English

Faculty and Staff

Joseph Viera

Joseph Viera

Professor & Chair in English
585-389-2642
jviera1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 496A
Bio

Education: Ph.D. and M.A., Florida State University; B.A., Florida Atlantic University

Teaching and Research Interests: U.S. Latino/a literary and cultural studies, particularly Cuban-American literary culture; identity construction and performance; diaspora and displacement; race and gender politics; 20th-century American literature; ethnic-American literatures; the short story; the novel; rhetoric and composition.

Jerome P. Denno

Jerome P. Denno

Associate Professor in English
585-389-2644
jdenno9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 489
Bio

Education: B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Teaching and Research Interests: English education, British literature surveys, medieval British literature, Anglo-Saxon poetics

Gregory Foran

Gregory Foran

Assistant Professor / Director, College Writing Program in English
585-389-2565
gforan4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 497
Bio

Education: B.A., Connecticut College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Teaching and Research Interests: The English Renaissance, especially Shakespeare and Milton; literature of the British Civil Wars; early modern political philosophy; political theology; the intersection of rhetoric, religion and economics

Suhail Islam

Suhail Islam

Associate Professor in English
585-389-2639
sislam1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 485
Bio

Education: B.A., Dhaka University; M.A., Dhaka; M.A., Windsor; M.A., Northern Arizona; Ph.D., Michigan Technological University

Teaching and Research Interests: Rhetoric and technical communication, linguistics, comparative world literature, post-colonial cultural studies, critical discourse analysis, subaltern studies.

Mark J. Madigan

Mark J. Madigan

Professor / Fulbright Program Advisor in English
585-389-2643
mmadiga2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 479
Bio

Education: B.A., St. Michael's College; M.A., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Teaching and Research Interests: African American literature, modern American literature, popular culture, international education

Read more about Dr. Madigan's involvement with the Fulbright Scholar program at Naz. 

Adrielle A. Mitchell

Adrielle A. Mitchell

Professor in English
585-389-2640
amitche2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 487
Bio

Education: B.A., Hunter College, City University of NY; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Teaching and Research Interests: Word and image studies, graphic narrative, comics studies, gender theory, creative non-fiction, literary and cultural theory, memory studies, transnational memoir, childhood studies.

Joseph Pestino

Joseph Pestino

Professor in English
585-389-2645
jpestin5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 471
Bio

Education: B.A., French, Grove City College; M.A., Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University

Teaching and Research Interests: Experimental fiction, comparative mythology, fable, the novel as a genre, rhetoric, reader-response theory

Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg

Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg

Professor in English
585-389-2648
vskinne5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 498
Bio

Education: B.A., Bowling Green State University; M.A., University of Louisville; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Teaching and Research Interests: Technical writing, rhetoric, drama literature, playwriting, composition.

Edward Wiltse

Edward Wiltse

Professor in English
585-389-2646
ewiltse6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 496B
Bio

Education: A.B., Vassar College; M.A., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., Tufts University

Teaching and Research Interests: Twentieth-century British and Irish literature, post-colonial literature, crime and detective fiction, film, cultural studies, rhetoric and composition.

Liliana Pirillo Palumbo

Liliana Pirillo Palumbo

Secretary in English
585-389-2635
lpirill8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 493
Deborah A. Dooley

Deborah A. Dooley

Professor in English
585-389-2641
ddooley5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 475
Bio

Education: B.A., Nazareth College, M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester

Teaching and Research Interests: British literature, Victorian literature, women's literature, rhetoric, 20th century modern literature, feminist theory, women's studies.

William R. Capossere

William R. Capossere

Lecturer in English
585-389-2650
wcaposs3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 408
Bio

Education: B.S. Buffalo State College, M.A. SUNY Brockport, M.F.A. Pacific Lutheran University (Mount Rainier Writing)

Teaching and Research Interests: Creative writing, the novel, children's writing, fantasy/science fiction

Adam K. Chodak

Adam K. Chodak

Lecturer in English
585-389-2635
achodak2@naz.edu
Anne C. Coon

Anne C. Coon

Lecturer in English
585-389-2989
acoon4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 406
Bio

Education: B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English, State University of New York at Buffalo

Teaching and Research Interests: Creative writing (fiction and poetry), modern poetry, interdisciplinary connections between art, literature, and science.

Antonia T. Messineo

Antonia T. Messineo

Lecturer in English
585-389-2968
amessin8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 408
Rita M. Mignacca

Rita M. Mignacca

Lecturer in English
585-389-2605
rmignac0@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 406
Bio

Education: Ph.D., University at Albany

Teaching and Research Interests: American literature, immigrant literature, children's literature

Trista Nilsson

Trista Nilsson

Lecturer in English
585-389-2635
tnilsso8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 62B
Marjory J. Payne

Marjory J. Payne

Lecturer in English
585-389-2635
mpayne5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 462
Bio

Education: B.A., Nazareth College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Rochester

Teaching and Research Interests: Religion and poetry, American literature, African American literature, Native American literature, 17th-century poetry, modern poetry, short story and novel, rhetoric.

Chojaste Schroeder

Chojaste Schroeder

Lecturer in English
585-389-2635
cschroe9@naz.edu
Bridgette M. Yaxley

Bridgette M. Yaxley

Lecturer in English
585-389-2635
byaxley0@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 62B
Bio

Education: B.S. - SUNY Brockport; M.S. - SUNY Brockport; Ed.D. Candidate - University of Rochester

Teaching and Research Interests: American literature, rhetoric and composition, film studies, children's literature, and trends in online teaching and learning.

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