Adams, Lafayette

Bluford Adams

Title/Position
Director of General Education Literature
Associate Professor
My research focuses on racial, ethnic, and regional identities, and way those identities got expressed in nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. culture. I am particularly interested in the relationship between regional identities like Yankee and Southerner and “racial” identities like Anglo-Saxon, Negro, Celt, and Teuton.
Aron Aji

Aron Aji

Title/Position
Director of MFA in Literary Translation
Associate Professor of Instruction
Aron Aji, Director of MFA in Literary Translation, joined the faculty in 2014. A native of Turkey, he has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, LatifeTekin, and other Turkish writers. He leads the Translation Workshop, and teaches courses on retranslation, poetry and translation; theory, and contemporary Turkish literature.
Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar

Title/Position
Director of the English and Creative Writing Major
Associate Professor
Kaveh Akbar teaches at the University of Iowa and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, PBS NewsHour, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
Florence Boos

Florence Boos

I have taught at the University of Iowa since 1973, with semesters abroad as an exchange professor in France, Iceland, and Denmark. Over the years I’ve offered a range of courses centered on British and transimperial literature 1830-1940, with an emphasis on poetry, nonfiction prose, and the social, political, and cultural contexts of literature.
Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Title/Position
Associate Professor
I teach literary and cultural history, with a courtesy appointment in the UI Center for the Book. Offering an MFA degree and a Graduate Certificate, the Center combines the study of book history with the production of book art. My particular research interest is in the history of readership, as reflected in my book The Pilgrim and the Bee: Reading Rituals and Book Culture in Early New England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).
writer Tisa Bryant

Tisa Bryant

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Jennifer Buckley

Jennifer Buckley

Title/Position
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
I teach, research, and write about 20th and 21st century drama, theater, performance art, and media. In my current book project, Act without Words: Speechless Performance on Modern Stages, I examine why and how the concept of a “language” of gesture has attracted theater artists, writers, and theorists disenchanted with the capacity of spoken and written language to represent human experience.
Tara Bynum

Tara Bynum

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Dr. Tara Bynum is an Assistant Professor of English & African American Studies and a scholar of early African American literary histories before 1800. She received her PhD in English from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Political Science from Barnard College.
Corey Creekmur

Corey Creekmur

Title/Position
Associate Professor
I'm an Associate Professor in both the Department of English and the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature; I'm also the current Director of the Institute for Cinema and Culture, and serve on the executive boards of the Program in Sexuality Studies and International Programs.
John D'Agata

John D'Agata

Title/Position
Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program
Professor
In 1998 I graduated from the University of Iowa with MFAs in both poetry and nonfiction, and then in 2005 I returned to Iowa to join the faculty of The Nonfiction Writing Program. Since arriving, I have developed the program’s four core graduate courses: “History of the Essay,” “The Essay Prize,” “Performance and Profession,” and “Thesis Workshop.”
Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos

Title/Position
Professor
Melissa Febos is the author of four books, including the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), which Terry Gross called “fascinating” and Kirkus Reviews said “expertly captures grace within depravity,” and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a best book of 2017.
Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Title/Position
M.F. Carpenter Professor of English
Claire F. Fox is M. F. Carpenter Professor of English and holds a complimentary appointment in Spanish & Portuguese. Her current research focuses on visual culture, performance, and placemaking in the Americas.
Eric Gidal

Eric Gidal

Title/Position
Professor
I teach courses in environmental literary studies, public humanities, and European literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with emphases in media studies, information theory, and environmental history. I am also the editor of Philological Quarterly.
Loren Glass

Loren Glass

Title/Position
Department Chair
Professor
My research and teaching focus on literature and culture of the twentieth- and twenty-first century United States, with a particular interest in literary modernism broadly conceived.
David Gooblar

David Gooblar

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
I like to say that I teach about writing and I write about teaching, but I actually teach, and write, about a bunch of stuff. My other interests include feminism and systems of oppression, higher education and social justice, and twentieth-century American literature. I plan to teach and write about all of these subjects. 
Naomi Greyser

Naomi Greyser

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Naomi Greyser is associate professor of American Studies, English and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa, as well as executive director of POROI, Iowa’s Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry.
Louisa Hall

Louisa Hall

Title/Position
Associate Professor
My work involves interrogations of fiction, biography, science, science fiction, and the ethics of writing about other people, animals, and things.  My novels include Reproduction, Trinity and Speak. Reproduction (Ecco, 2023), the story of a woman attempting to write a novel about Mary Shelley, then turning, instead, to write a contemporary Frankenstein, will be published in June.
Adam Hooks

Adam Hooks

Title/Position
Associate Professor
I teach courses on Shakespeare, early modern drama and poetry, book history, and the theory and practice of working with material texts. I have a joint appointment with the UI Center for the Book.
Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Marie Kruger

