Faculty and Staff

Mark Cirino, Professor and Department Chair / Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature

Dr. Mark Cirino

Professor and Department Chair / Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature

Olmsted Hall, Room 325

Mark Cirino received his PhD at the Graduate Center-CUNY. Of his eight books about American literature as writer or editor, his most recent is One True Sentence: Writers & Readers on Hemingway’s Art (2022), with Michael Von Cannon. He serves as the General Editor for Kent State University Press's “Reading Hemingway” series, for which he wrote the volume on Across the River and into the Trees (2016) and co-edited Reading Winner Take Nothing (2021) with former UE student Susan Vandagriff. Dr. Cirino is the host of the popular Hemingway Society-sponsored podcast, One True Podcast.
Robert Baines, Associate Professor/English

Dr. Robert Baines

Associate Professor/English

Olmsted Hall, Room 327

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. He 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 Dublin James Joyce Journal, European Joyce Studies, the Irish Literary Supplement, the Journal of Modern Literature, and Modern Fiction Studies. He is currently working on a monograph on the role of philosophy in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. He teaches twentieth-century literature, the second and third British literature surveys, Shakespeare, and Critical Theory.
Kristina Hochwender, Associate Professor/English

Dr. Kristina Hochwender

Associate Professor/English

Olmsted Hall, Room 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.
Sara Petrosillo, Assistant Professor/English

Dr. Sara Petrosillo

Assistant Professor/English

Olmsted Hall, Room 326

Sara Petrosillo received her BA in English and Italian Literature from Colby College, and her PhD in English from the University of California, Davis. Her scholarship focuses on medieval literature and feminism and she has published articles on medieval poetry and drama in the Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory, Medieval Feminist Forum, and in a 2018 essay collection, Animal Languages in the Middle Ages: Representations of Interspecies Communication (Palgrave-Macmillan). She is currently working on a book about the cultural influence of falconry on medieval reading practices, Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and the Poetics of Control in Medieval Literary Culture. She teaches the first half of the British literature survey, first year seminars, world classics, and early English literature.
Tiffany Griffith, Assistant Professor / English / Director of Composition

Dr. Tiffany Griffith

Assistant Professor / English / Director of Composition

Olmsted Hall, Room 328

Tiffany Griffith earned her MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas and her PhD in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her composition and rhetoric scholarship focuses on composition pedagogy and knowledge transfer, and the emphasis of her literary scholarship is on Gothic Literature. Her translation work centers on Norse Sagas; an excerpt of her translation of Greenlanders' Saga has been anthologized in Inventing a Continent: Voices from Colonial America. She has taught classes in literature, writing, and gender and women's studies, and she currently teaches writing-intensive first year seminars.


Michelle Lehman, Administrative Assistant, Department of English and Creative Writing and Department of History, Politics, and Social Change

Mrs. Michelle Lehman

Administrative Assistant, Department of English and Creative Writing and Department of History, Politics, and Social Change

Olmsted Hall, Room OH 322

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