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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

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.
Diane Cady Diane Cady
Associate Professor of English
On sabbatical 2016-17
Mills Hall, Room 314
510.430.2217, dcady@mills.edu

Professional Interests: Chaucer, late medieval culture, medieval romance, medieval and early modern drama, new economic criticism, gender studies, cultural studies
Julie Chen Julie Chen
Professor of Book Art
CPM, Room 119
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.
Rebekah Edwards Rebekah Edwards
Adjunct Professor
Siekhaus Faculty Achievement Award
Mills Hall Room 344
510.430.2217, redwards@mills.edu
Office Hours: Thursday 3:00-4:30 pm, 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.
Bula Maddison Bula Maddison
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 330
510.430.2217, bmaddiso@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00-5:30, 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
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 349
510.430.2217, magowan.kim@gmail.com
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 am and 2:30-3:30 pm, 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
English Department Chair, Literature
Mills Hall, Room 311
510.430.2213, amance@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00-12:00, Thursday 3:00-4:00 pm

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
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 346
510.430.2217, michelin@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 5:30-6:45, Thursday 3:00-4:00, and by appointment

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.
Achy Obejas Achy Obejas
Distinguished Visiting Writer
Mills Hall, Room 131
510.430.2337, achy.obejas@gmail.com
Office Hours: by appointment only

Professional Interests: Literature, translation, travel, politics, Cuba
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 11:30-12:30 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
Professor of English
Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professorship
English Department Chair, MFA Program
Mills Hall Room 351
510.430.2204, ppowell@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 10:00-12:00, Thursday 12:30-4:00 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
Mills Hall, Room 303
510.430.2217, sratclif@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 2:30-4:00, Tuesday 1:00-2:15, 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
Professor of English
Mills Hall, Room 307
510.430.2217, kreiss@mills.edu
Office Hours: Thursday 3:00-4:00 and 6:30-7:00, and by appointment (arrange via email kreiss@mills.edu)

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.
Kirsten Saxton Kirsten Saxton
Professor of English
Mills Hall, Room 306
510.430.2214, ktsaxton@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 11:30-12:30, Tuesday 11:00-12:00, 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.
Cynthia Scheinberg Cynthia Scheinberg
Professor of English
Mills Hall, Room 310
510.430.2217, cyns@mills.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:15-2:15, Thursday 3:00-4:00, or 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
Joan Danforth Professorship in the Arts
Mills Hall, Room 315
510.430.2217, jspahr@mills.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30-2:30, or 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
May Treat Morrison Professor
Mills Hall, Room 304
510.430.2217, toms@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 12:20-2:30, Tuesday 12:20-2:00, Thursday 5:00-6:00, and by appointment

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
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 350
510.430.2217, truong.celan@gmail.com
Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30-2:15, 5:15-6:30, 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 12:30-1:00, Wednesday 4:00-5:00, Thursday 1:00-2:00 by appointment only

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.
Stephanie Young Stephanie Young
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 319
510.430.2217, syoung@mills.edu
Office Hours: Thursday 12:30-2:00 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.


Project Verb

Lisa Gray
Mills Hall 133, 510.430.2217, lgray@mills.edu
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:15 pm, or by appointment (MH 221)



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

Christina Fisher
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Mills Hall Room 319, 510.430.2240, chfisher@mills.edu

Mark Sarigianis
Studio Coordinator
CPM 120, 510.430.3391, msarigianis@mills.edu

Stephanie Young
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs
Mills Hall 317, 510.430.2217, syoung@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 1/27/17