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. Her first book, Cinematic Flashes: Cinephilia and Classical Hollywood (Indiana UP, 2013), offered a cinephiliac history of the studio system.
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
Lori Garner joined the Rhodes College faculty in Fall 2009. Her teaching and research interests include Old and Middle English literature, the history and structure of the English language, and studies in folklore and oral traditions. She serves as faculty sponsor for the English honor society (Sigma Tau Delta), the Rhodes College SIGN Club, and the Deaf Family Literacy fellowship.
Rebecca Finlayson joined the English department in 1998; she teaches The New Yorker first-year writing seminar, as well as courses in Shakespeare and general literature. She is also the Director of College Writing. Before coming to Rhodes, she completed her doctorate in Early Modern literature at Emory University.
A member of the Rhodes English Department since 1996, Marshall teaches courses in 20th Century American Literature and Fiction Writing. In addition to full-length studies of contemporary writers John Updike and David Foster Wallace, Marshall has published two works of fiction, the story collection Trouble with Girls (Algonquin 2003), which was an April 2003 Book Sense 76 pick, and the novel, Alternative Atlanta (Delacorte Press 2005), both of which are now available in paperback.
Gordon Bigelow teaches courses on nineteenth-century English literature and on the literature and culture of modern Ireland. He joined the department of English at Rhodes in 1998, after earning a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His first book focused on connections between literature and economic thought in the nineteenth century He is currently at work on a book dealing with the Irish fiction of Anthony Trollope and the history of the modern novel.