English

Rebecca Adams

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Hadara Bar-Nadav

Professor
816-235-2764 x1
barnadavh@umkc.edu
hadarabar.com

Dr. Bar-Nadav, who came to UMKC in 2007, is an award-winning poet who focuses her research on creative writing practice, craft, and pedagogy. Other interests...

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Amir Baritijourabi

Graduate Teaching Assistant
816-235-1150
ab69b@mail.umkc.edu

Amir Barati entered the I.Ph.D. program at UMKC in 2016. He focuses his research on 20th- and 21st-century British and American fiction, Persian (his mother tongue)...

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John Barton

Associate Professor
816-235-2764 x2
bartonjc@umkc.edu

John Cyril Barton earned his B.A. in English from University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in English (with an emphasis in critical theory) from University...

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Peter Bayless

Adjunct Instructor
baylessp@umkc.edu

Peter Bayless came to UMKC in the fall of 2011 and has been teaching since 2013. His areas of interest include fiction and narrative (particularly weird or offbeat...

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Virginia Blanton

Curators' Distinguished Professor
816-235-2766 x1
blantonv@umkc.edu
CODICES

Professor Blanton, who came to UMKC in 2002, focuses her research on medieval women and their relationship with books, as writers, readers, patrons, and book...

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Britta Bletscher

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Antonio Byrd

Assistant Professor
816-235-2764 x3
antoniobyrd@umkc.edu

Having joined the English Language and Literature faculty in 2019, Professor Byrd studies computer programming as a literacy and how Black/African Americans access...

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Niki Casady

Graduate Instructor
816-235-2556 x3

Niki has been with UMKC since 2013, first working on her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and now on an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in English and Humanities. Her M.F.A....

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Madison Clay

Graduate Instructor

Alison Coupland

Graduate Instructor

Joan Dean

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor
816-235-2764 x3
deanj@umkc.edu

Joan Dean teaches courses in drama and film, Renaissance and modern literature. Since coming to UMKC in 1975, she has served as dean of libraries, director of...

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Stephen Dilks

Professor
816-235-2556
dilkss@umkc.edu

Born in Lincolnshire to a military family, Dilks attended school in Cyprus, worked on farms and in factories, busked for money in the Paris Metro and across Europe,...

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Crystal Doss

Associate Teaching Professor
816-235-2764 x5
dosscr@umkc.edu

Professor Doss started teaching at UMKC in 2011. She focuses her teaching on American literature and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Academic...

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Shawn Edie

Adjunct Instructor
816-235-1305
sme522@umkc.edu

Shawn Edie is a twenty-year veteran of the high school and college classroom who came to UMKC in 2019. He lived in Hong Kong for four years and traveled much...

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Laurie Ellinghausen

Professor, Associate Chair
816-235-2764 x6
ellinghausenl@umkc.edu

Dr. Ellinghausen came to UMKC in 2003. Her research focuses on Renaissance/early modern English literature and culture (Tudor and Jacobean), with special emphases...

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Thomas Ferrel

Instructor and Director of the Writing Studio

Jennifer Frangos

Associate Professor
816-235-2764 x7
frangosj@umkc.edu

Dr. Frangos joined the English Department in 2007. Her research interests center on print culture, women, and sexuality in the “long eighteenth century” in...

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Milton Gomez

Graduate Teaching Assistant
816-235-1150
mjg28d@mail.umkc.edu

Milton Gomez was an English teacher for 12 years in Colombia, South America, where he was the English Department director for one of the country’s largest...

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Derek Graf

Adjunct Instructor

Jane Greer

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor
816-235-2764 x8
greerj@umkc.edu

Professor Greer focuses her archival research on the rhetorical performances and literacy practices of women and girls in the United States in the nineteenth...

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Emily Grover

Hollie Hayes

Adjunct Instructor

Mary Henn

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Christie Hodgen

Professor
816-235-2764 x1
hodgenc@umkc.edu

Christie Hodgen, who came to UMKC in 2007, writes novels and short fiction, and is currently at work on a memoir.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in...

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Sheila Honig

Lecturer
816-235-2765 x2
honigs@umkc.edu

Professor Honig’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She became a full-time English Lecturer in 1987. ...

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Tori Hook

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Ben Jasnow

Adjunct Instructor
816-235-2555 x3
jasnowb@umkc.edu

Dr. Jasnow came to UMKC in 2016. His research focuses on ancient Greek poetry in its social and historical context.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D....

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Cynthia Jones

Lecturer
816-235-2765 x3
jonescy@umkc.edu

Dr. Jones, who joined UMKC in 2006, focuses on teaching and research in the areas of Classical literature, sacred texts, and their reception throughout the ages....

