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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. 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. A secondary area of interest and study is the representation of racial identity in media culture. Her current projects include a study of the challenges of reading academic webtexts, a co-authored paper on the pervasiveness of whiteness in network dramas featuring black female leads, and a collaborative study of faculty attitudes toward teaching writing.


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. In the spring of 2014, Dr. MacMaster will offer a course on Milton and the English Revolution.


Dr. Suzanne Marrs took her Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Marrs teaches courses in composition, nineteen and twentieth-century American literature, and twentieth-century southern literature. Her research interests center on the American South and especially upon Eudora Welty. She has lectured on Welty's fiction in this country, in Russia, and in France, and was a consultant for the 1987 BBC documentary on Eudora Welty. In addition to numerous articles, she has published three books: The Welty Collection, Welty and Politics: "Did the Writer Crusade?" (co-edited with Harriel Pollack), and One Writer's Imagination: the Fiction of Eudora Welty. Dr. Marrs received the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Eudora Welty Scholarship in 1998 and currently is Welty Foundation Scholar in Residence.


Dr. Greg Millerwhose poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Chicago Review, Open City, Tikkun, and other journals, will be on sabbatical during the 2013-14 academic year. His three books of poetry, Rib Cage (2001) and Iron Wheel (1998) were published by the University of Chicago Press, and Mississippi Sudan (2006) by Mercy Seat Press in late 2006. George Herbert's 'Holy Patterns': Reforming Individuals in Community, a scholarly study of the seventeenth-century Anglican priest and poet, was published by Continuum Publishing in June of 2007. Miller has been a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Yaddo and MacDowell Colonies in the United States, and at the Camargo Foundation and the CAMAC Centre d'Art in France. Miller was named Mississippi Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Having served as chair of the English Department and President of the Faculty Council, Miller is a professor of English at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi; he received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, his M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University and his B.A. in French Literature and Political Science from Vanderbilt University. Miller currently serves as chair of the Sudanese Ministry Committee of the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Mississippi, and he has edited and published, with the help of his students, a pamphlet of personal stories by Sudanese refugees entitled The Long Journey: Sudanese Refugees in Mississippi Tell Their Stories, copies of which may be downloaded free, The Long Journey: Sudanese Refugees in Mississippi Tell Their Stories.


Dr. Edward Porter joins Millsaps as a faculty teaching fellow in creative writing, specializing in both fiction and playwriting. His short fiction has appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, and Booth, and has been anthologized in Best New American Voices and Best Indie Lit New England. In 2012, his story "Tough Little Wife" was a winner of AWP's Intro Journals award. A James C. McCreight Fellow in Fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007-2008, he has also received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, and LaMuse in Labastide-Esparbarenque France. He holds an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where he was a fiction editor for Gulf Coast magazine. His essays on fiction have appeared on Bloom, The Millions, and the National Book Awards site.