English Faculty and Staff


Danit Brown copyDanit Brown, Chair and Associate Professor
B.A., Oberlin College; M.F.A., Indiana University


Publications: Ask for a Convertible, a collection of linked short stories. Fiction in StoryQuarterlyGlimmer Train, and Story, among others. She is at work on a novel.

Courses: Introductory Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing (Fiction), Creative Writing Workshop (Fiction), Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting Fundamentals, Composition.

Nels Christensen, associate professor, Albion College English Department

Nels Christensen, Associate Professor, B.A., California State University; M.A. & Ph.D. Michigan State University


Courses: Composition, The Idea of Nature and the Nature of Ideas, Writing in Place, Terrorists and Treehuggers.

Mary Collar, Professor
B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


Publications: Critical theory and I. B. Singer. She continues to work on contemporary literature and theory and has received grants for research at Yale, Northwestern, Stanford, and Illinois.

Courses: Contemporary Literature, Twentieth Century Literature in English, Modern Poetry, Literary Theory, Immigration Literature, Composition, (1983-84 Teacher of the Year.)

Scott Hendrix, Director of the Writing CenterScott Hendrix, Director of the Writing Center
B.A., Oregon State University; M.F.A., University of Oregon; Ph.D., University of Kansas


Areas of Specialization: Literacy studies, composition studies, writing center theory/practice, and pedagogy.

Courses: Composition, English Language, Responding to Student Writing.

Judith Lockyer, Chair and Professor

Judith Lockyer, Professor
B.A., M.A., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Michigan


Publications: Articles and a book on William Faulkner. She is presently working on a study of issues of race in the fiction of seven twentieth century white Southern women, and she has received a grant for research at the University of California at Berkeley.

Courses: American Literature I and II, The American Novel, Four American Poets, The Problem of Race in American Literature, African-American Literature, Southern Women's Literature, Composition, (1986-87 New Teacher of the Year; 1992-93 Honors Program Teacher of the Year; 1995-96 PACMA Faculty Award; 2002 Arthur Anderson Teacher of Year.)

eng-ian-macinnes-89-2Ian F. MacInnes, Howard L. McGregor Professor of Humanities
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A. & Ph.D., University of Virginia

Home Page: http://people.albion.edu/imacinnes/

Publications: Ian's scholarship focuses on representations of animals and the environment in Renaissance literature, particularly in Shakespeare. He has published essays on topics such as horse breeding and geohumoralism in Henry V (2011), on invertebrate bodies in Hamlet (2012), and on memory in Shakespeare's Sonnets (2016). His long-running website and now iPhone app, Ian’s English Calendar, calculates dates for scholars of English history and Literature. 

Courses: British Literature I, Greek & Roman Literature, Shakespeare, Age of Elizabeth, Voices of Liberty: Milton and His Age, Redeeming Eve: Early Modern Women's Writing, Composition.

Helena Mesa, Associate ProfessorHelena Mesa, Associate Professor - on leave for the 2018-19 Academic year

B.A., Indiana University; M.F.A. University of Maryland, Ph.D. University of Houston


Publications: A collection of poems, Horse Dance Underwater. She is also co-editor of Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets. Her poems have appeared in literary journals such as Indiana Review, Third Coast, Pleiades, and Barrow Street. She is currently at work on a new collection of poems.

Courses: Introductory Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing (Poetry), Creative Writing Workshop (Poetry), Visual Poetry, Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, Latina/o Literature, Composition.

AshleyMillerAshley Miller, Assistant Professor
B.A., Vassar College; M.A. & Ph.D., Indiana University


Publications: Ashley's research interests include Romantic and Victorian literature, media studies and print culture, gender studies, and the history of science. She is the author of Poetry, Media, and the Material Body (Cambridge, 2018). Other recent research has been published in Victorian Literature and CultureNineteenth-Century Contexts, Studies in Romanticism, Literature Compass, and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies

Courses: Writing Essentials, College Writing, Introduction to Literary Study, The Prehistory of Sherlock, British Literature II, Victorian Sexualities, The Novel and the New, The British Romantics, British Fiction after 1850.

Jess Roberts, Professorjessimage
B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan


Publications: Jess’s recent publications include essays on Sarah Piatt in The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry (Cambridge UP, 2011) and A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry (Cambridge UP, 2017). You can find her pedagogical essays in south: a scholarly journal 48.2 (2016) and Options for Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War (MLA, 2016). Her writing has also appeared in CallalooESQ, and Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature.

Jess directs Albion’s Big Read program and the Big Read Youth Leadership Program. For more information about that program, please visit our website at www.albionbigread.org. You can find us on Facebook and Instagram as well. 

Courses: Writing Essentials, College Writing, Professional Writing, Literature Matters, American Literature I & II, African-American Literature, Children’s Literature, Literature of the American Civil War, Whitman and Dickinson in Context

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Krista Quesenberry, Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A., Ball State University; M.A. and dual-title Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


Research Specialization: Krista's teaching and research covers a range of fields -- professional writing, American literature, feminist and LGBTQ theories, and narrative medicine. Her recent work has appeared in Life WritingThe Hemingway Review, and the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and she is currently working in editorial roles on correspondence projects for American literary figures (Ernest Hemingway and Kay Boyle with James Laughlin) and on a graphic memoir about illness, disease, and disability (Bill Doan). 

Courses: Intro to Literature, Multimedia Journalism sequence, Professional Writing. Faculty adviser, Albion Albion Pleiad.

Faculty Emeriti

James W. Cook B.A., Wayne State University; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Wayne State University

John E. Hart B.A., Kansas Wesleyan; M.A. & Ph.D., Syracuse University

Sarah (Sally) Jordan, B.A., Salem College; M.A. & Ph.D., Brandeis

Paul Loukides B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.A., University of Iowa

Eugene E. Miller B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A., Ohio University; Ph.D., University of Illinois


Mary Morrow

Office: Vulgamore 406 
Phone: 517.629.0232