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Graduate English Faculty

Elmaz Abinader Elmaz Abinader
Professor of English
Mills Hall, Room 313
510.430.2217, moses@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00-2:00, and by appointment

An award-winning author of poetry, plays, memoir, and fiction, Elmaz Abinader's courses include Writing of Creative Nonfiction and Theories of Creativity & the Teaching of Creative Writing. She also is co-founder of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and a recipient of a Silicon Valley Arts Fellowship.
Kate Brubeck Kate Brubeck
Visiting Professor, Fall
Mills Hall Room 301
510.430.2217, kbrubeck@mills.edu
Office Hours: not teaching in spring

Kate Brubeck has taught and coordinated programs in language diversity and acquisition at Mills and throughout the Bay Area. She is interested in language—in the rules that bind and the ways we break those bonds; in the junctions and schisms, in both academic and creative writing, between voice and culture, between our private and public senses of self.
David Buuck David Buuck
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall Room 348
510.430.2217, dbuuck@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 1:30-2:15, Tuesday 11:00-12:30, and by appointment

David Buuck is the founder of BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, co-founder and editor of Tripwire, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming from City Lights and Futurepoem Press. His interests include poetry, creative nonfiction, and cross-genre forms. He teaches the Book Art course Work in Context and in the Rhetoric and Composition Program at Mills.
Diane Cady Diane Cady
Associate Professor of English
Department Head of English
Mills Hall, Room 314
510.430.2218, dcady@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 8:20-9:20, Wednesday 11:00-12:00, and by appointment

Professional Interests: Chaucer, late medieval culture, medieval romance, medieval and early modern drama, new economic criticism, gender studies, cultural studies
Julie Chen Julie Chen
Associate Professor of Book Art
CPM, Room 107
510.430.2217, jchen@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00-5:00 and by appointment

An internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited edition artists' books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for over 20 years, Julie Chen's courses include Building the Contemporary Book and The Book in Time and Space.
Tarah Demant Tarah Demant
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall Room 305
510.430.2217, tdemant@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30-2:00, Wednesday 2:30-3:30, and by appointment

American nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, women and gender studies, gender and critical race theory, American nationalisms and foreignisms, whiteness studies, transnational literature, writing and composition
Rebekah Edwards Rebekah Edwards
Visiting Assistant Professor
Siekhaus Faculty Achievement Award
Mills Hall Room 344
510.430.2217, redwards@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:00 and by appointment

Rebekah Edwards' scholarly interests are reflected in her innovative courses on queer theory, disability theory, and visual culture, as well as lesbian and American literatures. In addition to her scholarship in these interdisciplinary fields, Edwards is also a poet; her first book of poems, then's elsewhere, was published in 2011 by Redwood Coast Press.
Kiala Givehand Kiala Givehand
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall Room 128
510.473.5602, kgivehand@mills.edu
Office Hours: by appointment

Kiala Givehand prepares future teachers and social activists in her role as coordinator/instructor for the Community Teaching Project. She is also a poet, and her professional interests include: Southern women writers; young adult literature, poetics, the book as an art form; and distance learning. She is the founding editor of Generations Literary Journal.
Marisa Handler
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall Room 310
510.430.2217, mhandler@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday Tuesday 3:00-4:00

Marisa Handler teaches workshops and craft classes in fiction and prose. She is the author of the award-winning memoir Loyal to the Sky, and her essays, journalism, fiction, and poetry have appeared in multiple magazines, journals, and newspapers. Her fellowships include a Fulbright in Creative Writing. Marisa is also a performing and recording singer-songwriter.
Laleh Khadivi
Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall
Mills Hall Room 344
510.430.2217, lalehkhadivi.write@gmail.com
Office Hours: not teaching in spring

Professional Interests: Creative writing, documentary and narrative filmmaking, photography, film studies
Bula Maddison Bula Maddison
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall, Room 330
510.430.2217, bmaddiso@mills.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00-4:00, Thursday 12:00-1:00, and by appointment

