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About Us


The English department is committed to promoting racial justice and the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement through our work as teachers, scholars, and lifelong learners. Too often, though, this commitment is not fully reflected in our curriculum or our classrooms. We strive, during this time of struggle for racial justice, to re-examine what we teach and how we teach it, and to support our students in studying literature, culture, rhetoric, and writing in service to social change. In the coming months, we will revisit our curriculum, actively develop anti-racist pedagogical models for our classrooms, and speak out when we encounter injustice. We will seek to expand community-based education and partnerships with organizations that document and carry forward Atlanta’s rich traditions of Black cultural, political, and intellectual life. And we will develop inclusive programming to highlight the work of Emory’s extraordinary scholars, writers, and students working across traditions of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, and postcolonial writing and critical thought. Our goal, in the words of the writer and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson, is to “lift every voice and sing.”

Overview

With close to 300 majors and minors and over 30 faculty members, we are the largest humanities department at Emory. Our top-ranked Creative Writing program benefits from faculty who are major voices in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction and our highly selective PhD program has placed scholars in faculty positions around the United States and internationally.

Faculty in our writing program teach courses in technical writing, oral and visual communication, writing for interactive media, and rhetorical theory. They also oversee Emory’s first-year writing program and Writing Across Emory (WAE), the College’s writing across the curriculum program.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Many of our scholars bring interdisciplinary perspectives to fields such as African American studies, literature & science, LatinX studies, digital humanities, disability studies, Irish studies, studies in gender and sexuality, psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies, rhetorical genre studies, and philosophical and theoretical approaches to literature.

We regularly host visiting writers and scholars from around the world, most prominently in our biennial Ellmann lecture series, and our research and teaching draw on the world-class archives held in Emory’s Rose Library.

We invite you to explore our faculty and graduate student profiles, curriculum, and programming on this site.


Photo: David Walker's Appeal, first edition owned by W.E.B. DuBois, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library.