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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, yet we still have some of the smallest class sizes for undergraduate courses. This unique position allows us to develop inclusive experiences with language and literacy, as we invite all students to be careful, compassionate, and creative thinkers and problem-solvers. We encourage students to actively cultivate their knowledge through student organizations, internships, study-abroad, and service-learning projects.



English Department Hours and Contact Information

Spring 2021 office hours can be found on our Contact Us page. Faculty and Staff will be available by remote access.

COVID Response


The Hemingway Literary Center presents 

Peter Fifield of Birbeck University of London to speak on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic – Fri. Jan. 22 – 12 pm MT

Join us for a virtual lecture on William Maxwell, They Came Like Swallows. Through the eyes of other characters, we come to know a wife and mother who is the center of her child’s and husband’s worlds as they face the 1918 influenza pandemic. Professor Fifield is the author of Modernism and Physical Illness.

Please email and provide your name and email if you would like to participate in this Zoom webinar session. Also, feel free to share this invitation with friends and colleagues!

Department of English Linguistics Program and Gender Studies Program with funding provided in part by the Idaho Humanities Council presents

Dr. Jessi Grieser of University of Tennessee Knoxville will speak on Intersectionality and Language – Wed. Feb. 3 – 3pm MT

All talks will take place virtually via Livestream and registration
options will be made available as the dates near.

For questions, please contact Dr. Chris VanderStouwe at

The Hemingway Literary Center presents

Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi – Thur. Feb. 11 – 5pm MT

A 1927 novel set in northern Italy during the Spanish occupation and plague of 1628. Renzo and Lucia struggle through the changing political and emotional landscape to reunite and marry.

Please email and provide your name and email if you would like to participate in this Zoom webinar session. Also, feel free to share this invitation with friends and colleagues!


English Dept. Scholarship Recipients
$25,500 awarded for Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Amanda Hawks
Bryan Cain
Carlee Benjamin
Danica Cross
Emily Sanchez
Grace Jurhs
Hunter Kelmann
Jacey Anderson
Jesus Rivera
Kaden Wood
Kayla Kaiser
Nicole Plumb
Reagan Burke
Sariah Hilbish
Shyann Gambill

To apply for future scholarships: Visit
Complete the general application. Once the general application is complete, click on the Department of English scholarships application.

English Department Graduates – BA Fall 2020

Alfredo Ocaranza – Literature
Amanda Carruth – Literature
Amy Letterle – Teaching
Brianna Meyer – Tech Comm
Carlee Benjamin – Literature
Chelsea Gerard – Writing, Rhet
Courtney Chase – Literature
David Collie – Writing, Rhet
Emily McQuade – Literature
Emma Cummins – Writing, Rhet
Eric Ellis – Literature
Janelle Thirtyacre – Teaching
Jennifer Roberts – Writing, Rhet
Jessica Randall – Tech Comm
Jodie Crockett – Teaching
John Barrie – Writing, Rhet
Kacey Bates – Tech Comm
Karah Frazier-Harrold – Literature
Kayla Scord – Linguistics
Lainey Anderson – Writing, Rhet
Lexy Nagy – Teaching
Mabel Morales – Writing, Rhet
Megan Wheeler – Writing, Rhet
Michal Bilger – Teaching
Sabina Barber – Literature
Sam Heidelberg – Teaching
Taylor Greenside – Teaching

English Department Graduates – MA Fall 2020

Alannah Ackaret – Tech Comm
Angela Fairbanks – Tech Comm
Marijke Vanderschaaf – Tech Comm
Morgan Ackley – Tech Comm
Taylor Lusk – Tech Comm

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Gautam Basu Thakur, Associate Professor

Faculty Spotlight

Gautam Basu Thakur is an associate professor of English and director of the Critical Theory Minor who is interested in exploring how Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalytic theory can help explain subject relations in British colonial India, the postcolonial world, and the global present. More specifically, he is interested in interventions of theoretical psychoanalysis in postcolonial studies; the British Empire and its afterlife in global/transnational literary and (new) media cultures; and comparative cultural politics. A 2020 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Excellence awardee for his commitment to teaching, research, and service, Basu Thakur’s recent books – Postcolonial Lack: Identity, Culture, Surplus and Reading Lacan’s Seminar VIII: On Transference (both, 2020), see: Palgrave MacMillan–, highlight ways in which Lacanian theory speaks to long-standing disciplinary conversations as well as toward understanding different/differenced subjectivities in the era of multiculturalism, identity politics, and sundry crises facing secular democracies world-wide. More information about Basu Thakur’s recent books can be found at Suny Press. For Basu Thakur’s previous books, Postcolonial Theory and Avatar (2015), see: Bloomsbury; and, for Lacan and the Nonhuman (2018), see: Palgrave MacMillan More information about Basu Thakur’s research and teaching You can contact Basu Thakur at

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