Meet the Faculty of the Department of English


Full-Time Faculty


Donald P. Gagnon
Ph.D., University of South Florid

MA in English Coordinator, American Studies Coordinator

Professor of English
Office: Berkshire Hall Rm. 223

Office Hours Fall 2017:  M: 8-9 a.m., VPA 237; 1-2:30 p.m., BR 223; T: 3-5 p.m., BR 223; W:  8-9 a.m., VPA 237; 3-4:30 p.m., BR 223
Phone: 203-837-9062   Email:
American literature and drama; ethnic literature; g/l/b/t literature. . .

Michael J. Chappell Ph. D., Fordham University

Professor of English
Office: Berkshire Hall Rm. 210D

Office Hours Fall 2017:  M/W 8-10:30; T 10-10:30
Phone: 203-837-9366  Email: 18th-century British literature, especially the Age of Johnson; literature of  the Beat period; poetry; critical theory. . . [more]


Anam K. Govardhan  
Ph.D., Madras University, India.,
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University.  
Professor of English  
Office: Berkshire Hall Rm. 210A

Office Hours Fall 2017:  M/W: 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.; T:4:55 to 5:25 p.m.
Phone: 203-837-9247  Email:  
A specialist in 18th century British literature, Indian literature in English, applied linguistics, and rhetoric and composition. . .

Heather Levy
Ph.D., Binghamton University

Professor of English
Office: Berkshire Hall Rm. 212D

Office Hours Fall 2017: T/R: 10:30 am to 10:50 am and 12:05 -1:40 pm; W: 9:30am to 10:30am
Phone: 203-837-3272 Email:

Dr. Levy's research interests include Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, animal rights the short story as a genre and narratives of the sea. Other interests include greyhound welfare, aviation and kayaking.


Margaret P. Murray
Ph. D., New York University
Professor of English
Office: Berkshire Hall Rm. 212B

Office Hours Fall 2017: M,W: 8-9:25 a.m.; M: 12-1; 4:20-5:20; T:10-10:30 and by appt.

Phone: 203-837-9120 Email:
19th-century American literature; American regional literature; American women writers; Wharton and Freeman; colonial American literature; American Studies; Women Studies. .

Ingrid Pruss
Ph. D., Vanderbilt University
Associate Professor of English
Office: Berkshire Hall Rm. 225

Office Hours Fall 2017: T/R: 7:15-8:00am; T: 1:45-2:30pm; W 7:15-9:30am; R: 1:45-2:15pm

Phone: 203-837-9071 Email:
16th-and 17th-century British literature;  Women Studies; critical theory; Old Testament Studies. . .


Shouhua Qi
Ph. D., Illinois State University
Department Chairperson
Professor of English
Office: Berkshire Hall Rm. 210F
Office Hours Fall 2017:
T/R: 9:00am-10:30am, 12:30pm-1:00pm; W: 11:00am-12:00pm; and by appointment  
Phone: 203-837-9048 Email: /
Victorian literature; Hardy; the English novel; American short fiction; genre studies; literary translation, creative writing. . .



Çiğdem Üsekes  Ph. D., University of North Dakota
Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences

Professor of English
Office: Berkshire Hall Rm. 210E

Office Hours Fall 2017:  M/T 12:00-1:30 pm, W 3:00-5:00 pm & by appointment
Phone: 203-837-9329  Email:
Drama, especially modern drama;  American drama; African American  drama,  fiction, and nonfiction; race studies; Woolf; 20th-century  American 
literature. . . [more]






Margaret Judith (Judy) Sullivan
M.A., St. John's University
Professor of English Emeritus
Medieval literature; Chaucer; Shakespeare; children's literature; drama; African American literature; African literature.



Ms. Laurel Richards
Higgins Hall Rm. 205
(203)837-9041 /



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