Faculty & Staff

Department of English

Chair and Staff

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Matthew Pangborn

Matthew Pangborn

Chair and Professor
3-05 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-5574
Education

Ph.D., English Literature, University of Albany, State University of New York
M.F.A., Creative Writing (fiction), Texas State University

Biography

Dr. Matthew Pangborn earned his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Albany, State University of New York and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing (fiction) from Texas State University.

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Melinda Martin

Melinda Martin

Administrative Assistant
3-03 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-4581
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Laura Caron

Laura Caron

Graduate Administrative Assistant
3-29 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3509

Faculty

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Nancy Beasley

Nancy Beasley

Assistant Professor
3-14 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-0518
Education

M.A., English Education, Georgia College & State University

Biography

Professor Nancy Beasley earned her M.A. in English Education from Georgia College & State University.  She teaches composition, world literature and utopian/dystopian worlds.

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Alex Blazer

Alex Blazer

Professor
3-05 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-5574
Education

Ph.D, English, The Ohio State University

Website

alexeblazer.com

Biography

Dr. Alex E. Blazer, Coordinator of the Undergraduate Literature Program, specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and critical theory.  His publications include I Am Otherwise: The Romance between Poetry and Theory after the Death of the Subject; articles on contemporary American authors Paul Auster, Bret Easton Ellis, and Chuck Palahniuk; and an article on the cult film Donnie Darko.  He teaches modern and contemporary American literature, film, poetry, critical theory survey, focused studies in literary criticism (existentialism and phenomenology, reader-response criticism, Marxist criticism, psychoanalytic film theory), global horror film, and science fiction and philosophy.

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Joy Bracewell

Joy Bracewell

Director of the Writing Center and Assistant Professor
2-56 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-8724
Education

Ph.D., English, University of Georgia

Biography

Dr. Joy Bracewell earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia.  In addition to being the Director of the Writing Center, she teaches composition and first-year composition practices.

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Beauty Bragg

Beauty Bragg

Professor
3-12 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-8733
Education

Ph.D, English, University of Texas

Biography

Dr. Beauty Bragg earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas.  She teaches courses on America's diverse cultural heritage, introduction to Black Studies, black women artists, Alice Walker, and the Harlem Renaissance.

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Craig Callender

Craig Callender

Associate Professor
3-17 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3178
Education

Ph.D, Linguistics, University of South Carolina

Biography

 

Dr. Craig Callender is a historical linguist and phonologist who works on Germanic languages, including English. He regularly teaches History of the English Language, Medieval English Literature (Middle English), Human Language, Structure of Present-Day English, and World Literature. His research is primarily on the evolution of sound systems in Germanic languages, where he is interested in how comparative dialectology can aid in the reconstruction of historical processes. He also co-directs the European Council Summer Study-Abroad Program in Berlin, and is always happy to discuss study abroad (in Berlin and elsewhere) with interested students.

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Dr. Jordan Cofer

Jordan Cofer

Associate Provost and Professor
Carl Vinson House
478-445-8753
Education

Ph.D., English, Texas Tech University

Biography

Dr.Jordan Cofer’s teaching interests include 20th century American Literature, Southern Literature, and Religion and Literature. He is the author of The Gospel According to Flannery O’Connor and co-author of Writing the Nation.

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carolyn denard

Carolyn Denard

Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence & Chief Diversity Officer, Professor
478-445-8584
Education

Ph.D, American Studies, Emory University

Biography

Dr. Carolyn Denard earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at Emory University. Her teaching interests include 20th-Century American Fiction, 20-Century African American Literature, Cultural and Feminist Literary Theory, and Toni Morrison.

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Dr. Kerry James Evans

Kerry James Evans

Assistant Professor
3-10 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3176
Education

Ph.D. in English, Florida State University

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

B.A. in English, Missouri State University

Biography

Dr. Kerry James Evans is the author of the poetry collection, Bangalore, a Lannan Literary Selection. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, and he has taught poetry workshops, poetic forms and theory, and other courses at Florida State University and at Tuskegee University, where he was an Assistant Professor. His poems have appeared in Agni, Narrative, Ploughshares, and other journals. 

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Jennifer Flaherty

Jennifer Flaherty

Associate Professor
3-22 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3180
Education

Ph.D, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Biography

Dr. Jennifer Flaherty received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an Associate Professor of Shakespeare studies, and her research emphasizes appropriation and global Shakespeare. Her work has been published in journals such as Borrowers and LendersComparative DramaInterdisciplinary Literary Studies, and Topic. She has also contributed chapters to the volumes The Horse as Cultural Icon and Shakespeare and Millennial Fiction. Dr. Flaherty regularly teaches courses in Renaissance literature, dramatic literature, film studies, adaptation, Milton, and Shakespeare for the Literature program. She also teaches courses for Women's Studies, GC1Y and GC2Y, and the Georgia College Honors College.