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Stephanie Klein

Graduate Instructor

Audrey Lester

Office Support Assistant IV
816-235-1307
lesterak@umkc.edu

Audrey coordinates all office operations for the English Department, including payroll, budgeting, graduate admissions, communications, and events. Whether you...

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Daniel Mahala

Associate Professor
816-235-2765 x4
mahalad@umkc.edu

Dan Mahala is an associate professor of English. His research areas include rhetorical history and theory, critical theory and cultural studies, English education,...

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Jared McCormack

Graduate Teaching Assistant
816-235-1150
jem3k9@mail.umkc.edu

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Secondary English Education, Jared spent almost ten years traveling and teaching abroad...

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Luke McKiddy

Adjunct Instructor

James McKusick

Professor and Dean of the Honors College
816-235-5569
honors@umkc.edu

James McKusick is Professor of English and Founding Dean of the Honors College. He completed his B.A. at Dartmouth College, and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D....

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Mary Miller

Graduate Teaching Assistant
816-235-1150
mjmy87@mail.umkc.edu

Mary Jean Miller joined UMKC in 2016 to further pursue her academic career. Her research focuses on medicine and its interpretation within literature in England...

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Ashley Mistretta

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Sarah Mundy

Adjunct Instructor
816-235-2557 x3
mundysb@umkc.edu

Professor Mundy teaches composition and public speaking for the Discourse Program, with a focus on visual, written, and spoken rhetoric crossing many mediums....

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Ashley Pendleton

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Jennifer Phegley

Professor, Chair
816-235-2766 x2
phegleyj@umkc.edu

Professor Phegley joined the UMKC English Department in 1999 as a specialist in transatlantic nineteenth-century literature. Her work focuses on Victorian authorship,...

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Jeffrey Pollard

Adjunct Instructor
816-235-2557 x5
pollardjs@umkc.edu
www.jeffpollard.webs.com

Jeff Pollard came to UMKC in 2008 as a graduate student and graduate teaching assistant. After graduation, and a stint as an adjunct professor at Park University,...

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Michael Pritchett

Associate Professor
816-235-2765 x5
pritchettmi@umkc.edu

Professor Pritchett joined the University of Missouri System as visiting assistant professor in fiction writing in 1995 and became a full-time professor at UMKC...

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Ann Raab

Adjunct Instructor
raaba@umkc.edu
Bates County Missouri Archaeology

Dr. Raab, who came to UMKC in 2008, is interested in historic sites archaeology, focusing on economics and land use during the nineteenth century in the American...

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Janet Reed

Graduate Instructor at Literacy KC

Frank Richardson

Adjunct Instructor

Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox

Curators' Distinguished Professor
816-235-2765 x6
rydbergcoxj@umkc.edu

Professor Rydberg-Cox, who came to UMKC in 2001, does research on methodologies for digitizing texts and other materials in the humanities, multispectral analysis...

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Jennifer Sackhoff

Adjunct Instructor

Erin Saxon

Graduate Instructor
816-235-1150
elszp5@umkc.edu

Erin Saxon is an M.F.A. student focusing on fiction. She completed her undergraduate degree at UMKC in 2015 and began teaching Discourse in 2016, when she started...

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Abigail Shaffer

Adjunct Instructor
816-235-2557 x6
shafferab@umkc.edu
abigailrshaffer.com

Abigail Shaffer has taught a variety of writing-related courses, including creative writing, composition, and now discourse. Shaffer came to UMKC in 2016 and...

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Henry Shi

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Anthony Shiu

Associate Professor
816-235-2765 x7
shiua@umkc.edu

Dr. Shiu’s previous research and publications dealt with a number of interrelated literary and cultural concerns: Asian American, ethnic studies, turntablism/hip-hop...

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Cody Shrum

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Nicolas Shump

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Robert Stewart

Associate Research Professor, Editor-in-Chief New Letters, New Letters on the Air, BkMk Press
816-235-2610
stewartr@umkc.edu
http://www.newletters.org/magazine/robert-stewarts-page

Robert Stewart came to UMKC in 1976 and left in 1980; he returned in 1985, to specialize in poetry and nonfiction writing, magazine and books editing and publishing,...

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Anne Stokes

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Whitney Terrell

Associate Professor
816-235-2765 x8
Terrellw@umkc.edu
www.whitneyterrell.com

Whitney Terrell, who came to UMKC in 2004, teaches graduate and undergraduate creative writing. The Boston Globe and The Washington Post selected...

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Jadie Veatch

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Aaron Velasquez

Adjunct Instructor

Craig Workman

Adjunct Instructor
816-235-2555 x4
cmw457@mail.umkc.edu

Professor Workman, who began teaching at UMKC in 2008, focuses his doctoral research on examining the roles of canonicity and authorized reading in limiting the...

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Torie Wynn

Adjunct Instructor