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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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Matthew Minicucci - Visiting Emerging Writer Teacher Fellow

Matthew Minicucci  Visiting Emerging Writer Teacher Fellow


  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • M.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Matthew Minicucci’s most recent collection, Small Gods (New Issues), won the 2019 Stafford/Hall Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His first book, Translation (Kent State University Press), was chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. His poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from numerous journals including The Believer, POETRY, The Southern Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the C. Hamilton Bailey Oregon Literary Fellowship, the Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a Writer-in-Residence fellowship from the James Merrill House. This past summer he served as the 43rd Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence.

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Rachel Norman - Assistant Professor / Director of Writing

Rachel Norman  Assistant Professor / Director of Writing

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  • B.A., English and Spanish, Linfield College
  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rachel Norman specializes in Middle Eastern diasporic studies and U.S. literary and cultural studies. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. Her teaching and research interests include multiethnic global and American literature, contemporary literature, and sociolinguistics. In her current book project, Rachel examines the role of language choices in multilingual texts from the Arab diaspora in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Previously, she taught at the University of North Carolina and the University of Seville in Spain and served on the editorial teams for the International Journal of Middle East Studies and Mashriq & Mahjar. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Arab American Studies Association. Recent peer-reviewed publications include an essay on Arab diasporic literature in the journal Amerasia and  

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner - Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner  Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies

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  • B.A. in History, Yale University, 2001
  • Ph.D. in English, Harvard University, 2010

Dr. Pollack-Pelzner loves to teach Shakespeare, guiding students to explore the plays on the page, stage, and screen. He also teaches courses on Sex and Power in the Renaissance, Secret Lives in Victorian Literature, and History Plays from Henry V to Hamilton. During January Term, he offers an experiential course on theater in Portland. In 2016, he received a Graves Award for outstanding teaching in the humanities at a liberal arts college.

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 scholarly articles about Shakespeare and the British novel, and his articles on Shakespeare and contemporary culture have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

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 a member of the faculty at the University of California Dickens Project and is the Shakespeare Scholar for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association. 

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David Thomas Sumner - Professor of English and Environmental Studies / English Department Chair

David Thomas Sumner  Professor of English and Environmental Studies / English Department Chair

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

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Professor Sumner loves teaching, discussing, and writing about books, landscapes, and the American West. He offers courses such as Litearture and Landscape, and a travel course called The Literary Biology of the Sea of Cortez. In this course, he travels with students to Baja, Mexico and follows the path of John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts. In the fall of 2018, he will be teaching an Inquiry Seminar INQS 125: In Search of the Goodlife, and ENGL 385: The Novel in the United States. Then in the spring of 2019, he will be taking an overdue sabbatical to work on an interview project focusing on contemporary nature writers.

Professor Sumner is the author of a variety of academic articles on topics such as American nature writing, the American nature tradition, environmental ethics, the use and abuse of the term “ecoterrorism,” writing pedagogy, rhetoric, and the novels of Edward Abbey. In addition to teaching at Linfield for the past 15 years, he has been fortunate to also teach at the University of Bayreuth, Germany on a Fulbright fellowship, and while circumnavigating the globe aboard the M.S. Explorer as a member of the faculty for Semester at Sea.

When not teaching and writing, Professor Sumner enjoys backpacking and flyfishing with family and playing bluegrass with the other members of the Bootleg Jam.

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

Joe Wilkins  Director of Creative Writing / 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

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