Faculty Profiles


  • Associate Professor
201C Drown Hall
(610) 758-3319
Kate Crassons joined the faculty at Lehigh in 2004. Her research focuses on late medieval English literature and culture with a particular interest in religion. Crassons' book, The Claims of Poverty: Literature, Culture, and Ideology in Late...
  • Associate Professor of English
201A Drown Hall
(610) 758-3317
Elizabeth Dolan earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the Senior Fellow in Literature & Medicine at the UNC-CH medical school. At Lehigh, she is Associate Professor of English, and of Health,...
  • Associate Professor
320B Drown Hall
(610) 758-3334
  • Associate Professor of English
117 Drown Hall
(610) 758-4441
Suzanne Edwards is Associate Professor of English, Director of the Humanities Center, and core faculty in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University. She specializes in medieval European literature (written between 1200-1500) and...
  • Associate Professor of English
217 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3315
Mary Foltz received her doctorate from the University at Buffalo in 2009. She specializes in contemporary American literature with a specific focus on ecocriticism, postmodern fiction and theory, and queer fiction and theory. Foltz teaches undergraduate...
  • Assistant Professor of English
302C Drown Hall
(610) 758-5795
Marilisa Jiménez García is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in Latino/a literature and culture.  She is particularly interested in the intersections of race, gender, nationalism, and youth culture in Puerto Rican literature of the diaspora...
  • Professor of English
218 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3320
Scott Paul Gordon came to Lehigh University in 1995 and is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Chair at Lehigh. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in eighteenth-century transatlantic literature and in literary and cultural theory. He...
  • Assistant Professor
305 Drown Hall
(610) 758-5695
Derek G. Handley is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition.  He earned his PhD in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University. His book project  "Rhetorical Citizenship and the Black Freedom Movement 1954-1970,"  looks...
Dawn Keetley
  • Professor of English
321A Drown Hall
(610) 758-3307
  On Dawn Keetley's current research, July, 2019: https://www2.lehigh.edu/news/the-deeper-meaning-of-horror   Dawn Keetley is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the...
  • Associate Professor of English
220 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3331
Michael Kramp specializes in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Critical Theory. His scholarly interests include the Novel, Gender Studies, and Visual Culture. He is the author of Disciplining Love: Austen and the Modern Man (Ohio State...
  • Professor of English
320A Drown Hall
(610) 758-5624
Barry Kroll specializes in the field of Composition­Rhetoric. Within that broad field, he is particularly interested in arguments that involve intense disputes and serious disagreements, and his work has explored ways to ...
  • Associate Professor of English
310 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3308
Jenna Lay studies early modern English literature, with specific attention to post-Reformation religious culture, poetry and poetics, female authors, and the intersection of manuscript and print technologies. After receiving her Ph.D. from Stanford...
  • Associate Professor of English
119 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3097
Ed Lotto directs the Writing Program and the Writing and Math Center. He specializes in composition and rhetoric, regularly teaching first-year writing. He also teaches courses in composition pedagogy and theory, as well as the practicum for new Teaching...
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
301A Drown Hall
(610) 758-3356
Dana McClain received her Ph.D. in English from Lehigh University and her M.A. from Eastern Kentucky University.  Her dissertation, "Female Republicanism and the Early American Novel," recipient of the Dean's Dissertation Award, claims...
  • Professor of English
201B Drown Hall
(610) 758-3326
Seth Moglen is a scholar of 19th- and 20th-century American literature, with particular expertise in modernism and African American writing. His research and teaching focus on the relationship between literary and political movements in the United States...
  • Professor of English
115 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3309
Barbara Pavlock received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in Comparative Literature, with a focus on classical and Renaissance epic poetry. She came to Lehigh in 1989 and has been Director of the Program in Classical Studies since 1994. Pavlock is the...
  • Assistant Professor of English Department
203 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3330
Brooke Rollins received her Ph.D. in English at the University of South Carolina, where she specialized in rhetoric and composition studies. Her research uses contemporary critical theory to re-imagine classical rhetorical texts and contexts, and she is...
  • Assistant Professor
305 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3322
LORENZO SERVITJE is Assistant Professor of Literature and Medicine at Lehigh University, holding a dual appointment in the in the English Department and Health, Medicine, and Society Program. He received his Ph.D. in English at the University of...
  • Associate Professor of English
221 Drown Hall
(610) 758-4385
After studying at Cornell and Tufts, Amardeep Singh received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2001. His book, Literary Secularism: Religion and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Fiction was published in 2006 by Cambridge Scholars Press; more...
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
306 Drown Hall
Minh received her doctorate in English at Lehigh University in September 2016 and her Master's in English in 2007.  Her dissertation, “ ‘My Mother is Calling Me’: Legacies of Sexual Violence in 20th-Century American Fiction by...
  • Associate Professor of English
321B Drown Hall
(610) 758-3319
Stephanie Powell Watts is primarily a writer and teacher of both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her classes are designed to introduce students to the writing life by exposing them to the works of many of the leading practitioners of contemporary...
  • Associate Professor of English
216 Drown Hall
(610) 758-5734
  • Assistant Professor of English Department
219 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3313
Emily Weissbourd specializes in early modern English and Spanish literatures, with research and teaching interests in early modern representations of race, religion and gender; Tudor and Stuart drama and the Spanish comedia; transnational studies and...
Edward Whitley
  • Associate Professor of English
113 Drown Hall
(610) 758-3321
Edward Whitley teaches courses in American literature, focusing primarily on the nineteenth century.  He has published essays on Walt Whitman and American poetry in such journals as ELH, American Literary History, Nineteenth-Century Literature...


  • Professor Emeritus
Professor Fifer is the author of Rescued Readings: A Reconstruction of Gertrude Stein's Difficult Texts (1992). Recently, she has been writing on contemporary American family drama and on topics in world literature. She has published her most recent...
  • Professor Emeritus
A specialist in Early American literature, Ed Gallagher has been on the trail of pedagogical reinvention since 1997. He worked his way through Cindy Selfe's Computers in the Writing Intensive Classroom workshop at Michigan Tech, Randy Bass's...
  • Professor Emeritus
Barbara Traister teaches and writes about the literature of 16th and 17th century Britain, particularly about Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Other teaching interests include contemporary drama, adolescent literature, and medical and magical texts...