English Department

Welcome to the Department of English! With more than 50 full-time faculty representing five fields, we are the largest academic department on campus. Our size and our diversity allows us to offer students a unique experience to learn about language and literacy to prepare humans to be careful and compassionate thinkers and creative problem-solvers.

Lit for Lunch

“Exile, Refuge, Home”

Explore how narratives shape our understanding of diaspora, displacement, and discovery.

Book discussions are free and open to the public.

Friday, December 6
12:10 – 1:00 PM
Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Bingham Room, 3rd Floor
Kao Kalia Yang, The Latehomecomer:

This memoir of Yang’s own story of coming to America speaks to the displaced existence of the Hmong people as a whole. She relates in vivid detail the first seven years of her life, spent in a Thai refugee camp, as a time of family and joyfulness. Despite the utter poverty and deprivation she and her family suffered as escapees, it is the creation of home in family that buoys her story.

Books are available at Rediscovered Books on 8th street between Main and Idaho which gives a 10% discount and at the BSU Bookstore in the Student Union Building (208-426-1362), which gives a 25% discount. For more information, contact BSU English Professor Cheryl Hindrichs,

Hemingway Literary Center


Enda Duffy

“WILD IRISH: The Emigrant People’s History of Irish Literature”

Friday, December 6
6:00 PM
Hemingway Center Gallery, 1819 Cesar Chavez Lane

Event is free and open to the public.

Michal Temkin Martinez - Associate Professor, Director of Linguistics, Director of The Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab

Faculty Spotlight

Michal Temkin Martinez is interested in improving the experiences of undergraduate linguistics students locally and nationally. As Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation grant (with colleague Dr. Kazuko Hiramatsu), Temkin Martinez is co-facilitating a Faculty Learning Community to improve the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in linguistics. Locally, Temkin Martinez works closely with students outside the classroom, living on campus as a Faculty in Residence and supervising interns as director of the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab. Last year, Temkin Martinez received the David S. Taylor award — Boise State’s highest award for service to students.

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“An English degree, what are you going to do with that? My degree was in English, so I think the answer to that question is, you can be a fighter pilot or a university president.” -Dr. Marlene Tromp, President of Boise State University

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