People

Kate Torno

Kate Torno

Title/Position
Senior Academic Advisor
Kate Torno works with all English or English & Creative Writing majors.  She also meets with English minors and students considering English coursework for electives.  She is the administrative advisor for English handling the waitlists and caps for the ENGL and CNW courses. Click on her name to see her full profile and office hours.
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Thelma Trujillo

Title/Position
PhD Graduate Candidate
Thelma Trujillo is a writer and educator from La Villita, Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Literary and Cultural Studies from Illinois State University.
Tobias Veeder

Tobias Veeder

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor
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.
James Harris Wheless

James Harris Wheless

Title/Position
MFA Nonfiction Graduate Student
Bambi Whitaker

Bambi Whitaker

Title/Position
PhD Graduate Candidate
Ellie White

Ellie White

Title/Position
PhD Graduate Student
Ellie White is a first-year Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Iowa, where she intends to study Victorian literature and transnational coming-of-age novels.
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.
Wyatt Williams

Wyatt Williams

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor
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.
Adam Witte

Adam Witte

Title/Position
MFA Nonfiction Graduate Student
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.
Ergisa  Xhuveli

Ergisa Xhuveli

Title/Position
MFA Nonfiction Graduate Student
Shannon Yost

Shannon Yost

Title/Position
Curriculum Coordinator & Assistant to the DEO
Administrative Services Specialist
PJ Zaborowski

PJ Zaborowski

Title/Position
PhD Graduate Candidate
Shigraf Zahbi

Shigraf Zahbi

Title/Position
MFA Nonfiction Graduate Student
Natalia Zdaniuk

Natalia Zdaniuk

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Yunyan Zhangyunyan

Yunyan Zhangyunyan

Title/Position
International Visitors
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Aidan Ziliak

Title/Position
CLAS Visiting Writer-Fiction