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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.



Helen Blythe
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. 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
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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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.

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Sara Lupita Olivares
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Western Michigan University, 2020

Teaching and research areas include contemporary poetry, poetics of nature, American Modernist women writers, and British Romanticism.




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.