaching of courses from freshman composition through upper-level literature courses. Our graduate students prepare to enter the profession by taking courses in advanced research methods and professional development skills. We also offer an array of relevant and necessary workshops on topics such as publishing and grant writing. Our English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) provides professional and work/life support as well as fun. Our community of scholars is productive and successful as indicated by our consistently high placement rate of PhDs in tenure-track jobs despite a tough job market.

Please explore and enjoy this website and engage with us in our Community of Scholars.

Charles Mahoney, Director of Graduate Studies




Director of Graduate Studies

charles mahoney Charles Mahoney
Office:Austin 219
Phone: (860) 486-2282

Associate Director of Graduate Studies

victoria ford smith Victoria Ford Smith
Office: Austin 122
Phone: (860) 486-3959

Administrative Services Specialist

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Office: Austin 234
Phone: (860) 486-2329

Graduate Program News

Folger 2015 Seminar Members Announced

Congratulations to both George Moore (English) and Jeremy De’Angelo (Medieval Studies), both of whom have been accepted into the Folger Library’s spring 2015 seminar, “The Scale of Catastrophe: Ecology and Transition, Medieval to Modern.”

Research Fellowships Announced

May, 2014. Congratulations to English PhD candidates Gordon Fraser and Christina Henderson, who have been awarded dissertation fellowships from the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute for the academic year 2014-15.

Graduate Student receives National Award

October 2013. Miller Oberman, PhD candidate in poetry and poetics, is the first student ever to receive one of the country’s top awards for poetry translation, Poetry magazine’s John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize. The award honors the single best translation published in the magazine during the year. Miller’s translation, “Old English Rune Poem,” was published in the magazine in June. Previous awardees include Pulitzer Prize-winner Rita Dove, National Book Critics’ Circle Award-winner Clare Cavenaugh, and National Book Award-winner Marilyn Hacker. Congratulations, Miller!

Graduate Student’s First Book Published

October 2013. Congratulations to Sean Forbes, Director of the Creative Writing Program and English graduate program alum, on the publication of his first book, Providencia: A Book of Poems. A coming-of-age narrative, this collection traces the experience of a gay, mixed-race narrator who confronts the traditions of his parents’ and grandparents’ birthplace: the seemingly idyllic island of Providencia, Colombia, against the backdrop of his rough and lonely life in Southside Jamaica, Queens. Written in both free verse and traditional poetic forms, Providencia conjures numerous voices, images, and characters to explore the struggles of self-discovery.

2013 Aetna Critical Writing Awards Announced

October 2013. A tie for first place has been given for English PhD students Joseph Darda and Jorge Santos for the Twenty-Fourth Annual Aetna Writing Prize.  Third Place went to English PhD student Chad Jewett and Honorable Mention went to English PhD student Alaina Kaus. Many congratulations to all!