Literature Faculty

Boe_David_S13David Boe
Associate Professor
220 Gries Hall
Phone: 906-227-2677

Professor Boe has been teaching at Northern Michigan University since 2001. Prior to joining the NMU faculty, he was a postdoctoral fellow in linguistics at the University of Nevada at Reno (1999-2001), and before that he was a Fulbright lecturer in linguistics at Vilnius University in Lithuania (1996-1998). He completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1996, with a concentration in syntax and second language acquisition. He currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences (NAAHoLS), and is a regular presenter at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). At NMU, he serves as the faculty adviser for the Mortar Board national honor society, and he is a Past Chair of the university’s Academic Senate (2010-2012). In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, skiing (both downhill and cross-country), and playing the piano. Professor Boe’s teaching specialties include General Linguistics, Descriptive English Grammar, and History of The English Language.

Brahm Gabriel Brahm
Associate Professor
222 Gries Hall
Phone: 906-227-1690

Gabriel Brahm received his PhD and MA degrees in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of California—Santa Cruz, and his BA in English from UCLA. He has been a research fellow in Israel Studies at Brandeis University, and holds a teaching certificate in Composition and Rhetoric from San Francisco State University. Before joining the faculty at Northern, he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies at UC Santa Cruz; Professor of Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey; and Visiting Professor of American Culture at University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia. His published work on literature and politics has appeared in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Democratiya, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Poetics Today, Rethinking History, and elsewhere. He is co-editor of the cultural studies anthology, Prosthetic Territories: Politics and Hypertechnologies (Westview Press), and serves as Associate Editor for the journal, Politics & Culture. His co-authored book (with Forrest Robinson and Catherine Carlstroem), The Jester and the Sages: Mark Twain in Conversation with Nietzsche, Freud and Marx, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2011. His teaching specialties include the History of Criticism and Theory, American Literature and Popular Culture, Political Philosophy and Literature, and World Literature and Israel Studies.

Eckert_Lisa_F12Lisa Eckert
Associate Professor
255 Gries Hall
Phone: 906-227-1828

Professor Eckert earned her Ph.D. in English education from Western Michigan University in 2002, after a ten year career teaching high school English. Her research interests include exploring intersections between literary theory and literacy pedagogy, the role of critical theory in the development of socially just pedagogies in English education and rural schooling, and the influence of graduate education in rural teacher professional and personal identity development. Recent publications include “Raising Issues of Rurality in English Teacher Education” in English Education (in press) “Continuing Education and the English Teacher: How Graduate Programs Transform Secondary Classrooms” in Teaching Teachers: Approaches in Improving Quality of Education (2010), “Beyond the Comics Page: Pedagogical Opportunities and Challenges in Teaching Graphic Novels and Multimodal Text” in Young Adult Literature and Adolescent Identity: Re-examining the Literary Lives of Teens (2010), and her book How Does It Mean? Engaging Reluctant Readers through Literary Theory was published by Heinemann in 2006. Her work has also appeared in Reading Research Quarterly, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The English Journal and Academic Exchange Quarterly. Dr. Eckert has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences, most recently at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention and the International Federation of Teachers of English conference at the University of Aukland in New Zealand. She and her husband, Greg, are happy to be back home in Michigan after spending six years at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and four years at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.


HamiltonAmy Hamilton
Associate Professor
M.A. & Ph.D., English Lit., University of Arizona
B.A., English & Women’s Studies, Pomona College

Amy T. Hamilton joined the English Department at Northern Michigan University in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Her scholarly work includes essays on American Indian women writers, Anglo-American captivity narratives, and U.S. Southwest border literatures. She is currently working on two book projects: a monograph that examines the pervasive trope of walking in American Literature from a cross-cultural perspective and an edited collection of critical essays on pre-1800 Western American literature.


Caroline Krzakowski

Associate Professor
Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada
M.A, Queens University, Kingston, Canada
B.A., Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Caroline Z. Krzakowski’s research and teaching focus on 20th and 21st century British literature and culture. She received her Ph.D. from McGill University, her M.A. from Queen’s University, and her B.A. from Concordia University. Before joining the faculty at Northern Michigan University, she was a Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at New York University.

Her first book, The Work of Diplomacy in British Fiction and Film 1935-1970, forthcoming with Northwestern University Press, examines representations of international relations in fiction and non-fiction by Rebecca West, Lawrence Durrell, Olivia Manning, and John le Carré, and in the films of Alfred Hitchcock that respond to the political instability of the post-war period. The project shows how matters of international relations—refugee crises, tribunals, espionage, and diplomatic practice—have influenced the thematic and formal concerns of twentieth-century cultural production. Grounded in research in the archives of the British Foreign Office and in authors’ archives, the project demonstrates how diplomatic papers and protocols offer a new way to trace the continuities between geopolitics and writers’ production.


Leslie Larkin

Associate Professor
M.A. & Ph.D., University of Washington
B.A., Linfield College

Lesley Larkin earned a Ph.D. with distinction from the Department of English at the University of Washington in 2007 and taught there and at Seattle Pacific University before joining the NMU faculty in 2008. Her primary area of expertise is American literature (1865-present), with particular emphasis on African American literature, American ethnic literatures, race and gender studies, and reading and reception theory. She has published essays in these areas in journals such as Canadian Review of American Studies, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, and MELUS: Multiethnic Literature of the United States. Dr. Larkin’s first book, Race and the Literary Encounter: Black Literature from James Weldon Johnson to Percival Everett, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press in 2015. This study traces the many strategies employed by twentieth- and twenty-first century black writers to challenge, model, and theorize modes of reading race. Dr. Larkin’s second book, currently in progress, is tentatively titled North American Literature in the Genomic Age and explores how contemporary texts respond to the rearticulations of race, gender, and humanness prompted by genomic research. At NMU, Dr. Larkin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, American literature, African American literature, gender and literature, and critical theory. Her recent courses include “Women and Reading in Contemporary Fiction” (EN 250), “American Literature V: Postmodern Temporalities” (EN 376), “Major Authors: Toni Morrison” (EN 530), and “Principles of Critical Investigation: Reading and Responsibility” (EN 504).

pratherRussell Prather
Director of MA Program and Professor
225 Gries Hall
Phone: 906-227-2857

Russ Prather’s multidisciplinary interests focus on literature and visual art. His research and teaching specialization is British literary and visual culture of the eighteenththrough early twentieth century; his published articles include “William Blake and the Problem of Progression” in Studies in Romanticism. Additional teaching interests include contemporary visual art and the history of critical theory.

