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English Faculty and Staff


Brandon Kempner
Chair of Department/Professor
PhD. Pennsylvania State University, 2006

Teaching and research interests include 19th, 20th and 21st Century American literature, Southwestern literature, multi-ethnic American literature, literary theory and popular culture.


Donna Woodford-Gormley
PhD. Washington University, 1999

Teaching and research interests include British literature to 1700, international Shakespeare, early modern Renaissance women writers, Isabella Whitney, orphans and foster children in Renaissance literature, motherhood in Renaissance literature, Harry Potter and fairy tales.



Helen Blythe
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
PhD. Stanford University, 1998

Teaching and research interests include 19th, 20th, and 21st Century British literature; colonialism and literature of empire, genre studies including romance, pastoral, gothic and aesthetics; Anglophone, and postcolonial literatures and theory; literary vampires and theory.


Peter Buchanan
Assistant Professor of English, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D. Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 2013

Teaching and research interests are historical linguistics, modern grammar, medieval literature, Old English and Anglo-Latin poetry, hagiography, manuscript studies, Old Norse, Middle English, phenomenology and literary theory.



Lauren Fath
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2015

Teaching and research interests are creative nonfiction (including memoir, the personal essay, and the lyric essay), ethnographic writing, genre boundaries in creative writing, and Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.



Juan M. Gallegos
Assistant Professor, Director of the Writing Center
PhD. University of Arizona, Tucson, 2014

Teaching and research interests include composition theory, pedagogy, and history, Basic Writing, Latino/a rhetorics, Nuevomexicano/a historical literacy practices, and NMHU history.  Developing research interests include spatial rhetorics and writing centers.



Jason McIntosh
Associate Professor, Director of Composition
PhD. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012

Teaching and research interests include rhetoric and composition, place-conscious writing, place-based education, National Writing Project, computers and writing, writing centers, Writing Program administration.



Tyler Mills
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D. University of Illinois-Chicago, 2015

Teaching and research interests include contemporary poetry, theories of the lyric, poetic form, myth & genre, creative writing pedagogy, and digital media/ literary publishing.



Eddie Tafoya
Professor of English
PhD. SUNY Binghamton, 1997

Teaching and research interests include creative writing: fiction; stand-up comedy as literature, American humor, the New Testament & American literature.


Benjamin Villarreal
Assistant Professor
Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018

Teaching and research interests are English Education, critical media literacy, game studies, multimodal composing & comics.