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José Angel Araguz - Assistant Professor

José Angel Araguz  Assistant Professor

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  • B.A. Creative Writing, College of Santa Fe
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing-Poetry, New York University
  • Ph.D. Creative Writing and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati

Dr. José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and the author of seven chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear (Floricanto Press), Small Fires (FutureCycle Press), and Until We Are Level Again (Mongrel Empire Press). His poems, prose, and reviews have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Prairie Schooner, The Windward Review, and The Bind. He also serves as an editor for Airlie Press as well as the online journal Right Hand Pointing, and also runs the Instagram poetry project poetryamano. 

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Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt - Professor

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt  Professor


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN B.A., College of St. Catherine, St.Paul, MN

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt received her Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in English, specializing in postcolonial literature and theory. She also holds a M.A. degree in Creative Writing. Her scholarly and creative works have been published in the Journal of Asian American Renaissance, Jouvert: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Saranac Review, South Asian Review, Rocky Mountain Review, ARIEL, Academe and others. She is the author of the book, The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant published in 2010. The book has garnered much attention internationally, and she has been featured in OPB and KABOO. Dutt-Ballerstadt’s teaching and scholarly interests are in the areas of postcolonial literature and theory, 20th Century Global British Literature, Transnational feminism, Black British literature focusing on the intersections of race, nation, gender and sexuality in a global context. 

Dutt Ballerstadt is the recipient of the "Marvin and Laurie Henberg International Scholarship Award," and the "Outstanding Faculty Award" given for excellence in teaching and mentoring from Linfield's Multicultural Center.

Dutt-Ballerstadt is currently working on two book projects. The first is a monograph titled as "9/11 Literatures: The Anxious Canon." The second project is an edited collection of essays, "When We Speak: Marginality and the Discourse on Marginality."

In addition to being a faculty at Linfield, Dutt-Ballerstadt also serves as a Delve Seminars guide for Portland's Literary Arts where she has offered seminars on Jhumpa Lahiri and Moshin Mamid.

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Jamie Friedman - Assistant Professor

Jamie Friedman  Assistant Professor

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B.A., English and French, Whitworth University; M.A., English, Portland State University; M.A., Medieval Studies, Cornell University; Ph.D., Medieval Studies, Cornell University

Jamie Friedman joined the English faculty in 2016 with a PhD in Medieval Studies from Cornell University. Her teaching interests include courses on early British literature, introductory and advanced literary criticism, medieval and modern women writers, racial and religious diversity in medieval literature, LGBT studies, and film studies. She is particularly interested in the intersections between medieval and modern, canon and margin, sacred and profane. Having previously taught at several institutions before coming to Linfield, Dr. Friedman’s teaching has garnered Dean’s Commendations (Whitworth University), a selection as First Lecturer (Westmont College), Knight Writing Institute recognition and the James E. Rice Jr. Prize (Cornell).

Dr. Friedman specializes in the identity politics of fourteenth-century Middle English literature, especially where medieval representations converse with contemporary feminist, gender, sexuality, and race studies. Her <a href=

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Anna Keesey - Assistant Professor

Anna Keesey  Assistant Professor

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Education: B.A. Stanford University 1984 K-12 Teaching Credential, UC Berkeley, 1986 M.F.A. in Writing, University of Iowa, 1994

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Rachel Norman - Assistant Professor


Daniel Pollack-Pelzner - Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner  Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies

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B.A., Yale University, 2001; A.M., Harvard University, 2006; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2010

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner joined the Linfield faculty in 2010 and teaches in English and Gender Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard, where he helped to edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare's complete works. His Shakespeare courses focus on the intersections of gender, genre, and performance; he also teaches a range of topics in British literary history, including the Victorian novel, and he offers a January-term course on contemporary theater through the Portland campus. He is the recipient of a Graves Award for outstanding teaching in the humanities.

Dr. Pollack-Pelzner’s research explores Shakespeare adaptations: how writers transform Shakespeare’s model into literary forms that speak to their own cultural moment--and shape what we mean by "Shakespeare" today. He has published about representations of interiority in Shakespeare and the British novel in ELH: English Literary History, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, and Victorian Studies. He is currently researching theater projects that translate Shakespeare's plays into contemporary English and adapt Shakespeare's model to represent American history.

An Oregon native, Dr. Pollack-Pelzner lectures frequently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project, as well as a consulting scholar for Age and Gender Equity in the Arts. He is also a member of the faculty at the University of California Dickens Project and is the Shakespeare Scholar for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association. His articles on Shakespeare and contemporary culture have appeared recently in The New YorkerSlatePublic Books, and The New York Times.

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David Thomas Sumner - Professor English/Environmental Studies Director of Writing

David Thomas Sumner  Professor 
English/Environmental Studies
Director of Writing

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Education: B.A University of Utah M.A Brigham Young University Ph.D University of Oregon

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David Sumner is associate professor of English and environmental studies.  He teaches courses in American Literature, philosophy and literature, American nature writing, and Western American Literature.  He also directs Linfield’s writing program and oversees the Linfield writing center.  Professor Sumner has published in the fields of American literature, literature and the environment, rhetoric, and writing pedagogy.  He has also published a series of interviews with contemporary nature writers such as Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, and David Quammen.  His most recent article—co-written with Lisa Weidman—looks at the use of the term “ecoterrorism” in current media.  He is currently working on a book about fire-lookout literature.

When not teaching or writing, Professor Sumner likes to wander the wild places of the West with his wife Heidi and his three children, Penn, Camilla, and Silas, and his fly rod.

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Joe Wilkins - Director of Creative Writing / Associate Professor of English and Environmental Studies

Joe Wilkins  Director of Creative Writing / Associate Professor of English and Environmental Studies

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  • M.F.A in Creative Writing, The University of Idaho, 2007
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering, Honors, Gonzaga University, 2002

Professor Wilkins loves teaching poetry, nonfiction, environmental writing, and the literature of rural America. In the academic year 2018-2019, he will teach INQS 125: From the Beats to the Beatles, ENGL 289: Northwest Ecology and Environmental Writing, ENGL 316: Reading and Writing Poetry, and ENGL 485: Creative Writing Thesis.

Professor Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award, and three full-length collections of poetry, most recently When We Were Birds, which won the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is forthcoming from Little, Brown. Wilkins's honors include two High Plains Book Awards, a Pushcart Prize, and the Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. Of his work, the Indiana Review writes, “The most striking component of it is its awareness of ‘the whole world.’ What is ordinary becomes transcendent. In places derelict and seemingly unexceptional, Wilkins compels us to recognize what is worth salvage, worth praise."

Professor Wilkins lives a short bike ride north of campus with his wife, Liz, his son, Walter, and his daughter, Edie. Together, they enjoy exploring the coast, rivers, and mountains of Oregon.

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