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Bruce Gentry

Bruce Gentry

Professor
3-67 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-6928
Education

Ph.D, English, University of Texas

Biography

 

Dr. Bruce Gentry, Editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review, received GC’s Excellence in Scholarship award in 2013. He is the author of Flannery O'Connor's Religion of the Grotesque, editor of The Cartoons of Flannery O'Connor at Georgia College, and co-editor of the oral history At Home with Flannery O'Connor. Gentry twice served as co-director for NEH Summer Institutes on O'Connor. Gentry has also hosted four O'Connor conferences in Milledgeville. Other publications by Gentry include Conversations with Raymond Carver and articles on Doctorow, Roth, and Carver in Contemporary LiteratureSouth Atlantic ReviewThe CEA Critic, and South Carolina Review.

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Julian Knox

Julian Knox

MA Coordinator and Assistant Professor
3-04 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-8687
Education

Ph.D., English, University of California, Los Angeles

Biography

Dr. Julian Knox earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. His teaching and research interests include British and World Romanticism, literature and visual culture, Romanticism and popular music, theories and practices of translation, life-writing, and philosophies of time. He has published articles in the journals European Romantic ReviewThe Wordsworth CircleThe Coleridge BulletinGrave Notes, and The New German Review, and has contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Transnational England: Home and Abroad, 1780-1860. His latest article, "Ashes Against the Grain: Black Metal and the Grim Rebirth of Romanticism," appears in the collection Rock and Romanticism.

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Martin Lammon

Martin Lammon

Professor Emeritus
3-19 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3508
Education

Ph.D, English, Ohio University

Biography

Dr. Martin Lammon is the author of the poetry collection News from Where I Live (University of Arkansas Press), and his poems have been published in many of the nation’s most distinguished journals, including Gettysburg ReviewPloughsharesThe Southern Review, and many more. In 1997, Pulitzer Prize poet W.S. Merwin selected three of Lammon’s poems, published in Nimrod, for a Pablo Neruda Prize. In addition to poetry, Lammon has published essays about living in Costa Rica that have appeared in The Iowa ReviewThe Chattahoochee Review, and Zone 3. Since 1997, he has held the Fuller E. Callaway endowed Flannery O’Connor Chair in Creative Writing at Georgia College in Milledgeville, where he founded the national literary journal Arts & Letters and also the nationally recognized Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing graduate program.

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Jeffrey H. MacLachlan

Jeffrey H. MacLachlan

Lecturer
3-09 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-5571
Education

M.F.A, Fiction, Chatham University

Biography

Mr. Jeffrey MacLachlan earned an M.F.A. in Fiction from Chatham University. His work has recently been published in New Ohio ReviewEleven Eleven, and Minetta Review, among others.  He teaches composition, world literature, and war literature.

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Mary Magoulick

Mary Magoulick

Professor
3-21 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3177
Education

Ph.D, Folklore, Indiana University

Website
Biography

 

Dr. Mary Magoulick teaches women’s studies, Native American literature, folklore, myth, and popular culture, all with multicultural focus. She writes on the interrelationships between literature/texts and culture and has published in major folklore and popular culture journals. She is currently engaged in a book project offering a feminist critique of Goddess Culture (especially as it manifests in popular culture – e.g. Wonder Woman). She enjoys traveling (over 30 countries so far) and contemplating cross-cultural connections and culturally-based approaches to studying human artistic expressions. She has done fieldwork with Native Americans, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, studied in France, taught in Sweden, Italy, England, Ireland, for Semester at Sea, and in Croatia, the last on a Fulbright.

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Kerry Neville

Kerry Neville

MFA Coordinator and Assistant Professor
3-27 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-4018
Education

Ph.D, Creative Writing, University of Houston

Biography

 

Dr. Kerry B. Neville is Assistant Professor of English in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing.  She is the author of Remember To Forget Me and Necessary Lies.  Her fiction and essays appear in journals, including The Gettysburg ReviewEpoch, and Glimmer Train.  She writes for online publications, including The Huffington PostDameThe Fix, and The Establishment.  She is the recipient of The Dallas Museum of Art's Fiction Prize and the Texas Institute of Letters Prize for the Short Story.  She is Fiction Editor of Arts & Letters and also is faculty for The University of Limerick/Frank McCourt International Writing program.

