Cal State LA Department of English | Faculty and Staff


Alfred Roman-Rodriguez
(323) 343-4140
E&T A636

Stephanie Lai
(323) 343-4140
E&T A604




Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

Benjamin Bateman (Professor) (webpage) (email) (Ph.D., University of Virginia) Transatlantic Modernisms; Queer Studies; Literary Theory; Studies in Popular Culture  [ON LEAVE 2018-2019]

Mary Bucci Bush (Professor) (webpage) (email) (D. A., Syracuse University) Creative writing (fiction) [ON LEAVE FALL 2018]

Michael A. Calabrese (Professor) (webpage) (email) (Ph.D., University of Virginia) Medieval literature; Chaucer; classical studies

Roberto Cantú (Professor Emeritus) (webpage) (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) Latin American and Mexican American literatures; literary theory and criticism; Chicano film; Mexican cultural history

Hema Chari (Professor) (email) (Ph.D., University of Southern California) Twentieth-Century British literature; postcolonial literature; film; gender studies

Melvin B. Donalson (Professor Emeritus) (webpage) (email) (Ph.D., Brown University)  American Cinema; Creative Writing; Ethnic literature and American Popular Culture [ON LEAVE FALL 2018]

Alex Espinoza (Professor) (email) (MFA, University of California, Irvine) Creative Writing (fiction)

Linda Greenberg (Associate Professor and Department Chair) (webpage(email) (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) Ethnic American Literature; Women's Literature; 20th Century American Literature

Christopher S. Harris (Associate Professor) (webpage) (email) (Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Ohio) History of composition instruction, writing pedagogy, digital rhetorics, objectives-based writing assessment

Lauren Heintz (Assistant Professor) (email) (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literature, Queer Studies, Gender Studies

Nicole Horejsi (Assistant Professor) (email) (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) Eighteenth-century British literature; Neoclassicism; women's writing; classical studies

Martin Huld (Professor Emeritus) (webpage) (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) Linguistics; history of the English language; language and culture [ON LEAVE SPRING 2019]

Steven S. Jones (Professor Emeritus) (email) (Ph.D., University of California, Davis) Folklore; children's literature [ON LEAVE FALL 2018]

Maria Karafilis (Professor) (webpage) (email) (Ph.D., University of Maryland) American Literature to 1900; narratives of citizenship and belonging

Andrew Lyndon Knighton (Professor and Associate Chair) (webpage) (email) (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) Critical and cultural theory, American literature to 1900, Cultural Studies, modern poetry and poetics, radical and left traditions .

Atef Laouyene (Associate Professor) (webpage) (Ph.D., University of Ottawa, Canada) Postcolonial Studies; Anglophone Literatures; Critical Theory; Arab Diaspora Studies

Jun Liu (Professor) (email) (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts) Critical Theory, Twentieth Century American Literature, American Ethnic Literature, 19th Century and 20th Century European Literature, diasporic and postcolonial literature

Caroline McManus (Professor) (webpage) (email) (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) Shakespeare; Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English literature; women's studies

Jolivette Mecenas (Visiting Professor and Interim Director, First-Year Writing Program) (email) (Ph.D., University of Hawaii-Manoa) Rhetoric and Composition, Program Assessment, Cultural Rhetorics 

Kathryn Perry (Assistant Professor) (email) (Ph.D., University of Louisville) Community Literacy and Literacy Studies; Composition Theory and Pedagogy; Ethnography and Ethnographic Methods; Qualitative Research; Narrative Theory; Actor-Network Theory

Ruben D. Quintero (Professor) (webpage) (Ph.D., Harvard University) Eighteenth-Century British literature; classical rhetoric [ON LEAVE FALL 2018]

Lauri Ramey (Professor Emeritus) (webpage) (Ph.D., University of Chicago) Creative writing, lyric poetry and poetics, African American literature, the intersection of critical and creative writing, formally innovative literature, modernism and postmodernism, and black British writing

Bidhan Roy (Associate Professor) (webpage) (email) (Ph.D., University of London) Postcolonial literature; Twentieth-Century British literature

Alison Taufer (Professor) (email) (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) Medieval and Renaissance drama, Shakespeare, Arthurian literature, sixteenth-century English prose