Prather is an actively exhibiting visual artist with work in national solo and group shows, including 4 Real, 4 Faux: Animating the Vernacular at Truman State University, The Texas National at Stephen F. Austin State University, the Arrowhead Biennial at the Duluth Art Institute and the Upper Peninsula Focus show at Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Museum.

Before coming to Northern, Prather was a Fulbright Scholar in Marrakech, Morocco, and before that a graduate student, then visiting professor, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. He was born and raised in the Canadian Rockies, and before entering academia worked as a tree planter, roughneck, sign fabricator, graphic designer, and for two years as a reporter for a small daily paper in Albany, Oregon. He likes music, food, people and cats.

Prather runs the English Department’s Master of Arts Program, and teaches regularly for NMU’s interdisciplinary honors program. Graduate courses he has taught at Northern include: Major Authors seminars on William Blake and Vladimir Nabokov, as well as Special Topics courses: Models, Copies, Simulacre — A History of Representation from Plato to Postmodernism, Genres of Writing – Word and Image, Modernism – Literature, Art, Architecture (in collaboration with the School of Art and Design), European Romanticism (in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures).

Jaspal_1013 (2)Jaspal Singh
224 Gries Hall
Phone: 906-227-1832

Jaspal Kaur Singh, Professor of English Literature at Northern Michigan University, received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon (1998). She was a Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Gender in Africa, James S. Coleman African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles (1998-1999). She is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at NMU (2009-2010). In 2012-2013, Jaspal was a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar and spent a year in India. Her research project focused on the representation of Sikhs in Literature and Culture and her monograph is tentatively titled, Gendering Nations: The Construction of Sikh Homelands in Indian and Diasporic Imaginations.

Jaspal is the author of a monograph, Representation and Resistance: Indian and African Women’s Texts at Home and in the Diaspora (U of Calgary Press, 2008); co-edited two essay collections: 1). Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas; 2). Trauma, Resistance, Reconciliation in Post-1994 South African Writing; and assistant editor of an anthology, Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now. Her current project includes an anthology on contemporary Turkish Literature and Culture, tentatively titled, Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in Post-Kemalist Turkey.

Jaspal was born and raised in Burma, lived in India and Iraq, and now resides permanently in the US and calls Marquette home. She has a son, Gautam, who lives in Oregon, and a daughter, Gina, who lives in Los Angeles.

whalenRobert Whalen
206 Gries Hall
Phone: 906-227-2678

Robert Whalen received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto where he studied British Renaissance literature. He is the author of the The Poetry of Immanence: Sacrament in Donne and Herbert and editor and director of The Digital Temple: A Documentary Edition of George Herbert’s English Verse. Whalen has published articles and chapters on Renaissance literature, including a Renaissance Quarterly essay selected for reprint in Harold Bloom’s collection John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets. His articles on humanities computing have appeared in Early Modern Literary StudiesDigital Studies / Le champ numeriqueBlackwell Literature Compass, and the collection E-Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics. He has received generous support for his work from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from NMU where he was the 2007 Peter White Scholar.

Robert Whalen’s areas of academic focus include Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, and British Literature Surveys.

woodDavid Wood
Associate Professor
209 Gries Hall
Phone: 906-227-2112

David Houston Wood, Ph.D., serves as NMU Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of English. He began his position at NMU in Fall 2007, and is currently on sabbatical during the 2013-14 academic year. During his sabbatical, David is working on two major projects and a series of invited essays and book chapters. Of the larger projects, the first involves editing an anthology of English Renaissance drama containing representations of disability, tentatively entitled Disability and Drama in the English Renaissance; the second centers upon completing a monograph of literary criticism tentatively entitled Structures of Difference: Narrative Prostheses in Shakespearean Drama. This project will be the first full-length academic study engaging Shakespearean drama from a Disability Studies perspective.

Having published widely in journals from Shakespeare Yearbook to Renaissance Drama; from Prose Studies to Interfaces; from Disability Studies Quarterly to the Blackwell Literature-Compass Online, David is also the author of a monograph entitled Time, Narrative, and Emotion in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2009), and the co-editor of two essay collections, both completed with Allison P. Hobgood (Willamette University): the first, a special issue of the journal Disability Studies Quarterly, entitled Disabled Shakespeares (free online at [29.4 Fall 2009]); and the second, Recovering Disability in Early Modern England (The Ohio State UP, 2013).

In addition to the Greco-Roman dramatic and epic material he regularly teaches for the “Honors 101— Antiquities” course, David has recently led a number of graduate seminars for NMU’s English Department, as well. Some of his recent courses include Shakespeare and the Wars of the Roses, Literature and Disability Studies, Shakespeare’s Marlowe, Renaissance Sexualities, and John Milton: Poetics, Polemics, and Politics.

David lives in Marquette, MI, with his wife (Vicki), his three young children (Maddie, Henry, and Nate), and a shaggy, black dog (Shep); he is also a proud winner of The New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest (#111).

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