English (323) 343-4140

Peter Brier
Emeritus Professor of English; Ph.D., Occidental College/Claremont Graduate School
Contact: (323) 343-4289
E-mail: pbrier@calstatela.edu

  • British Romantic literature
  • Literary criticism
  • American and Anglo-Jewish writers of the 19th and 20th centuries
  • American literary criticism
  • English Romantic writers
  • Cultural criticism

Fluent in: German.


Benjamin Bateman
Professor of English; Ph.D., University of Virginia
Contact: (323) 343-4144
E-mail: rbatema@calstatela.edu

  • 20th century literature
  • Literary theory
  • Popular culture
  • Gender and queer studies
  • Transatlantic Modernism

Mary Bucci Bush
Professor of English; D.A., Syracuse University
Contact: (323) 343-4174
E-mail: mbush@calstatela.edu

  • Fiction writing
  • Creative writing
  • Short stories
  • Italian immigrant culture and Italian American writers
  • Relationship between Blacks and Italians

Hema Chari
Professor of English; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4294
E-mail: hchari@calstatela.edu

  • Modern and postmodern British literature
  • 20th century fiction
  • Colonial and postcolonial writers and theory
  • Gender studies/feminist theory
  • Marxist theory
  • Film theory and cultural studies
  • Third World literature

Fluent in: French, Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu.


Lauren Heintz
Assistant Professor of English; Ph.D., UC San Diego
Contact: (323) 343-4140
E-mail: lheintz@calstatela.edu

  • American and ethnic literature
  • Gender and sexulity studies
  • Ethnic and race relations in the 19th century

Steven Swann Jones
Professor of English; Ph.D., UC Davis
Contact: (323) 343-4293
E-mail: sjones@calstatela.edu

  • Folklore
  • Fairy tales
  • Children's literature
  • Folklore in American literature

Jun Liu
Professor of English; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts; Post-graduate Certificate in Translation, United Nations Translation Program in Beijing
Contact: (323) 343-5345
E-mail: jliu@calstatela.edu

  • 20th century American literature (particularly Faulkner)
  • 19th century and 20th century European literatures
  • Critical theory
  • Asian diasporan literature
  • Cultural translation
  • Enlightenment modernity and aesthetic modernity in the 19th century
  • Asian American literature

Fluent in: Chinese.


Caroline McManus
Professor of English; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4151
E-mail: cmcmanu@calstatela.edu

  • Elizabethan court culture, portraits and literature
  • 16th and 17th century English literature
  • Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton and early modern women writers

Lauri Ramey
Emerita Professor of English; Director, Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Ph.D., University of Chicago
Contact: (323) 343-4165
E-mail: lramey@calstatela.edu

  • American poetry
  • Poetics, particularly modern and contemporary
  • International poetries
  • Poetry of the African diaspora, especially African American and Black British
  • Live art and performance poetry
  • African American Poetry Archive
  • Teaching of creative writing

Timothy Steele
Emeritus Professor of English; Ph.D., Brandeis University
Contact: (323) 343-4285
E-mail: tsteele@calstatela.edu

  • Modern literature
  • Poetry
  • Literary criticism
  • Historical study of English versification

Alison Taufer
Professor of English; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4152
E-mail: ataufer@calstatela.edu

  • Comparative literature
  • Chivalric romance
  • Arthurian literature
  • Medieval drama and romance
  • Renaissance drama
  • Renaissance prose fiction

Fluent in: Spanish.