Trained in comparative literature and Biblical studies, Bula Maddison teaches Bible as literature and related courses as well as literary studies, Greco-Roman myth, and world roots of literature. She has a special interest in Bakhtin theory.
kmagowan Kim Magowan
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall, Room 349
510.430.2217, magowan.kim@gmail.com
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:30, Tuesday 2:30-4:00 , and by appointment

Award-winning teacher Kim Magowan has published critical articles on American film and literature as well as fiction. Her scholarly interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literature, modernism, the gothic, African American literature, film, and composition.
Ajuan Mance Ajuan Mance
Professor of English
May Treat Morrison Professorship
Mills Hall, Room 311
510.430.2217, amance@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00-12:00 and by appointment

Professional Interests: African American literature, 19th-century American literature, US popular culture, the oral tradition in US literature, Black feminist thought, African American art
Micheline Marcom Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall, Room 310
510.430.2217, michelinemarcom@gmail.com
Office Hours: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30, Thursdays 1:30-2:30

Micheline Aharonian Marcom teaches workshops and craft classes in prose and the novel. Her first book, Three Apples Fell from Heaven (2001), was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. The Daydreaming Boy (2004) earned her the 2004 Lannan Literary Fellowship as well as the 2005 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction.
Cornelia Nixon Cornelia Nixon
Professor of English
Mills Hall, Room 312
510.430.2217, cnixon@mills.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30-2:15 and by appointment

Cornelia Nixon teaches fiction writing and contemporary fiction. She has two published novels and has received two O. Henry Awards, two Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute.
Achy Obejas Achy Obejas
Distinguished Visiting Writer
Mills Hall, Room 310
510.430.2337, achy.obejas@gmail.com
Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00-2:00 and by appointment

Professional Interests: Literature, translation, travel, politics, Cuba
Erin Peterson Erin Peterson
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall, Room 346
510.430.2217, eripeterson@mills.edu
Office Hours: Thursdays 2:30-4:00 and by appointment

Professional Interests: Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry and drama, literature and religion, lyric, epic, soliloquy, reception and transmission of classical literature
Sarah Pollock Sarah Pollock
Professor of English and Journalism
Program Head of Journalism
Mills Hall, Room 347
510.430.2217, pollock@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30-2:00 and by appointment

A veteran journalist and former Mother Jones senior editor, Sarah Pollock's interests include social/cultural/environmental issues and literature. She is the author of numerous articles, essays, and book reviews for national magazines and newspapers.

Patricia Powell Patricia Powell
Associate Professor of English
Mills Hall Room 351
510.430.2204, ppowell@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00-2:00 and by appointment

Author of Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda, and The Fullness of Everything, Patricia Powell teaches fiction and creative nonfiction workshops as well as courses in African and Caribbean literatures.

Stephen Ratcliffe Stephen Ratcliffe
Professor of English
Faculty Executive Committee Division Representative
John and Martha Davidson Professorship
Mills Hall, Room 303
510.430.2245, sratclif@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 2:30-4:00 and by appointment

Stephen Ratcliffe's work focuses on the creation and critical history of poetry. His scholarly interests span the range of poetic history, from English Renaissance to contemporary, and he has authored books on Shakespeare, Campion, and 20th-century experimental poetry. He has published more than 15 books of poems.

Kathryn Reiss Kathryn Reiss
Associate Professor of English, Part-time
Mills Hall, Room 307
510.430.2217, kreiss@mills.edu
Office Hours: Thursday 1:00-2:15 and by appointment

Award-winning author of more than 12 novels of suspense for children and teens, Kathryn Reiss is the recipient of the ALA Best Books award for YA, and a two-time MWA Edgar Award nominee.
Barbara Jane Reyes Barbara Jane Reyes
Visiting Assistant Professor, Spring
Mills Hall 310
510.430.2217, bjanepr@gmail.com
Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00-12:00
Barbara Jane Reyes is a poet with interests in political and multilingual poetry. She has published three chapbooks as well as three collections of poetry: Gravities of Center (2003); Poeta en San Francisco (2005), which received the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and Diwata (2010), a finalist for the California Book Award.
Kirsten Saxton Kirsten Saxton
Professor of English, Director of Composition
Mills Hall, Room 306
510.430.2214, ktsaxton@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday, Friday 10:00-11:00, and by appointment

