Regular Faculty

Dane Johnson, Professor, Student Coordinator, and Chair

Ph.D. Stanford University 1993

Research/Interests: 19th-20th century literatures of Latin America and the United States. Literary and critical theory.

Persis Karim, Professor

Ph.D. University of Texas Austin 1998

Director, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

Research/Interests: Iranian diaspora studies, US ethnic literature, global and comparative literature, literature and film of migration, exile, and diaspora, Middle East Studies.

Shirin Khanmohamadi, Associate Professor

Ph.D. Columbia University 2005

Research/Interests: Comparative Medieval European Literature; Medieval Europe and the Islamic world; Premodern Travel and Ethnographic literature; Medieval Translatio/n and Adaptation; Medievalism; Contemporary literary theory.

Christopher Weinberger, Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of California Berkeley 2009

Director, Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture

Research/Interests: Ethics, history of criticism, metafiction, and literary theories in 19th, 20th and 21st century. Japanese, U.S., and British literary traditions.

Lecturer Faculty

Mark Calkins, Lecturer

Ph.D. University of California Irvine 1997

Research/Interests: Classical literature, Modern Literature; Proust, Sebald, Bolaño; literary theory, psychoanalysis, ecocriticism.

Jolie Goorjian, Lecturer

M.A. San Francisco State University 2003

Lisa Villarreal, Lecturer

Ph.D. Stanford University 2013

Research/Interests: Modernism; World Literature; Composition; Gothic and Fantastic Literature; literary theory; film and film theory.

Emeritae/i Faculty

Ellen Peel, Professor Emerita

Ph.D. Yale University 1982

Research/Interests: 18th-20th century fiction (France, Britain, U.S.). Feminist theory and criticism. Women's literature. Literary theory. Narrative theory. Science fiction and utopias.