Faculty and Staff
Dr. William Hemminger
Olmsted Hall 329
Bill Hemminger earned his BA from Columbia University and his PhD in literature from Ohio University. He studied piano at Juilliard and French at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal,| and later became a Fulbright professor in Madagascar and Cameroon. In addition to his work as a literary critic and as a translator, particularly of works by African writers, Dr. Hemminger writes poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction. His 'Friend of the Family' won the 1994 Syndicated Fiction Project competition sponsored by National Public Radio. His book, African Son, was published in 2012. He teaches French, literature, and world cultures.
Dr. Robert Baines
Robert Baines earned his BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, and his M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish Literature and his PhD in English from Trinity College Dublin.| Dr. Baines specializes in twentieth-century British and Irish literature, and his research focuses on James Joyce. He has published articles and reviews in such journals as the Journal of Modern Literature, European Joyce Studies, and Modern Fiction Studies. He teaches twentieth-century literature, Shakespeare, both halves of the British literature survey and first-year seminars.
Dr. Larry Caldwell
Olmsted Hall 324
Larry Caldwell received his BA in English and German from Central College, his MA in English and Germanic Languages from the University of Nebraska, and his PhD in English, likewise from the University of Nebraska.| He has been named Outstanding Teacher of the Year and has published articles on cinema, Norse saga, and utopian literature, especially the works of George Orwell and H.G. Wells. Dr. Caldwell teaches Norse myth, British literature from the medieval period through the Romantics, and First Year Seminar.
Dr. Mark Cirino
Olmsted Hall 325
Mark Cirino received his PhD at the Graduate Center-CUNY. He is the co-editor of Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory (Kent State UP 2010) and is the author of Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action (U of Wisconsin Press 2012).| He serves as the General Editor for Kent State University Press's 'Reading Hemingway' series, for which he is writing the volume on Across the River and into the Trees. He taught creative writing and American literature at New York University for eight years, and he is the author of two novels, Name the Baby (Anchor 1998) and Arizona Blues (Rogner & Bernhard 2000). His fiction has been published in Drunken Boat, and his scholarly work has been published in The Hemingway Review, The Mailer Review, Papers on Language and Literature, Voices in Italian Americana, and PMLA. He teaches American literature, and also hosts 'Important Words,' a radio talk show on WUEV devoted to literature.
Dr. Kristina Hochwender
Olmsted Hall 330
Kristina Hochwender earned her BA from Cornell College, and her MA and PhD from Washington University. Dr. Hochwender specializes in Victorian fiction, with her primary research centering on 19th century clerical novels,| particularly on the intersection of national and spiritual representation in the person of the Victorian clergyman. Her focus on literature of faith and doubt has led to presentations on works by Margaret Oliphant, George MacDonald, Harold Frederic, and W.H. Auden. She is a contributor to the Victorian Web, and teaches surveys of English and American literature; topics courses in the English Novel and Victorian Literature; and writing intensive first-year seminars.
Mrs. Katherine Martyn
Administrative Assistant/English & History
Olmsted Hall 322