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Department of English


Dr. Richard Boada, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, earned his doctorate from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. His book of poems, The Error of Nostalgia, (Texas Review Press) will be released Fall 2013, and his chapbook, Archipelago Sinking, was nominated for the 2012 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award. His poems have appeared in RHINO, Third Coast, Southern California Review, Yalobusha Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Louisville Review, Jabberwock Review, Poetry East, Oyez Review, Reed Magazine, Rio Grande Review, and elsewhere. Dr. Boada served as Millsaps College's Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Rhetoric and Writing Administration from 2009 to 2012 working as the Writing Center Coordinator and teaching courses in Creative Writing and Environmental Communications. In 2013 he returned to Millsaps to teach courses in Creative Writing, English Literature, and Latin American Studies. 


Dr. Curtis Coats joined the English faculty at Millsaps College in 2009 to help launch the new communication studies major. He earned his doctorate in Communication from the University of Colorado in May 2008. 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 and co-author, Stewart M. Hoover, are at work on a manuscript, "Does God make the man?: religion, media and the crisis of masculinity," which has been accepted for publication by NYU Press. He and Monica Emerich are also working on an edited volume tentatively titled "Practical Spirituality."


Dr. Laura Franey, Associate Professor of English, is a Southern California native with a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. Since joining the Millsaps faculty in 1999, she has taught a range of courses that radiate out from her primary research and teaching interests: Victorian literature, post-colonial studies, eighteenth-century literature, and the novel. In 2003 Palgrave Macmillan published her monograph Victorian Travel Writing and Imperial Violence: British Writing on Africa, 1855-1902. In 2007, she published a new edition of the first novel published in the United States by a person of Japanese descent -- The American Diary of a Japanese Girl, by Yone Noguchi. Dr. Franey is presently working on a book-length study of women's modes of transportation as portrayed in Victorian prose fiction and art.


Dr. Eric Griffin, Professor and Chair of the English Department, hails from California's San Joaquin Valley. His recent book, English Renaissance Drama and the Specter of Spain: Ethnopoetics and Empire(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), explores Anglo-Hispanic literary and cultural relations from the late fifteenth through the early seventeenth centuries. His work on England and Spain has appeared in such journals as Representations, English Literary Renaissance, CR: The New Centennial Review, and The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies. An essay on the colonial writing of Captain John Smith, which compares English and Spanish colonial efforts in North America, appeared in Envisioning an English Empire: Jamestown and the Invention of the North Atlantic World, Robert Appelbaum and John Wood Sweet eds. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005). Recognized by the Mississippi Humanities Council as Millsaps' 2012 Humanities Teacher of the Year, Professor Griffin teaches regularly in the Living in Yucatan Program and directs the Millsaps College Program in Latin American Studies.


Dr. Anne C. MacMaster's areas of teaching-interest include modernist fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as the art of adaptation--turning fiction into film. Courses that she has offered recently include "Homer's Odyssey and Joyce's Ulysses," "Twentieth-Century African American Fiction," and "Faulkner, Film, and Social Justice," and authors whom she has published on include Wharton, Woolf, James, Keats, and Milton.