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English Faculty and Staff



Donna Woodford-Gormley
Ph.D. 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.


Peter Buchanan
On sabbatical fall 2021

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
Associate Professor, Department Chair
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.

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Juan M. Gallegos
Associate Professor, Composition Director
Ph.D. 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.


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Jess A. GoldbergAssistant ProfessorPh.D. Cornell University, 2018jagoldberg@nmhu.edu505-454-3329Teaching and research interests include American literature, abolitionist thought, Black studies, carceral studies (prisons, policing, and criminalization), gender studies (especially queer and feminist theory), critical race theory and ethnic studies (with a focus on white supremacy), legal humanities, environmental humanities, settler colonialism, and racial capitalism.

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Amanda M. May
Assistant Professor, Writing Center Director, Director of Graduate Studies in English
Ph.D. Florida State University, 2020

Teaching and research interests include writing center studies, social media, visual rhetoric, and multimodal composition.

Rebecca SchneiderAssistant ProfessorPh.D. University of Colorado, Boulder 2019rschneider@nmhu.edu505-426-2073Teaching and research interests include British literature from 1700 to the present (especially anti-colonial and abolitionist movements), Caribbean literature, archival theory, pedagogy, and digital humanities.



Eddie Tafoya
Professor of English
Ph.D. 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, Director of Undergraduate Studies in English
Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018

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