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Graduate English Faculty

Elmaz Abinader Elmaz Abinader
Professor of English
Mills Hall, Room 313
510.430.2225, moses@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00-5:00, Wednesday 3:00-3:45 and by appointment

An award-winning author of poetry, plays, memoir, and fiction, Elmaz Abinader's courses include Writing of Creative Nonfiction and Theories of Creativity & the Teaching of Creative Writing. She also is co-founder of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and a recipient of a Silicon Valley Arts Fellowship.
Diane Cady Diane Cady
Professor of English
Mills Hall, Room 314
510.430.2221, dcady@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 12:45-1:45, Wednesday 11:30-12:30, and by appointment

Professional Interests: Chaucer, late medieval culture, medieval romance, medieval and early modern drama, new economic criticism, gender studies, cultural studies
Rebekah Edwards Rebekah Edwards
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall Room 344
510.430.2250, redwards@mills.edu
Office Hours: Thursday 9:15-10:00 pm

Professional Interests: Queer theory; problem bodies in 19th and 20th century British and American literatures; visual culture and the aesthetics of alterity; passing narratives; poetics; race, gender and dis/ability in early 20th century US cultures
Bula Maddison Bula Maddison
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 330
510.430.2217, bmaddiso@mills.edu
Office Hours: teaching in Spring

Professional Interests: Bible, bible in modern literature, Bakhtinian theory
kmagowan Kim Magowan
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 349
510.430.2283, magowan.kim@gmail.com
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 12:30-2:00 pm, Wednesday 4:00-5:00 pm

Professional Interests: Nineteenth- and 20th-century American literature, modernism, the gothic, African American literature, film
Ajuan Mance Ajuan Mance
Professor of English
Mills Hall, Room 311
510.430.2213, amance@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:30 pm

Professional Interests: African American literature, 19th-century American literature, US popular culture, the oral tradition in US literature, Black feminist thought, African American art
Nayomi Munaweera Nayomi Munaweera
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 305
510.430.2282, nayomunaweera@gmail.com
Office Hours: by appointment

Achy Obejas Achy Obejas
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 344
510.430.2337, aobejas@mills.edu
Office Hours: by appointment only

Professional Interests: Literature, translation, travel, politics, Cuba
Sarah Pollock Sarah Pollock
Professor Emerita of Journalism
Mills Hall, Room 347
510.430.2359, pollock@mills.edu
Office Hours: by appointment

A veteran journalist and former Mother Jones senior editor, Sarah Pollock's interests include social/cultural/environmental issues and literature. She is the author of numerous articles, essays, and book reviews for national magazines and newspapers.

Patricia Powell Patricia Powell
Professor of English
Mills Hall Room 351
510.430.2204, ppowell@mills.edu
Office Hours: Thursday 12:15-2:15 and by appointment

Author of Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda, and The Fullness of Everything, Patricia Powell teaches fiction and creative nonfiction workshops as well as courses in African and Caribbean literatures.

Kathryn Reiss Kathryn Reiss
Professor of English
Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professor
Mills Hall, Room 307
510.430.2216, kreiss@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 10:00-11:00 and 2:15-3:15, and by appointment

Award-winning author of more than 12 novels of suspense for children and teens, Kathryn Reiss is the recipient of the ALA Best Books award for YA, and a two-time MWA Edgar Award nominee.
Kirsten Saxton Kirsten Saxton
Professor of English
Director of MA in English Language and Literatures
Mills Hall, Room 306
510.430.2214, ktsaxton@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 3:00-4:00, Tuesday 1:00-2:30, and by appointment

Kirsten Saxton has published nationally on 18th-century literature and culture, early British women writers, and the history of the novel in English. Her recent book, Narratives of Women and Murder in England, 1680–1760: Deadly Plots, reflects her interest in theories of criminality and sexuality.
Juliana Spahr Juliana Spahr
Professor of English
Joan Danforth Professorship in the Arts
Mills Hall, Room 315
510.430.2289, jspahr@mills.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 5:30-6:30, and by appointment

Juliana Spahr teaches exploratory forms, ones full of juxtaposed noises, clashing contexts, and community discord even while some of her expectations (and hopes) for writing are more meditative. She publishes poetry, prose, and essay.
Thomas Strychacz Thomas Strychacz
Professor of English
Department Chair, Literatures and Languages
May Treat Morrison Professor
Mills Hall, Room 304
510.430.2208, toms@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 12:20-1:30, Tuesday 12:45-2:00, and by appointment

Author of three books on literary modernism and many articles on American literature, Tom Strychacz's teaching interests extend from American literature to critical theory, drama, and science fiction.

Troung Tran Truong Tran
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 350
510.430.2285, truong.celan@gmail.com
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00-5:00, and by appointment

An award-winning poet and visual artist, Truong Tran is the author of five collections of poetry and a children's book. His work has been translated into Spanish and Dutch, and he was a featured poet in the 2011 Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands—among other awards. He teaches poetry workshops and craft courses at Mills.
Stephanie Young Stephanie Young
Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall, Room 317
510.430.2236, syoung@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 11:00-12:00, Wednesday 1:30-3:00

Stephanie Young teaches workshops and craft classes in poetry. She has published two books of poetry, edited the anthology Bay Poetics, and is managing editor of the Deep Oakland website. Her interests include cross-genre and hybrid writing, poetry communities and movements, new media, documentary poetics, and performance.



Tonianne Nemeth
Department Administrator
Mills Hall Room 310, 510.430.2217, tnemeth@mills.edu

Christina Fisher
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Mills Hall Room 321, 510.430.2240, chfisher@mills.edu

Stephanie Young
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs
Mills Hall 317, 510.430.2236, syoung@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 9/12/18