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KIMBERLY BLOCKETT
Associate Professor of English
B.A., Eastern Michigan University, M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Scholarly/Research Interests: Research interests include 19th and 20th century African American literature, women's writing, trans-Atlantic and diaspora studies, and travel literature.
Joined campus faculty in 2001.
email: kdb13@psu.edu

ELIZABETH J. BUCKMASTER
Assistant Professor of English (Retired)
B.A., Kansas State Teachers College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Chaucer and the medieval world; modern popular fiction; business writing.
Recipient of the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1996.
Joined campus faculty in l967.
email: exb9@psu.edu

PHYLLIS COLE

Professor of English and Women's Studies
B.A., summa cum laude, Oberlin College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University.
Scholarly/Research Interests: American Romanticism, especially transcendentalism, American Women Writers; Diaries and autobiographies; American ethnicities; religion and literature.
Joined campus faculty in l989.
email: pbc2@psu.edu

PAUL J. deGATEGNO
Professor of English
B.A., Norwich University; M.A., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Scholarly/Research Interests: Eighteenth-Century British literature; editing the correspondence of James Macpherson (the poet of Ossian);  and the Scottish Enlightenment.
Joined the campus faculty in 2007.
Email: pjd15@psu.edu

MAUREEN FIELDING
Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies
B.A., M.A., Rhode Island College, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Postcolonial Literature, esp. Bessie Head and Anita Desai; Women's Studies; Colonial Literature, Composition, Business Writing.
Joined campus faculty in 1999.
email:mdf6@psu.edu

MYRA GOLDSCHMIDT

Associate Professor of English (Retired)
B.S., Towson State College; M.S., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Applied Linguistics, Speech Acts, Discourse, Language and Gender, English as a Second Language.
Joined campus faculty part-time 1990, full time 1998.
email: mmmg5@psu.edu

PATRICIA HILLEN
Senior Instructor in English
B.A., Fairfield University; M.A., Villanova University.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Writing process; contemporary American literature (especially the Beat Movement); comparative study of film and literature; and modern religious thoughts and writings.
Joined campus faculty part-time in 1995, full time 1998.
email: pah14@psu.edu

KATHLEEN KENNEDY
Associate Professor of English
B.A., University  of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Scholarly/Research Interests:  medieval culture, law and literature, gender, language, pop culture.
Joined campus faculty in 2008.
email: kek16@psu.edu

CAROL F. KESSLER
Professor Emerita of English, American Studies and Women's Studies
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A.T., Radcliffe College (Harvard Graduate School of Education); Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Scholarly/Research Interests: U.S. Women writers, 1870-1920, including Utopias and artist-novels; 20th Century ethnically-diverse fiction.
Joined campus faculty in l98l.
email: cfk1@psu.edu

PAMELA MAIN
Instructor in English
B.A., Old Dominion University; M.A., Colorado State University; Master of Professional Writing, Univ. of Southern California.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Research interests include writing center scholarship, composition and rhetoric, and fiction writing.
Joined campus faculty in 2004.
email: pam47@psu.edu

ADAM J. SORKIN
Distinguished Professor of English
A.B., with distinction in all subjects; M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Modern and contemporary American Literature; poetry translation, translation of contemporary Romanian poetry, popular culture (especially American culture).
Joined campus faculty in l978.
email: ajs2@psu.edu

ELIZABETH C. WOMACK
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Baylor University; M.A., Ph.D., Rice University
Scholarly/Research interests: Victorian literature and culture with a focus on urban poverty and women and gender studies
Joined campus faculty in 2012
email: ecw12@psu.edu