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About Us

The English department is committed to promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment for the study of literary, cultural, and rhetorical traditions in all of their diversity and to providing students with the intellectual skills to find their own place within this rich landscape of creative expression. Through our work as teachers, scholars, and lifelong learners, we support our students in studying literature, culture, rhetoric, and writing within a framework in which multiple perspectives can flourish.


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.