Marie Kruger

Title/Position
Associate Professor
My current book project examines the representation of women’s political activism in South African visual culture. I am committed to creating a hospitable and welcoming space in my classes and to provide students with the resources they need to meaningfully participate.
Kathy Lavezzo

Kathy Lavezzo

Title/Position
Professor
I teach courses in Critical Race Theory, Arthurian Romance, premodern images of Jews and Muslims, The Book of Margery Kempe, the Pearl-poet, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and other topics pertaining to the middle ages and theories of identity formation.
Paige Lewis

Paige Lewis

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Paige Lewis is author of the poetry collection Space Struck (Sarabande Books, 2019) and co-editor of Last Call: Poems on Addiction and Recovery (Sarabande Books, 2023).
Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merill

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and books of translations; and five works of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain.
Sarah Minor

Sarah Minor

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Dr. Sarah Minor received BUILD Certification through the office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. At Iowa, she teaches graduate courses like “History of the Essay,” “The Krause Essay Prize Seminar,” and “Essay Writing Workshop,” and undergraduate courses like “Honors Seminar in Creative Nonfiction,” “Nonfiction Writing Workshop,” and the special topics course “Writing Across Gender: The Literary Shed.”
Lori Branch

Lori Peterson Branch

Title/Position
Associate Professor
My scholarship focuses on the British long 18th century and ranges from the 4th-century Sayings of the Desert Fathers to contemporary Gothic fiction. Across my work, I am interested in thinking critically about secularism as an ideology and finding fresh language to speak about religion in its breadth and complexity as we encounter it in literature, the world, and personal experience. 
William Rhodes

William Rhodes

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
My work focuses on the connections among medieval/Renaissance poetry, economics, and the environment. My current book project, Work, Waste, and Reform: The Political Ecology of the Piers Plowman Tradition, 1350-1600, explores the ways in which medieval poetry about agrarian work informed early colonial ideologies in the sixteenth-century.
Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder

Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder is a scholar of twentieth and twenty-first century transnational American literature and culture. Her teaching and research interests include multiethnic literature and culture, (specifically African American and Latinx Studies), performance studies, women of color feminism, southern studies, and social movement activism.
Bennett Sims

Bennett Sims

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Bennett Sims is the author of the novel A Questionable Shape, which received the Bard Fiction Prize and was a finalist for The Believer Book Award, and the collection White Dialogues.
Harry Stecopoulos

Harry Stecopoulos

Title/Position
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor
Harry Stecopoulos, Professor of English, teaches courses on modern US literature, culture, and performance, with specific interests in in the novel, cultural studies, and postcolonial theory.
Garrett Stewart

Garrett Stewart

Title/Position
James O. Freedman Professor of Letters
I write and teach across disciplinary boundaries, with interests in Victorian and modernist fiction, poetics, narrative theory, film and media, and art history.
Bonnie Sunstein

Bonnie Sunstein

Title/Position
Professor
For over twenty years in Iowa, Bonnie Sunstein has taught nonfiction writing, ethnographic research, methods of teaching of writing, and folklore studies, and directs programs in both undergraduate writing and English education.
Inara Verzemnieks

Inara Verzemnieks

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Inara Verzemnieks is the author of the memoir, “Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe,” published by W.W. Norton. The book, which the Washington Post in a recent review called “important,” and “exquisitely written,” retraces the steps of her grandmother, a war refugee, and her great-aunt, a Siberian exile, in the wake of World War II, and recounts Verzemnieks's own journey back to the remote Latvian village where her family broke apart. 
Stephen Voyce

Stephen Voyce

Title/Position
Associate Professor
I joined the English Department at the University of Iowa in 2011. My research and teaching explores twentieth-century poetry and culture, contemporary print and digital media, and the history of literary movements.
Deborah Whaley

Deborah Whaley

Title/Position
Professor
Deborah Elizabeth Whaley is an artist, curator, writer, poet, vegan blogger, and Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. From 2017-2020, she served as Senior Scholar for Digital Arts and Humanities for the UI Digital Studio, where she was an ambassador and liaison for the digital humanities, as well as director of the Public Digital Humanities graduate certificate.
Jonathan Wilcox

Jonathan Wilcox

Title/Position
Professor
The literature, language, and thought of early medieval England lie at the heart of my professional activity. I teach courses that engage students in the challenges and pleasure of literature of the distant past, while my research explores the complexities and delights of cultures of early England.
Doris Witt

Doris Witt

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Doris Witt grew up in Glasgow, Kentucky, and holds a BA in English from Centre College, an MA and PhD in English from the University of Virginia, and a JD from the University of Iowa.  She specializes in post-WWII multiethnic American and transnational/postcolonial literature and culture.
David Wittenberg

David Wittenberg

Title/Position
Professor
David Wittenberg teaches in English, Comparative Literature, and Cinematic Arts. His research and teaching interests include 19th- through 21st-century literary theory and philosophy, American literature, architectural design and theory, and popular culture studies.