Faculty and Staff

  • Danit 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 StoryQuarterly, Glimmer Train, and Story, among others. She is at work on a novel.

    Courses: Introductory Creative Writing, Intermediate Fiction Workshop, Advanced Fiction Workshop, Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting Fundamentals, College Writing.

    Email: danitbrown@albion.edu

  • Lauren Brown

    Assistant Professor

    B.A. SUNY Geneseo
    M.A., Ph.D., Binghamton University

    Publications: Lauren’s research interests include American literature of the 20th & 21st centuries, multi-ethnic literature of the U.S., nation in literature, postcolonial theory and literature, immigration and diaspora, women writers, and gender studies. Recent research has been published in The Cormac McCarthy Journal and The New Americanist. She is currently at work on two articles: one on Toni Morrison’s novel Home, and another exploring Latinx immigration and experience in contemporary U.S. literature.

    Courses: College Writing, Introduction to Literary Study, Literature Matters, American Literature II.

    Email: lmbrown@albion.edu

  • Scott Hendrix

    Director of Writing Proficiency

    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.

    Email: shendrix@albion.edu

  • Ian F. MacInnes

    Howard L. McGregor Professor of Humanities

    Website: http://aulis.org/

    B.A., Swarthmore College
    M.A. & Ph.D., University of Virginia

    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 animal networks in early modern England (20020). 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, Renaissance Ecology, Composition.

    Email: imacinnes@albion.edu

  • Helena Mesa

    Associate Professor

    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 ReviewThird CoastPleiades, 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.

    Email: hmesa@albion.edu

  • Ashley Miller

    Associate Professor

    B.A., Vassar College
    M.A. & Ph.D., Indiana University

    Areas of Interest: 18th- and 19th-century British literature, ecocriticism and the history of science, gender and sexuality studies, and the history of ghost stories.

    Publications: Poetry, Media, and the Material Body (Cambridge, 2018). Other recent research includes a chapter in Nineteenth-Century Energies (Routledge, 2016) and essays in Victorian Studies (2019), Victorian Literature and Culture (2018), Nineteenth-Century Contexts (2014), and Studies in Romanticism (2011).

    Courses: Writing Essentials, College Writing, Professional 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, Victorian Giants.

    Email: ammiller@albion.edu

  • Krista Quesenberry

    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, the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and American Literary Scholarship. Krista is currently working on editorial and archival projects about American literary figures (Ernest HemingwayKay Boyle with James Laughlin, and Margaret Anderson), as well as on a long-term project about the experience of diagnosis as represented in graphic memoirs about illnesses and disabilities.

    Courses: Intro to Literature; College Writing; Pleiad Practicum sequence; Professional Writing; Science, Technical, and Medical Writing; Writing in the Non-Profit Sector. Faculty adviser, Albion Pleiad.

    Email: kquesenberry@albion.edu

  • Jess Roberts


    B.A., Dartmouth College
    M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Jess has an essay forthcoming in the MLA’s Strategies and Perspectives on Social Justice Work called “Earned Trust and Albion’s Big Read” that is inspired by her work with folks in the city of Albion to build a program that is changing the world by changing young people’s relationship to reading. She created Albion’s Big Read with a group of outstanding people in 2015 and directs it with the help of Nels Christensen. For more information about that program, please visit our website at www.albionbigread.org and follow us on Instagram @albionbigread.

    In addition, Jess has published essays on Sarah Piatt in ESQ (2018), A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry (2017), and The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry (2011). You can find her pedagogical essays in south: a scholarly journal 48.2 (2016) and the MLAs Options for Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War (2016). Her writing has also appeared in Callaloo and Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature.

    Courses: Writing Essentials; College Writing; Professional Writing; Literature Matters; American Literature I & II; Children’s Literature; Racism, Anti-racism, and Children’s Literature; Literature of the American Civil War; Whitman and Dickinson in Context; and Love in the Nineteenth Century

    Email: jroberts@albion.edu


  • Mary Morrow

    Department Coordinator

    Office: Vulgamore 406
    Email: mmorrow@albion.edu
    Phone: 517/629-0232

Faculty Emeriti

  • Sarah (Sally) Jordan

    Professor Emeritus

    B.A., Salem College; M.A. & Ph.D., Brandeis

  • Judith Lockyer

    Professor Emeritus

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

  • Paul Loukides

    Professor Emeritus

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