Kirsten Saxton has published nationally on 18th-century literature and culture, early British women writers, and the history of the novel in English. Her recent book, Narratives of Women and Murder in England, 1680–1760: Deadly Plots, reflects her interest in theories of criminality and sexuality.
Ruth Saxton Ruth Saxton
Professor of English
On sabbatical 2013-2014
Mills Hall, Room 301
510.430.2217, rsaxton@mills.edu

Passionate about women's voices, Ruth Saxton engages the work of Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, and contemporary novelists in her publications and courses such as The Girl and Fictions of Female Possibility. She is a founder of the Mills writing and women's studies programs.
Cynthia Scheinberg Cynthia Scheinberg
Professor of English, Dean of Graduate Literary Studies
Mills Hall, Room 319
510.430.2213, cyns@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 10:00-11:00, Tuesday 11:00-12:00, Thursday 2:00-3:00, and by appointment

Focusing on the intersections between religion and literature in 19th-century British text, Cynthia Scheinberg's specialties include women poets and Anglo-Jewish writers. Widely published in journals and essay collections, she also has published a book on Jewish identity in Victorian poetics and has won a number of awards for scholarship and teaching.
Juliana Spahr Juliana Spahr
Professor of English
Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Chair
Director of Creative Writing
Mills Hall, Room 315
510.430.2217, jspahr@mills.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00-2:00 and by appointment

Juliana Spahr teaches exploratory forms, ones full of juxtaposed noises, clashing contexts, and community discord even while some of her expectations (and hopes) for writing are more meditative. She publishes poetry, prose, and essay.
Thomas Strychacz Thomas Strychacz
Professor of English
On leave Spring 2014
Mills Hall, Room 304
510.430.2217, toms@mills.edu

Author of three books on literary modernism and many articles on American literature, Tom Strychacz's teaching interests extend from American literature to critical theory, drama, and science fiction.

Troung Tran Truong Tran
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall, Room 350
510.430.2217, truong.celan@gmail.com
Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00-2:00 and by appointment

An award-winning poet and visual artist, Truong Tran is the author of five collections of poetry and a children's book. His work has been translated into Spanish and Dutch, and he was a featured poet in the 2011 Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands—among other awards. He teaches poetry workshops and craft courses at Mills.
Kathy Walkup Kathleen Walkup
Professor of Book Art, Program Head
CPM, Room 119
510.430.2001, kwalk@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 11:00-12:00, Tuesday 1:00-2:00

A lecturer, curator, writer, and teacher, Kathleen has had a profound impact on the field of book art. Her research includes the history of women and print. Her ongoing project, Library of Discards, examines the conceptual nature of artists' books. She teaches pioneering classes that combine historical study and studio art.
Kara Wittman
Visiting Assistant Professor
Director of Rhetoric and Composition
Mills Hall, Room 342
510.430.3136, kwittman@mills.edu
Office Hours: Mondays 11:30-1:00, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 and by appointment

Kara Wittman teaches courses in 19th-century literature; narrative and novel theory; British Romanticism, history and philosophy of science; and intersections between literature, the public good, and the commons. She is director of rhetoric and composition at Mills, and also has interests in the history and theory of pedagogy.
Stephanie Young Stephanie Young
Visiting Assistant Professor
Graduate Programs Director
Mills Hall, Room 317
510.430.3130, syoung@mills.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 11:30-12:30 and by appointment

Stephanie Young teaches workshops and craft classes in poetry. She has published two books of poetry, edited the anthology Bay Poetics, and is managing editor of the Deep Oakland website. Her interests include cross-genre and hybrid writing, poetry communities and movements, new media, documentary poetics, and performance.

 

Staff

Lara Durback
Book Art Studio Director
CPM 120, 510.430.3391, ldurback@mills.edu

Jess Heaney
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Mills Hall Rm 316, 510.430.2240, jheaney@mills.edu

Cheena Marie Lo
Administrative Assistant
clo@mills.edu

Tonianne Nemeth
Executive Assistant
Mills Hall Room 321, 510.430.2217, tnemeth@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 1/24/14