Lorie Yearwood joined the Rhodes College Department of English in 2006 after working 17 years at The University of Memphis. She received the 2010 Outstanding Administrative Staff award. Her nominators wrote: “Lorie has done a phenomenal job for the English department. She is even-tempered, cordial, professional; she anticipates deadlines and makes helpful suggestions.
Caki Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections Circles Where the Head Should Be (UNT Press, 2011), which won the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize, and The Wynona Stone Poems (Persea Books, 2014), which won the 2013 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award. A graduate of Rhodes, she earned her MFA at The Johns Hopkins University and her PhD at the University of Cincinnati.
Brian W. Shaffer teaches classes in twentieth century British literature and the modern novel. Dr. Shaffer has written several books and articles on Anglo-Japanese novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Laureate in literature. A member of the Rhodes English department since 1990, he has received awards for his teaching and scholarship. He is the author of a book on the ways in which Modern British novels enter the early twentieth-century "civilization" debate.
Seth Rudy joined the faculty of Rhodes College in August 2010, after having completed his PhD at New York University. A student of British literature from the “long” eighteenth century, his classes address authors and areas of inquiry from the Scientific Revolution to the end of the Romantic period. Prof. Rudy is particularly interested in the history of ideas and large-scale knowledge projects.
Rashna Richards is Associate Professor and T. K. Young Chair of English. She also directs the Film and Media Studies program. Her teaching and research interests include American film and television, critical theory, and transnational cultural studies.
Jason Richards joined the English Department in 2008 as a visiting assistant professor before starting on the tenure track in 2012. His teaching and research interests include early and nineteenth-century American literature, Gothic studies, postcolonial studies, and critical race theory. His writing has appeared in ARIEL, Novel, American Transcendental Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Prose, and African American Review. His book, Imitation Nation: Red, White, and Blackface in Early and Antebellum U.S.
Leslie Petty teaches courses in nineteenth-century American literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and American Studies. She joined the Rhodes faculty in 2003, after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Professor Petty’s book, Romancing the Vote: Feminist Activism in American Fiction, 1870-1920, was published in 2006.
Scott Newstok teaches literature of the English Renaissance as well as film, rhetoric, education, lyric poetry, and the humanities. In 2012 Professor Newstok received the Campus Life Award for Outstanding Faculty Member and in 2016 he received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Judith Haas joined the Rhodes English department in 2002 after earning a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to teaching in the English Department, she is also Co-director of Postgraduate Scholarships and Fellowships. Her research interests include medieval romance, retellings of the fall of Troy in medieval and early modern literature, Feminist and Queer Theory, and Literary Theory.
Ernest L. Gibson III joined the Rhodes College Department of English in 2012 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and completing his tenure as the Thurgood Marshall Fellow of African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College. His teaching and research interests include African American literature, Male Studies, Black Popular Culture and Literary/Cultural Theory. Vita