Department of English



Student Reading

NRC ChartThe National Research Council ranks the University of Rochester English Department among the best PhD programs in the country.

Graduate programs at the University of Rochester offer students the scholarly resources and intellectual energy of a major research institution in an environment that permits close personal attention and open exchange. Students in the English Department interact with a faculty of active scholars and teachers whose publications and professional engagements continue to garner national and international recognition.

Distinguished Faculty

Our faculty’s achievements have been widely recognized through a variety of awards, prizes, editorial positions, and other honors, including fellowships from such institutions as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, and the American Council of Learned Societies; the Fulbright, Guggenheim, Mellon, and Rockefeller Foundations; and the Huntington, Newberry, and Folger Libraries. Current faculty include:

Areas of Strength

Centrally committed to literary study across the full range of British and American literatures, the University of Rochester’s English Department is known for its combination of aesthetic, formal, and historical analysis – blending both close-reading and theoretical approaches. Each of the core strengths of our program offers a variety of opportunities for involvement by graduate students:

Intellectual Life

Department faculty and students benefit from a plethora of resources, programs, projects, initiatives, and speaker-series that extend beyond the Department proper.


Programs, Projects, and Initiatives:

Ongoing Colloquia and Speaker-Series: