Faculty Directory

  Name Research Areas Contact
John Alvis, Ph.D. John Alvis, Ph.D.
Professor, English Department
Shakespeare, Milton, Hawthorne, Melville alvis@udallas.edu
Braniff Graduate Building #362
972-721-5365
Brett Bourbon, Ph.D. Brett Bourbon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English Department
Philosophy of Language bourbon@udallas.edu
Braniff 368
972-265-5829
Scott Crider, Ph.D. Scott Crider, Ph.D.
Professor, English, English Department
Shakespeare, The Trivium crider@udallas.edu
University of Dallas Rome Program, Via dei Ceraseti 12, 00047 Marino (RM), Italy
+39 06.457.68.554
David Davies, Ph.D. David Davies, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English and Classics, English Department
Milton, Greek and Latin literature davies@udallas.edu
Braniff 366
972-721-5213
Kathryn Davis, Ph.D. Kathryn Davis, Ph.D.
English Department
Literature kedavis@udallas.edu
Braniff 120
972-721-5845
Robert Scott Dupree, Ph.D. Robert Dupree, Ph.D.
Professor, English, English Department
European Literature and Culture, Literary Theory rdupree@udallas.edu
Catherine Hall 225
972-721-5311
Eileen Gregory, Ph.D. Eileen Gregory, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, English Department
Discipline of Lyric, Contemporary poetry eileen@udallas.edu
Augustine Hall #108
972-721-5243
Theresa Kenney, Ph.D. Theresa Kenney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English, English Department
Shakespeare, Medieval literature, Dante, and Nineteenth-Century novels, especially Jane Austen tereska02@gmail.com
Braniff 308
972-721-4069
Fr. Robert Maguire, O.Cist. Robert Maguire, O. Cist.
Afilliate Assistant Professor, English Department
Southern Literature, Irish Literature bluehawk@udallas.edu
Braniff 318
972-721-5343
Andrew Moran, Ph.D. Andrew Moran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English Department
Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Evelyn Waugh amoran@udallas.edu
Braniff 236
972-721-4115
Andrew Osborn, Ph.D. Andrew Osborn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; IPS Director, Braniff Graduate School, English Department
Poetic difficulty, formalism, and lyric theory aosborn@udallas.edu
Braniff 314
972-721-4087
Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D. Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chair, English Department, English Department
Joseph Conrad, the psychology of extreme conditions as depicted in modern literature, the artist as critic in the 20th century. dbaldwin@udallas.edu
Braniff 364
972-721-4051
Gregory Roper, Ph.D. Gregory Roper (Greg), Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English Department
Middle English literature roper@udallas.edu
Braniff Graduate Building #360
972-721-5345
Steven Stryer, D.Phil. Steven Stryer, D. Phil.
Associate Professor, English, English Department
The intersections among political ideology, historical thought, and literary style in the eighteenth century stryer@udallas.edu
Braniff 316
972-721-4080
Bernadette Waterman Ward, Ph.D. Bernadette Waterman Ward, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English; Graduate Director of English Masters program , English Department
Gerard Manley Hopkins, Cardinal John Henry Newman, Epistemology, Christian Theology bward@udallas.edu
Braniff 306
972-721-5339
Gerard Wegemer, Ph.D. Gerard Wegemer, Ph.D.
Professor, English, Director, Center for Thomas More Studies, English Department
Thomas More, Shakespeare, the English Renaissance wegemer@udallas.edu
Braniff 310
972-721-5327

Affiliated Faculty

  Name Biography
Bainard Cowan Bainard Cowan After graduating from the University of Dallas, Bainard Cowan studied at the University of Dallas, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, and Yale University (Ph.D. comparative literature) before teaching English for over thirty years at Louisiana State University, where he was co-founder of the Comparative Literature Doctoral Program and co-developer of a classic-core curriculum in the Honors College. His NEH-funded summer institutes, Poetics of the Americas, tied the classics to modern literature and taught 100 Louisiana college teachers in the 1990s. He returned to the University of Dallas in 2009 to serve as Louise Cowan Chair Professor of Literature and found the Donald and Louise Cowan Archive. He has given over 50 invited lectures on literature at colleges and institutes across the country. The author of Exiled Waters: “Moby-Dick” and the Crisis of Allegory, he has also edited five books and published numerous articles on U. S. and Latin American literature, literary theory, Sophocles, Virgil, Dante, Goethe, and the classics of India and China. His animating vision has been the great forms of the poetic imagination, whose deep unity in the human soul he first encountered in UD’s Literary Tradition sequence. This priceless realization he now seeks to bring to as many people as possible.
Matthew Spring Matthew Spring Matthew Spring received his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas in 2015 with a dissertation on Robert Frost. He received his M.A. in English from Saint Cloud State University and his B.A. in English and Spanish from Saint John Fisher College. His research interests include lyric poetry and the arts of the trivium.
Shannon Valenzuela Shannon Valenzuela Shannon (S.K.) Valenzuela graduated in 2000 with a B.A. in English and Classics. She married Frank Valenzuela (‘00, Politics) and then went on to study medieval literature at the University of Notre Dame. She received her PhD in 2007 and has recently returned to UD as an Adjunct Professor of English.
Michael West Michael West Michael West holds a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, an M.A. from the University of Houston, and a B.A. from the University of Dallas. His research focuses on Renaissance literature, especially the theater of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He has previously taught courses in literature, writing, and Catholic Studies at the University of Houston, Columbia University, and Sacred Heart University.

Adjunct Faculty

  Name Biography
Elizabeth Bloch Elizabeth Bloch Elizabeth Bloch received her Ph.D. in English from the Catholic University of America with a dissertation on English Renaissance pastoral. She received her B.A. in English and Classical Philology from the University of Dallas. Her research interests include Renaissance literature, lyric poetry, and the classical traditions of English literature.
James DeMasi James DeMasi James DeMasi is a Doctoral candidate in Literature in the Institute for Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, and his M.A. in English from the University of Dallas. His research interests include Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance, Castiglione's Book of the Courtier, and Shakespeare's afterlife in early to mid-nineteenth century American Romanticism.
Jenny Fast Jenny Fast Jenny Fast is a Doctoral candidate in Literature in the Institute for Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and her M.A. in English from the University of Dallas. Her research interests include Medieval and Early Modern theater, as well as the intersection of education and literature.
Augusta Hardy Augusta Hardy Augusta Hardy is a Doctoral candidate in Literature in the Institute for Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. She received her B.A. in English from Hillsdale College and her M.A. in English from the University of Dallas. She is completing a dissertation which explores Christian virtue in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Her other research interests include British literature, especially the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Lord Dunsany.
Kate Stearns Kate Stearns Kate Stearns is a Doctoral candidate in Literature in the Institute for Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. She received her B.A. from Liberty University and her M.A. from the University of Dallas. In addition to serving as managing editor for the forthcoming Essential Works of Thomas More, she is focusing her doctoral research on the Nineteenth-Century British novel.
Leta Sundet Leta Sundet Leta Sundet is a Doctoral candidate in Literature in the Institute for Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. She received both her BA in Liberal Arts and her MA in Theology and Letters from New Saint Andrews College, and also received an MA in English Literature from the University of Dallas. Her dissertation research explores narrative surprise in the work of Jane Austen, Isak Dinesen, and Flannery O’Connor.
Michael Terranova Michael Terranova Michael Terranova holds a doctorate of philosophy in theology from Boston College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a doctoral candidate in Literature at the Institute of Philosophic Studies in the Braniff Graduate School of the University of Dallas. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in theology from the University of Dallas and studied literature, philosophy and theology in both Austria and Switzerland. His research in theology includes the relationship of faith and reason, as well as patristic and medieval theology. His current research interests are in prose fiction, especially Henry James and Herman Melville, as well as the way in which art of all forms, especially literature, fine art, architecture and city design reveal the self-understanding of individuals and societies, and embody the aspirations of humans with regard to goodness and beauty.
Meghan M. Wadle Meghan M. Wadle Meghan M. Wadle received her Ph.D from Southern Methodist University’s Department of English. She specializes in nineteenth-century New England factory women’s writings, with a focused interest in working-class aesthetic theories. She is a recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society, and her work on Melville and female wage-earners appears in the March 2018 issue of American Literature.
Rachel Yubeta Rachel Yubeta Rachel Yubeta is a doctoral candidate in Literature in the Institute for Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and her M.A. in English from the University of Dallas. Her research interest include 19th and 20th century poetry and theory of language, as well as the relationship between literature and language and the alleviation of human suffering that emerges from illness, disease, and human tragedy.