Dr. Curtis Coats joined the English faculty at Millsaps College in 2009 to help launch the new communications major. He earned his doctorate in Communications from the University of Colorado in 2007. In 2008, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture at University of Colorado. His research explores media and religion in everyday life, with particular emphases on religious/spiritual tourism and the role of media and religion on gender identity. He is at work on a manuscript with co-author Stewart M. Hoover that explores the relationships among media, religion and masculinity, and he recently finished a chapter on New Age tourism in Sedona, Arizona, for the forthcoming edited volume, Media, Spiritualities and Social Change.
Dr. Anita DeRouen, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing & Teaching, is a native of south Louisiana. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Georgia in 2007 and joined the Millsaps faculty in 2008. Dr. DeRouen's main foci are composition and rhetoric, particularly issues related to the acquisition, practice, and retention of digital literacy skills, but her scholarly and teaching pursuits also include study of the British Romantic and Modern periods (particularly the work of William Blake and W. B. Yeats) and various topics related to writing and digital culture. She is currently working on studies of the literacy and communicative challenges of online reading and the application of markup language to disciplinary reading tasks.