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Laura Newbern

Laura Newbern

Associate Professor
3-28 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-0963
Education

M.F.A, Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College

Biography

 

Professor Laura Newbern earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She teaches intermediate poetry writing, poetry workshop, and creative writing senior seminar.

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Lauren Pilcher

Lauren Pilcher

Lecturer
3-08 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3181
Education

Ph.D, Film and Media Studies, University of Florida

Biography

Dr. Lauren Pilcher earned their PhD in Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida. Their work focuses on documentary and nontheatrical film and media with an emphasis on social identity and the American South. They teach courses in film and media and composition.

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Peter Selgin

Peter Selgin

Associate Professor
3-26 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-0963
Education

M.F.A., Creative Writing, New School University

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Biography

 

Professor Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. He has written a novel, three books on the craft of fiction writing, an essay collection, and several children’s books that he illustrated. His novel, The Water Master, won the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for the Novel, and his memoir-in-essays, Confessions of a Left-Handed Man, was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize. A visual artist as well as a writer, his work has been featured in The New Yorker and other publications. He is the art director of Arts & Letters.

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Stefanie Sevcik

Stefanie Sevcik

Lecturer
3-02 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-8692
Education

Ph.D, Comparative Literature, Brown University

Biography

 

Dr. Stefanie Sevcik earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Brown University. She teaches African literature, composition, and world literature.

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Katie Simon

Katie Simon

Associate Professor
3-13 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-5564
Education

Ph.D, English, University of California, Berkeley

Biography

Dr. Katie Simon’s work focuses on issues of freedom and captivity in 19th-century American literature. Her book project is entitled "Something Akin to Freedom: Race, Space, and the Body in 19th-Century American Literature." Her work has appeared in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Literature and CultureEighteenth-Century FictionWomen's Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal and in Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life. She teaches courses such as American Literature to 1865, Critical Approaches to Literature, seminars in Thoreau and Melville, and a freshman seminar entitled Public and Collective Memory. She was awarded Georgia College's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.

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Dr. Chika Unigwe

Chika Unigwe

Assistant Professor
3-23 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3508
Education

Dr. Chika Unigwe earned her Ph.D. from the Universiteit Leiden, Holland, and her M.A. from Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium.

Biography

Dr. Unigwe's novels include On Black Sister Street (Random House, 2011) and Night Dancer (Jonathan Cape, 2012). Her debut collection of short stories, Better Never than Late (Cassava Republic),  was published in 2019. Widely anthologized, she has also placed work in different journals including the New York Times, Guernica, Kenyon Review, the UK Guardian, Aeon, Wasafiri, Transition and Agni.

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Dr. Jennifer Ellis West

Jennifer Ellis West

Assistant Professor
3-06 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-5557
Education

Ph.D., Louisiana State University.

M.A., Mississippi College.

Research

Dr. West's research focuses on how people use writing to engage with controversy, especially around issues related to women's health. Her research interests include rhetorics of health and medicine; feminist rhetorics; and composition pedagogy and theory. Her work has appeared in Women's Studies in Communication, Gender and Society, and Literature and Medicine. 

Part-Time Lecturers

Tom Caronthomas.caron@gcsu.edu
Sandy Dimon, sandy.dimon@gcsu.edu
Ruby Holsenbeckruby.holsenbeck@gcsu.edu
Bill Richardsbill.richards@gcsu.edu
Seth Tomko, seth.tomko@gcsu.edu
Daniel Wilkinsondaniel.wilkinson@gcsu.edu
Eddie Zippereredward.zipperer@gcsu.edu

Graduate Assistants

Heather Evansheather.evans@gcsu.edu
Brianna PhillipsBrianna.phillips@gcsu.edu
Shereka Pooleshereka.poole@gcsu.edu

Teaching Fellows

Mary Alsobrooksmary.alsobrooks@gcsu.edu
Caleb Bouchard, caleb.bouchard@gcsu.edu
Paul Bryant, paul.bryant@gcsu.edu
Timothy Connorstimothy.connors@gcsu.edu
Megan Duffey, megan.duffey@gcsu.edu
MaryBeth Cooper, mary.cooper1@gcsu.edu
William Gerdes-McClain, william.gerdesmcclain@gcsu.edu
Nic Greennicolas.green@gcsu.edu
Avery Jamesavery.james@gcsu.edu
Charlotte Lauercharlotte.lauer@gcsu.edu
Dalton Monkdalton.monk@gcsu.edu
Kelly Piggottkelly.piggott@gcsu.edu
Courtney Schmidt, courtney.schmidt@gcsu.edu

The office for Part-Time Faculty, Graduate Assistants, and Teaching Fellows is:

1-53 Arts & Sciences Building, CBX 044